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Washed Up Cigarettes on Chesil Ruined, say Dorset Police


6:33pm 25th February 2014

Dorset Police says anyone venturing down to Chesil to claim some free cigarettes that were washed up on the beach, will be disappointed because they're all ruined.

The castaway smokes were lost from a cargo ship that had a container topple overboard during the storms.

Thousands have washed up on Chesil beach.

HM Revenue & Customs said the cigarettes were being shipped from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka when they were lost at sea.

Dorset Police’s Force Incident Commander Chief Inspector Dean O’Conner said: “The councils and emergency services of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole are united in their plea to the public to think carefully about visiting the shoreline.

“Our main fear is for the safety of the public – landslips over the past few weeks remain a real risk and people should not put themselves at increased risk.

“Furthermore, the washed up cargo remains the property of the cargo owners. Local councils and beach owners are working together with the HMRC and Border Force to arrange for the cigarettes to be cleared up, collected and accounted for.”

Bob Gaiger, Dorset spokesman for HM Revenue & Customs said: “These cigarettes were part of a large legitimate commercial consignment being shipped from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka when they were lost overboard in storms. Those cigarettes that have been washed up on local beaches will be recovered and sent for disposal. The public are urged to resist the temptation to collect the cigarettes which have been ruined by the sea water.”

(Thanks to Geoff Moore, Dorset Media Service for the pic).

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