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WWII Litter on Cornwall's Beaches

Beach Clean

2:24pm 7th April 2014

Pirate FM has learnt litter dating back to the Second World War is still washing up on Cornish beaches.

Surfers Against Sewage says 25 tonnes was collected during the big clean across the Duchy and the UK.

They reckon it is the worst they have seen.

One haul in north Cornwall weighed more than 830,000 plastic bottles.

Spokesman Andy Cummings said: "Most of the marine litter we are finding is plastic which means it's incredibly persistent in the marine environment. Marine life has evolved over hundreds of thousand years to recognise these things as food so they will ingest these things and that can cause death and the same with entanglement.

"We are seeing this year more than ever after the winter's extreme events that marine litter is just increasing year on year, and we can't find a beach in the UK without marine litter on it now."

2:24pm 7th April 2014

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