Written by News 1st
26 Feb, 2014 | 6:15 pm
Thousands of packets of cigarettes have washed up on Chesil Beach in Dorset, England.
They began appearing before midday and are thought to come from containers which fell off a cargo ship in the Bay of Biscay during last week’s storms.
Bob Gaiger, Dorset spokesman for HM Revenue and Customs, said the cigarettes were part of a “large legitimate commercial consignment” being shipped from Rotterdam to Sri Lanka.
Dorset Police are guarding the two-mile stretch covered by the cigarettes with the UK Border Agency.
A trail of packets each containing 200 cigarettes, along with individual packets and capsules of what appears to contain tobacco is covering a two-mile stretch of Chesil Beach.
Dorset Police officers and community safety officers have been at the scene since the morning to deter people from scavenging.
Ch Insp Dean O’Conner said the cargo had been “badly damaged” and was “beyond use”.
“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,” he added.
“Furthermore, the washed up cargo remains the property of the cargo owners.”
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