Beach danger

PUBLISHED: 10:34 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:53 10 June 2010

FOLLOWING worries about the amount of dangerous fishing tackle being washed up on beaches, guidelines were issued this week to help deal the problem.

FOLLOWING worries about the amount of dangerous fishing tackle being washed up on beaches, guidelines were issued this week to help deal the problem.

The advice from East Devon District Council's StreetScene team comes after a couple found fishing hooks partly buried in sand.

An East Devon District Council spokesman said: "If anyone walking on the beach finds discarded fishing materials, we would ask that they ring the council to report their findings and we will send a member of our StreetScene team to clear the beach as quickly as possible."

The StreetScene team can be contacted on (01395) 517528.

Mark Gold and Sharon Howe were walking along a local beach on Monday morning when they found a discarded piece of fishing tackle buried in the sand.

When they pulled the line out of the sand, they found the multi-pronged hook was still attached, along with a dead fish.

Miss Howe said: "There really needs to be something restricting how anglers can get rid of their unwanted tackle.

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