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Friday, October 4, 2013
Taking pebbles from Suffolk’s shores is definitely against the rules of a day by the sea – unless it’s one or two as a souvenir.
That’s the view of the public after a 39-year-woman was caught stealing around six large bags of stones from Felixstowe beach to decorate her Ipswich garden.
The topic has been hotly debated on the Streetlife.com social networking website.
Marc T said: “I’m actually astonished that anyone would think it was acceptable.
“A kid with a small bucket containing some shells, or a beachcomber with a piece of amber or – what we used to find – ‘lucky stones’ with holes through them are not an issue.
“But shoveling bags full into the back of a car to decorate a garden? No. Absolutely not.”
Jo T said: “My kids love beachcombing for shells and interesting stones. I let them take one or two home, not bagfuls. I think that is fine.”
John S added: “The new signs along the prom do specifically state that beach materials must not be removed.”
Paul Patterson, senior coastal engineer at Suffolk Coastal, said: “The removal of pebbles, shingle or sand from Suffolk’s beaches is unacceptable because it may contribute to erosion of the shoreline or increase the risk of flooding.
“Where there is evidence of this occurring, the council will take action against those responsible.”
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