Anglers blamed for beach rubbish

FELIXSTOWE: Irresponsible anglers are being blamed for leaving beaches strewn with rubbish, which could cause danger to animals and people.

FELIXSTOWE: Irresponsible anglers are being blamed for leaving beaches strewn with rubbish, which could cause danger to animals and people.

Felixstowe's shores are being used by night fishermen for their hobby, but in the morning walkers find bait papers, bags of litter, old newspapers full of worms, and discarded hooks and line.

Dog owners Paul and Joyce Bellamy were left angry and worried after their 11-week-old sheepdog puppy Jip investigated a pile of anglers' rubbish while exercising on the beach off Sea Road.

“She came running up with all this orange stuff on her face and it stunk,” said Mr Bellamy, 60, a retired piling rigs worker.

“We often find dirty rags the anglers have left, bait papers and worms, and see fishing line on the shore. It's a disgrace.

“I cannot understand why they cannot clean up this horrible mess. There are bins on the prom.

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“I wouldn't dream of leaving my rubbish behind if I went fishing.

“It's not just animals who could get caught in this mess, but children running onto the beach, too.”

Mr Bellamy and his wife, 59, of Tacon Road, said if Jip fouled the beach they could be fined �400 but there were no signs warning anglers of penalties.

A Suffolk Coastal spokeswoman said: “We are not aware of it being a particular problem, although there are inevitably times when it is a bit messier than normal after the peak fishing times during the year.

“Our litter enforcement team do make a point of talking to anglers, reminding them that they should clear up any rubbish and in general this is the case and thanks to their co-operation the beach is kept relatively clean.”

Anglers are liable to the same litter fines as everyone else.

Should anglers be given hefty fines to make them clean up after themselves? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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