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Litter claims are pure rubbish

PUBLISHED: 21:22 17 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

SEA anglers in Felixstowe have reacted angrily to allegations that they are responsible for the amount of litter discarded on the beach.

The Felixstowe Sea Angling Society has defended its members and said they are responsible people whose good reputation has been tarnished by the activities of casual anglers.

SEA anglers in Felixstowe have reacted angrily to allegations that they are responsible for the amount of litter discarded on the beach.

The Felixstowe Sea Angling Society has defended its members and said they are responsible people whose good reputation has been tarnished by the activities of casual anglers.

The row started after complaints were publicly aired about the state of the beach in the area of Landguard at the southern end of the resort. The Society then wrote to Suffolk Coastal District Council and asked officers to patrol the beach during weekend evenings and prosecute anyone found leaving litter.

The Society said: ''The litter on the beaches is left by a mixture of tourists and 'pleasure' anglers, the latter usually on a Friday and Saturday night.

''Unfortunately it appears that once again, the local clubs and organisers are being used as an easy target when, in fact, these are the matches fished by responsible sportsmen and women, most of whom clear the beach around them during a match, thus leaving it tidier than at the start.

''This is difficult in an area like Landguard where the volume of rubbish left and the lack of convenient litter bins do not help, but we do our best.''

The district council admitted that sea angling societies do help to keep the beaches clean. A spokesman said: ''We hope to have a meeting with the societies and competition organisers in the new year to see if we can agree new ways of informing the casual angler about the importance of collecting up their rubbish before they leave.

''The sea angling societies, like the council, are doing their best to tackle this problem, and one of them has offered to carry out a litter sweep of the beach early next year.''


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