Scavengers descend on Suffolk beaches

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to stay away from parts of the east Suffolk coastline after thousands of pieces of timber washed ashore today.

Anthony Bond

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to stay away from parts of the east Suffolk coastline after thousands of pieces of timber washed ashore today.

The wood has been reported on beaches in Leiston, Dunwich, Walberswick, Southwold and Lowestoft.

People have been seen loading vehicles with the timber and others carrying it away.

The wood is from the Russian-registered Sinegorsk which lost 1,500 tonnes of timber in rough seas off the Sussex coast earlier this month.

Waveney District Council is urging people not to remove the wood and police officers are patrolling the area.

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Although it is not illegal to remove the wood, people must notify the Receiver of Wreck or it becomes a criminal offence.

Further details can be obtained via the coastguard website www.mcga.gov.uk along with a form that can be used to notify the Receiver of Wreck.

A Thames Coastguard spokesman said weather forecasts suggested the wood was likely to continue to be blown towards the east coast for the next 48 hours.