Dorset Police are guarding a two mile stretch of Chesil Beach after thousands of packets of cigarettes washed up from a container ship
A shipping container carrying tonnes of cigarettes washed ashore at Axmouth, near Seaton.
Chesil Beach in Dorset has been littered with dead Seabirds that have been washed up during the recent storms.
A shipping container washed up on a beach in Devon could be one of many.
It is thought it was lost from a Maersk cargo ship as it crossed the northern stretch of the Bay of Biscay in stormy conditions last Friday.
Most of the containers were empty and are believed to have sunk approximately 75 nautical miles south-west of Lands End in French waters.
Police are patrolling a beach in Devon after a shipping container washed ashore.
The huge container, which was spotted at Axmouth, near Seaton this morning is believed to be carrying around 14 tonnes of cigarettes.
In Dorset the A350 is closed both ways at Blandford Forum because of fallen power cables. That is between Milldown Road and the A30.
Police say the device has now been safely exploded by a bomb disposal team.
Devon and Cornwall police have advised people not to approach any unexploded bombs they might find.
Sgt Lee Henderson said "The ferocious seas are thought to be responsible for uncovering or washing up these shells and there is clearly the potential for further bad weather to unearth more."
He added: “We are asking members of the public when out walking to be mindful that these devices are potentially still very dangerous and not to approach or touch them but to call police immediately"
An unexploded artillery shell was found on a beach in North Devon yesterday.
The device was found at Crow Point on Sunday afternoon, and bomb disposal teams were called in.
It's thought it was an illumination mortar that had been washed up by the recent storms.
Similar explosives have been discovered at Minehead and Dorset this weekend.
A helpline has been set up to support those affected by the storms across Dorset.
Dorset Direct, the county council’s contact centre, is taking calls today to help members of public and support agencies, including the emergency services, local authorities, NHS, Environment Agency and Public Health.
People can call 01305 221 000 to:
- Request sandbags
- Get help with rehousing
- Report problems on the highway, including fallen trees, debris and flooding
- Find out the latest public health information
- Access emergency crisis support loans
Davin Cameron has defended the work of the Environment Agency on a whistle stop tour of the south west as the region continues to battle against the recent floods and storms.
The Prime Minister first called in to Portland and then moved on to watch repairs to the sea defences at Chesil Beach
While the clean up from yesterday's storms continues across the region, there is a fear tonight that more damage is inevitable with atrocious weather heading this way at the weekend.
A deep area of low pressure is forming in the Atlantic which will bring strong winds and a large sea swell.
The tide will be lower but gale force winds will push waves straight onto exposed South West coasts. Our Dorset correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports now, from the Isle of Portland.