Tonnes of cigarettes wash up on another West Country beach

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Police warn off treasure-hunters from Devon beach

Police and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have issued a stern warning to treasure hunters after a shipping container thought to be filled with cigarettes washed up in Axmouth.

We have officers there because it has been seized under section 273 of the Merchant Shipping Act.

It is not a free-for-all for the public. There are dangers associated with containers and products which have washed ashore.

The message is, police are seizing them and would ask the public to steer clear. We are not expecting any more.

– Devon and Cornwall Police

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