Public taking from cigarette haul will face fines

The Beer Coastguard Rescue Team, police and council officials are currently on scene at Axmouth beach and the container has been cordoned off.

The public is reminded that all wreck material found in the UK has to be reported to the MCA's Receiver of Wreck.

Those who don't declare items are breaking the law and could find themselves facing hefty fines and paying the owner twice the value of the item recovered.

– Simon Porter, MCA counter-pollution and salvage officer.

If you have found wreck material you can declare it on the MCA website.

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