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.
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.