Storm washes up syringes

PUBLISHED: 09:30 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:36 15 June 2010

DESPITE the forecast of a huge storm crossing the South West, the Axe valley escaped relatively unscathed.

DESPITE the forecast of a huge storm crossing the South West, the Axe valley escaped relatively unscathed.However, some residents were left to count the cost with fences blown down, beach huts flattened and localised flooding in Axmouth.In Seaton, beach huts were left in ruins and, with the combined effect of the spring tides and the gale force winds, parts of Axmouth and other low-lying areas were flooded.In Musbury Road, Axminster, one resident was left to count the cost after a boundary fence was blown down and left scattered along the pavement and another on the perimeter of the Axminster Carpets site was also flattened.One member of the public was left disgusted by the debris that had been brought up on the beach at Seaton.He said: "When I was at the harbour end during the stormy weather on Monday, I happened to stumble across some disturbing finds."I was disgusted to count seven used syringes, condoms, two car tyres, numerous plastic bottles and even a car dashboard littered on a very small stretch of the beach."I can understand that some people have drug problems, but why can't they get their fix at home or at a friend's rather than leaving needles and syringes on our beaches for a child to come along and step on?"They may want to go ahead damaging their own health but can they please stop damaging the health of our environment and those who enjoy our precious Jurassic Coast."In the light of the bad forecast, Devon County Council had made preparations by putting extra staff on stand-by from Sunday afternoon, to be ready for any early morning incidents.DCC played a strategic role, which allowed East Devon District Council to be available to react to any emergency in the area.Other agencies that were ready to respond in the event of emergency were the police, the Environment Agency, which had issued flood warnings across the region, and HM Coastguard.

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