A television, 22 tyres and even bank cards and driving licences have been found by North Devon Council clean up crews on the A361

A major litter-pick along the North Devon Link Road is now complete with almost eight tonnes of rubbish collected.

The clean-up, carried out by North Devon Council, saw 1,265 bags of rubbish collected.

Among the items picked up were 22 car tyres, three bags of sand and a television, as well as more personal items, such as bank cards and driving licences.

NDC's head of waste and recycling, Ricky McCormack, said: "We carry out the annual link road litter pick to ensure we make the main gateway into North Devon clean and welcoming.

"Each time I'm stunned by how much rubbish is carelessly thrown out of vehicles and dumped at the roadside. This clean-up is important but it takes up a lot of time and resources that we would prefer to use elsewhere.

"Our crew has done a great job and I hope people will see the improvement on the road and do what they can to keep it litter-free. I'd like to remind motorists that littering is a criminal offence and if they are caught, we will prosecute."

This is the 10th link road clean-up the council has run, with last year's efforts in partnership with McDonald's resulting in more than 1,400 bags of litter being collected. Previous years have also reunited owners with lost possessions, such as wallets and passports.

The majority of rubbish collected, however, is fast food packaging and plastic bottles, as well as pallets and tyres.

If caught dropping litter, drivers can be given an instant fixed penalty notice of £75, be fined up to £2,500 and even face court. There are also heavier fines for larger amounts of flytipping. If you spot flytipping, or see litter being dropped from a vehicle please report it to North Devon Council online at www.northdevon.gov.uk or call 01271 374776.