Students blamed for Burrows mess

TEENAGERS celebrating their exam successes are being blamed for endangering wildlife, dogs and people on Northam Burrows by leaving behind broken glass, tin cans and piles of litter. Northam Burrows and Beach Manager Shawn Corin arrived at the Burrows Cen

TEENAGERS celebrating their exam successes are being blamed for endangering wildlife, dogs and people on Northam Burrows by leaving behind broken glass, tin cans and piles of litter.

Northam Burrows and Beach Manager Shawn Corin arrived at the Burrows Centre the morning after the GCSE results were announced to find broken beer and wine bottles scattered all around the building, along the path to Sandymere and beyond to the Pebble Ridge. He also found empty beer and soft drink cans and piles of discarded rubbish including crisp packets and other plastic bags, much of which had blown right across the Country Park.

Shawn said: "This is the worst mess I have seen in 20 years of working on the Burrows. While I appreciate youngsters wanting to celebrate their exam successes, it is completely irresponsible to leave behind this sort of dangerous litter. It not only endangers the wildlife, but also children playing on the Burrows, the grazing livestock, walkers and dogs."

The wind was blowing sand up over the dunes and covering up the potentially lethal broken bottles, he said.


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In an emergency two-and-a-half hour clean-up operation Shawn collected all manner of rubbish and had to sweep up hundreds of shards of broken glass.

He even found items of school clothing left behind by some party revellers, he said.

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A Torridge District Council refuse lorry had to make a special trip to pick up the eight bags of dangerous materials collected and dispose of them safely.

Leader of the council James Morrish said: "It was disappointing to see the mess left by the offenders. Northam Burrows is a wonderful area for everyone to enjoy and mindless behaviour like this is completely unacceptable. Our young people do so much good in the communities we live in, so it is such a shame that the actions of a few leave such a bitter taste."

If anyone has any information regarding this incident they are asked to contact Shawn at the Burrows Centre on (01237) 479708.

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