Helpers wanted for clean-up

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VOLUNTEERS are needed for a big beach clean-up at Jackson’s Bay - and there is a reward of a free visit to Scarborough Sea Life Centre for all who take part.

The shoreline tidy-up at 11.30am on Sunday June 3 is one of hundreds of similar clean-ups taking place around the UK on behalf of the Marine Conservation Society and new sponsors Marks and Spencer.

The society will use the results to highlight coastal litter pollution and is campaigning to try and halve it by 2015.

Sea Life aquarist Josh Saunders said: “Debris on our beaches is a big problem. Much of it ends up in the sea where it can become a serious hazard for marine life.

“Plastic bags are a serious problem for sea turtles, for example, which mistake them for jellyfish and swallow them.

“Discarded fishing line, netting and even the plastic rings you get around packs of beer can end up stuck around the limbs or neck of seals and cause them serious injuries.”

Beach cleaners should contact Josh the Sea Life Centre on (01723) 373414 to register, and should ensure they don sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing on the big day.

Anyone under-16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.