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Take 5 anglers pick up 30 bags of litter from riverbank

08.05.18

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If you’ve noticed the countryside in the North East looking tidier lately it could all be down to the efforts of a group of community-minded anglers.

Volunteers from Chester Le Street & District Angling Club (CDAC) collected over 30 bags of rubbish during a litter pick on the banks of the town’s River Wear and at Cocken Farm, a private estate water just upstream.

The anglers have been organising annual litter picks for the past 10 years and are keen supporters of the Angling Trust’s Take 5 campaign. In partnership with the Environment Agency, the Take 5 campaign encourages anglers to take home and safely dispose five items of litter or take five minutes to clean up around them every time they go fishing.

Lloyd Atkinson, from CDAC, said: “The majority of the litter was collected in a small section below the A1(M) motorway bridge, an area that has been plagued with large groups of youths gathering to take drugs and drink alcohol.

“This year there were loads of plastic bottles, cans, beer and pop glass bottles and an excessive amount of dog litter bags and sanitary products, although one lucky volunteer found a brand new £5 note. In a previous year we found several table cloths tied up full of ghee, lentils and rice and after an inquiry a local Indian restaurant was fined for littering.”

Eleven volunteers took part in this year’s annual event although the club’s anglers will continue to collect litter throughout the year.

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Angling club members with some of the bags of rubbish

Mark Owen, Angling Trust’s Head of Freshwater, said: “Well done to the Chester Le Street anglers for showing great commitment in helping to keep our riverbanks free from damaging and unsightly litter. By supporting the Take 5 initiative, clubs and individual anglers can make a real difference to our environment.”

Phil Rippon, Environment Agency’s Fisheries Technical Specialist (North East Area), said: “This is great work by anglers to take pride in their river and ensure it remains a pleasant place for them to go fishing, and for the rest of the community to enjoy. They are leading by example in showing that if everyone does just a little bit it can have a huge positive impact on our environment.”

  • More information and posters about Take 5 can be found here

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