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Issue: - 15 August 2013

Help make the 20th annual Beachwatch Big Weekend the biggest ever!

BE part of the only UK wide beach clean that not just picks up litter, but records where it comes from too... The 20th Beachwatch Big Weekend will take place on 20 September to 23 September 2013. If you're looking for an excuse to get out on a beach in September when most people are turning their attentions to more indoor pursuits, then the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) may have the very thing for you.

You could be among thousands of volunteers who annually join the MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend every third weekend in September to clean their local or favourite beach, record what they find to help the fight against marine litter both at home and abroad as part of the International Coastal Clean-up, organised by Ocean Conservancy.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the September Beachwatch clean ups and the charity is determined to make it bigger and better than ever; with more volunteers and more beaches cleaned.

"Beach litter has steadily risen over the two decades we've been recording it on UK beaches. Beachwatch is the most respected and long standing beach litter survey in the UK, but we need more people to join us as volunteer beach cleaners to help make this 20th anniversary event the most comprehensive collection of data yet."
says MCS Beachwatch Officer, Lauren Eyles.

The MCS hopes the 20th anniversary event will have even more volunteers than in 2008 when over 5,000 people helped clean nearly 400 beaches.

"Cleaning a beach only takes a couple of hours at most. The Beachwatch organiser explains how to fill in the data forms and then it's just a case of grabbing a litter picker and a bin bag and filling it up with rubbish!"
says Lauren Eyles.

Over the years Beachwatch volunteers have found everything from a life size fake donkey to KP peanut packet from the 1970's washed up on our beaches.

Beachwatch really does make a difference to litter on our shorelines says Lauren Eyles:- "In 2010 the Beachwatch data highlighted a rise in the amount of sewage related debris (SRD) found on UK beaches; that's the stuff people put down their toilets but shouldn't, like condoms, nappies and sanitary towels – which led to a drop in SRD the following year, whilst in 2011 the revelation that there was a sharp rise in dog poo bags on beaches led to far less being found in 2012 after high levels of media coverage."

If you would like to get involved in an event that will benefit your favourite or nearest beach and help the issue of beach litter globally, visit:-  or email:- or call the Beachwatch team on:- 01989 567807.


MERSEYSIDE Police are trying to trace a number of items stolen during a burglary in Waterloo recently. On Tuesday, 6 August 2013, a report was received that a property on Kingsway had been subjected to a burglary.

A number of items were taken from the property including:-

► A distinctive Rolex Tudor watch. The watch has a steel case with a bronze dial and a chronograph.

► A distinctive wedding ring White gold 18k with princess cut diamonds.

► A Sony Vaio laptop (4GB).

It is thought the burglary occurred sometime between Saturday, 27 July and Monday, 5 August 2013.

DC Stephanie Rimmer, said:- "Sadly this victim has had a number of irreplaceable items taken which are of great sentimental value to him. The watch is the only item he had left to remind him of his grandfather. I ask members of the public to be on the lookout in case they are offered such items for sale, on the street, in a pawnbrokers or a jewellers."  

Anyone with information that may help this investigation is asked to call Sefton CID on:- 0151 777 3807 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on:- 0800 555 111.

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