Four skips filled with rubbish from rivers

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MOTORCYCLES, tyres, traffic cones, shopping trolleys and even a bed have helped fill four skips with rubbish cleared from the River Welland and Coronation Channel.

The rubbish is normally hidden from view below the water, but ongoing work to refurbish flood defence piles around Spalding mean it has been necessary to lower the water level.

Alec Ambridge-Richardson, Environment Agency operations delivery team leader, said: “Clearing submerged items is not routinely undertaken by the Environment Agency unless they are likely to increase flood risk. On this occasion, however, we decided to act early to prevent any potential for future issues.”

The piling work is due to be completed by March and navigation restrictions are in place.