MULHEIMS 'DIRTY' CARGO SPREADING FAR AND WIDE

Plastic and foam car scrap from the stricken vessel the RMS Mulheim is arriving

on each new tide at some of the North Coast's most popular beaches.

Following the discovery last Friday of Mulheim waste at Newquay's Great Western

Beach, the scrap has now been found at Porthtowan, Chapelporth and Perranporth.

In addition it has also affected Sennen, Gwenvor, Priest's Cove, Nanjizal, Porthmeor,

Porthkidney and Hayle.

These are only the beaches we have had confirmed as affected but the likelihood

is that many more beaches will be littered with this material along the North

Coast.

Beach goers and water users should be vigilant when using the beach as to step

on some of the items is likely to cause injury. Much of the larger plastic material

has sharp edges.

SAS have contacted local authorities and the emergency planning team from Cornwall

County Council concerning the 'new finds' and they are currently assessing the

extent of the cargo's distribution.

Richard Hardy, SAS Campaign Assistant says: "We are really disappointed

that a cargo that could have been better contained has now become a nuisance

to beach goers and water users at some of Cornwall's finest beaches. The scale

of this incident may soon have an effect on tourism so it is vital daily beach

cleans are undertaken until our coast is clear of Mulheim waste. Cleaning costs

undertaken by local authorities should be borne by the shipper to ensure the

'polluter pays' principle is fully adopted".

For further information please contact Richard or Vicky on Tel: 01872 553001

or Mobile 07817 401480.