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PICTURES: You won’t believe what Royal Docks volunteers dragged out of the Thames

PUBLISHED: 15:43 10 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:51 10 April 2017

The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers

The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers

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When a keen army of volunteers flooded the Thames Foreshore to clean up the neighbourhood, they expected to be picking up plastic bottles.

The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers

And sure enough, the flock of more than 100 residents at the Big Spring Beach Clean picked up 250 of them – but stranger things were to come.

Dom Ferris, from Surfers Against Sewage, who ran this clean-up and 400 others like it across the country, was impressed with the rubbish they cleaned up: “There was so much litter that we had to weigh it individually, but we think there was two tonnes. It was mostly scrap metal. We found a motorbike, rifle bullets and a safe.”

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It sounds like ingredients for a detective novel, but unbelievably it was sitting in our river.

The event on Monday April 3rd was well-publicised by local groups Thames21 and Royal Docks Community Voice, and combined with the sunny weather, there was an impressive turnout.

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Dom said: “It was a really good day and went very well.”

“We had young families, people who took the day off to come down, 25 children from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and some youngsters from a small charity called Get City Kids Surfing.”

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The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers The Surfers Against Sewage charity cleaning up the Thames foreshore at Woolwich with an army of volunteers

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