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A plea has been issued to people enjoying the river at Stoke Bardolph to take their litter home.

The appeal has been made after Steve Williamson, a bailiff for Ashfield Angling Club, posted a video of cans strewn around the riverbank near the village.

It’s the second appeal about litter at the beauty spot in recent weeks, which has become a draw for visitors who use it for daily exercise during lockdown.

Last month, we reported that Stoke Bardolph resident Michael Terry was having to pick up litter in his spare time to keep the problem under control.

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Stoke Bardolph litter
Cans recovered from around the River Trent near Stoke Bardolph (PICTURE by Michael Terry)

During a mile-walk of the area , Mr Terry collected up 162 empty cans of various alcoholic drinks and 12 cans of soft drinks left behind by visitors.

Mr Terry said at the time: “It’s really sad. By my reckoning, I picked up 175 cans in total. What’s really sad is more were floating in the river.

The video posted today by Steve Williamson shows the vast amounts of litter still being left by those spending time by the riverside.

Mr Williamson said: “All I am forever doing is picking litter from along the riverbank down Stoke Lane towards the Ferry Boat pub.

“There are people who are continuously parking along the roadside, drinking beer and throwing their empty cans onto the bank.

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“The worst place is where the lay-bye is halfway down the roadside, I think it must be the same person doing most of it as it tends to be Stella drink cans most of the time.”

“Please could I ask that if anyone happens to see someone disposing of their cans or any other litter that you take their vehicle registration and report it.”

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