MORE than 40 years’ worth of rubbish has been removed from Beachy Head.

Members of the Maritime Volunteer Service transported 30 large builders’ bags full of plastic debris from inaccessible rocks below Beachy Head.

It was taken aboard the vessel East Sussex 1 and upon its arrival at Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne, the waste was taken away for proper disposal.

The plastic had been washed up by the sea over the last 40 or more years and built-up layers, despoiling the coastline and putting wildlife at risk.

Greg Darby, head of unit of the East Sussex Maritime Volunteer Service, said: “We are very happy to continue to support this very important project. I am proud of the excellent seamanship skills and teamwork shown by our crew and of the support of the whole unit during the clear-up operation.

“I’m also happy to say that we’re expecting to resume our youth group programme shortly, both taking youngsters and their leaders out on East Sussex 1 and also providing them with small boat training in the harbour.”