Four guns were among the debris found in the river during the four-day Cleaner Thames Challenge.

The weapons were found on the foreshore at Hammesmith during the annual event in whwich volunteers help clear rubbish from the river foreshore.

Backed by the Thames 21 organisation a site at the Ise of Dogs saw 67 volunteers collect 3 tonnes of litter. At Hammersmith there were 76 volunteers and 2.5 tonnes of litter removed.

Battersea's figures were 78 volunteers and 1.5 tonnes of litter while at Erith there were 46 volunteers and 1 tonne of rubbish.

Coordinator Alice Hall: “We were thrilled to have such a strong show of support for London’s river again at this year’s Cleaner Thames Challenge.

" We were joined by many of our regular hard-working volunteers, and there were also a lot of new faces at all the sites. They did a great job in removing a lot of harmful litter from the river, but obviously our job isn’t done and we still have a lot of work to do in changing the way we discard of our waste and look after our waterways."

"The Cleaner Thames Challenge was also a chance to capture people’s views about the Thames as part of our Your Tidal Thames project, and it was really encouraging that so many residents had constructive ideas for improving the river and our enjoyment of it.”

The Your Tidal Thames project, which Thames21 is co-leading with Thames Estuary Partnership is a Defra-funded project which is taking a community approach to river management, capturing Londoners views, concerns and ideas about the tidal Thames to help shape a catchment plan for future management of the river by the end of 2012. To have your say or to find our more, click here.

Story dated October 25th 2012

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