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Suspected toxic palm oil "ignored" by authorities after it was found on Vault Beach, Mevagissey

By cg_ailsam  |  Posted: March 16, 2014

Piece of suspected toxic palm oil found on Vault Beach

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A HUGE chunk of what is believed to be palm oil – which has proven fatal to dogs when eaten – has been found on a Cornish beach.

The rancid palm oil, which was round 2.5ft x 1.5ft in size, was found on Vault Beach, near Mevagissey.

And local residents say they are unhappy after reporting the find days ago – only for authorities to ignore the problem.

Desmond Hawkin said it was reported to the coastguard at 10.40am on Tuesday, who said they handed over the matter to Cornwall Council.

However, the suspected lump of palm oil, a substance which has killed several dogs in Cornwall this hear, is still wedged in the sand at the beach days later.

Mr Hawkin said: “Sarah Saw the item first on Tuesday in the sea at Vault Beach, on Wednesday it was washed up on the beach.

“My dogs were very interested, though no tasting as far as I could see.

“When I scratched it with my fingernail it seemed greasy and so I wondered if it might be palm oil and since the authorities are interested in finding the source I thought I ought to report it.”

Yesterday when they checked to see if it had been removed the lump was still sitting on the beach.

Mr Hawken said: “As you know at the top in the car park there is a handwritten note from the National Trust warning it might be palm oil and to be careful with dogs.

“They say they are going to remove it - why has Cornwall Council not done anything about it?

“It seems they have little interest and have given the responsibility to the National Trust who clearly is not bothered either.”

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  • JeremyBadger  |  March 18 2014, 12:05PM

    The land between High and Low watermarks belongs to the Crown (In this case the Duchy of Cornwall) better let Charlie know as he is supposedly a protector of the environment.

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  • break  |  March 16 2014, 7:31PM

    This oil's been washing up for quite a while now, we in the south west seem to be the main place for getting it. And we can't expect the dog owners to go everywhere picking it up, its an oil and usually they're fair size pieces, I'm not sure the proper method of removal, unless you carry a shovel and bucket round with you.

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  • Porthlevener  |  March 16 2014, 2:24PM

    Maybe the dog owners should get of their butts and remove the stuff themselves instead of expecting someone else to do it for them at the taxpayers expense. It's not harmful to humans after all, unless you're stupid enough to try and eat it.

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