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MORE than 20 bags of rubbish were collected during a huge litter-pick in Waterlooville.

In just two-and-a-half hours, a team of 15 people were able to find a lorry-load of litter from hedges, trees and open spaces in Stakes.

. Mohammad Mushtaq from One Stop and Sandie Davis from Motiv8 get busy. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142456-2)

. Mohammad Mushtaq from One Stop and Sandie Davis from Motiv8 get busy. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142456-2)

Armed with litter-pickers and gloves, residents joined forces with staff from One Stop, Motiv8 and Havant Borough Council to do the clear-up.

The day was spearheaded by staff at One Stop, which was holding a volunteering week.

They asked Laura Bevis, the council’s community officer for Waterlooville, if there was anything they could do and she suggested a litter-pick.

Peter Dyke, manager of the One Stop store in Prospect Lane, West Leigh, said: ‘Everybody really enjoyed the day.

‘We collected over 20 bags of rubbish. We got all sorts.

‘The weirdest claim of the day was David Beckham’s head.

‘You get these toys and there was a head of Beckham in one of the bushes.

‘We found cans and bottles in the bushes.

‘We also found a dumping ground in one of the woods.’

He was shocked by how much rubbish was bagged up.

‘It’s amazing how much there was,’ he said.

‘It’s hidden away in the bushes and trees.’

One of the helpers was Jackie Forrest, a local pensioner.

Mrs Forrest, of Springwood Avenue, said: ‘It’s nice to have some support. I litter-pick myself but you do feel a lone figure.

‘It was disappointing there were not more local people. I was very grateful to One Stop – they were fantastic.

‘Some had come from afar, with one coming from Aldershot to pick up other people’s rubbish. It’s a shame more people don’t take pride in where they live.

‘I almost felt embarrassed that we had people from outside to pick up local people’s rubbish. It’s not everybody – but there’s a small minority who seem to throw rubbish over the garden fence.’

After the litter-pick One Stop laid on a buffet at the Springwood Community Centre.

Mrs Forrest added: ‘The council cannot deal with all of it.

‘It is not there to provide a litter-picking service for the people who are too lazy to use a litter bin.’