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A DUMPED microwave was among the rubbish volunteers found during a litter pick around Baffins Pond.

More than a dozen volunteers from the Baffins Pond Association and the local community found hundreds of pieces of litter during one of their regular litter picks.

They discovered barbecue coals, glass, toys, plastic bottles and other rubbish found in and around the pond and nearby fields.

Riley Wrixon, two, and mum Alana Jackson also joined in with the pick.

Alana said: ‘Riley had a great time collecting litter.

‘Afterwards he was totally worn out and fell fast asleep’.

Baffins Cllr Darren Sanders said: ‘It’s astonishing just what people think they can throw away.’

The association’s chairman Dave Rew said: ‘Baffins Pond and the surrounding area are a great asset to Portsmouth and we have been awarded a green flag for the last two years. The work of our volunteers helps maintain this special environment and encourages community involvement in our activities and events.’

The Baffins Pond Association is run solely by volunteers and is always looking for more to help them maintain and improve the local environment, their community garden and run community events. You can find details of the association on Facebook or baffinspondassociation.org.uk. Call them on 07949 729249 or e-mail baffinspondassociation@ntlworld.com.