VIDEO: Walking on water – litter-pickers use floating platform to clear rubbish from Wear

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DOZENS of bags of litter and debris were picked from the banks of the River Wear in Durham City.

About 20 staff from the Environment Agency and Durham County Council took part in the litter pick.

Among the tools used was a motorised floating platform.

“The platform is a big help,” said Andrew Foster of the Environment Agency.

“Normally, we use it to remove debris which might cause a risk of flooding, rather than for aesthetic reasons.

“The job has gone very well, we’ve picked up more litter and debris than I thought we would.”

All of those doing the picking were paid staff, but there are plans to include volunteers.

Durham County Council says volunteers already pick litter from further up the banks and will be expanding the project next year.