On Thursday, September 30, 2004, the Post reported...

A BUCKET full of live rats was just one of the bizarre finds during a Bowling beach clean-up.

Youngsters made the gruesome find as they were cleaning up the local harbourside recently.

The rats soon scurried for cover — but Ewan Kane, environment officer at West Dunbartonshire Greenspace, revealed volunteers called it a day shortly afterwards.

Ewan told the Post: “We collected a fridge, sewage related debris, plastic bags, traffic cones, cotton buds and found the bucket of rats.

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“There must have been about 10,000 cotton buds and we picked up several thousand of them. People just flush them down the toilet.”

Around 20 volunteers braved torrential weather to lift rubbish from the riverfront, including plastic bags which can kill local wildlife.

People are being urged to bin their rubbish instead of dumping it at the riverfront or flushing it down the toilet.

The clean-up takes place three times a year in spring, summer and autumn.