I live almost on the banks of the South Tyne in a very rural location. The river went into spate during last weekends deluge, from the debris lines I would say in excess of 5 metres. We were not affected by the flooding many experienced just upriver at Haltwhistle and downriver at Haydon Bridge. This afternoon I took a walk downriver from our village my first opportunity since the flooding. The amount of debris left behind after the receding waters is something else, what is very upsetting to me as a keen birder and naturalist is the huge amounts of plastic water and soft drink bottles. The So Tyne valley is and a AONB so where does it all come from? we are poisoning our world with all this rubbish! Showing my age but it was impressed on us as young kids not to litter both at school and TV ads, no one seems to care now.