Ship's medicine chest, acquired from the Receiver of Wreck
"However, it's not a case of 'finders' keepers' and all recoveries of wreck material must be reported to the Receiver of Wreck
so that legal owners can be given an opportunity of having their property returned and museums and other institutions can be given an opportunity to acquire artefacts of historic significance.
(14) Where the Receiver of Wreck
is notified, she must post a notice giving a description of the property with identifying marks.
The Government's receiver of wreck
, who processes incoming reports of sea debris, is advising North East officials on the whale's salvage and disposal.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "People still on the beach who have any property in their possession will be asked to declare it before they leave and fill in the relevant forms or hand the property to the Receiver of Wreck
Whatever has been taken from the containers should be reported to the receiver of wreck
The Government's Receiver of Wreck
has appointed the club as the official guardian of the site and the small finds to date have been donated to St Mary's Church Hall in Fishguard as part of the Last Invasion exhibition of artifacts.
The Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) and the receiver of wreck
have been informed, as well as the MCAs counter pollution team.
Alison Kentuck, Receiver of Wreck
from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: "The timber belongs to its original owners - it's not a case of finder's keepers." One man in Broadstairs loaded his van with planks and drove off without being tackled by police.
Receiver of Wreck
Sophia Exelby has now ruled the containers on the beach are no longer at risk and cannot be salvaged by the public.
Officers started helping the Receiver of Wreck
to remove people from Branscombe Beach, east Devon, where the MSC Napoli was deliberately run aground after suffering damage in a storm.
The Acting Receiver of Wreck
, Mark Rodaway, said today: "People could be arrested as a last resort if they take goods away."