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Hundreds of bright pink bottles of Vanish have been washing up on an English beach

It’s thought they’ve come from a container that went overboard.

HUNDREDS OF BOTTLES of what’s believed to be the stain removal bleach Vanish have been washing up on a beach in southwestern England.

The bright pink bottles began washing up on Poldhu Beach in Cornwall on Sunday.

Many of the bottles are open and the local council has been advising people to keep their animals and children away from the caustic liquid.

A local cafe and clothing store has been among those documenting the spill and has been sharing photos of the bottles.

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The beach is owned by the UK’s National Trust which has been directing the clean-up operation, but more are expected to be washed up in the coming days.

The council says that the source of the bottles is being investigated, but that there is a strong suspicion that they’ve come from a container ship the MV Blue Ocean.

The ship lost a container carrying bottles of the Vanish bleach after it went overboard across the bay at Land’s End.

It’s believed it may be carrying up to 27 tonnes of the bottles.

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