VOLUNTEERS helped to clean up one of Thurrock’s beauty spots.

Thurrock Council’s street services team were on hand to help out at the RSPB Purfleet Marshes site. The reserve had been vandalised with graffiti tagging and, as one of the borough’s most visited areas, the council assisted the clear-up without charge.

Terry Robinson, the RSPB’s office manager, said: “It’s rare we get graffiti here and we are really grateful that the council were able to help us out on this occasion.

“Being a charity means we want every penny to go to protecting and conserving our local environment.

“The cost of cleaning would have been more than £150 but that money will now be able to go toward the essential work we do at the reserve.”