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The carcasses of three sperm whales washed up on the east coast have been taken to landfill sites in a overnight operation.

 

The whales were found on the Lincolnshire coast over the weekend - two at Gibraltar Point and another in nearby Skegness.

 

Jan Smith, who led a team of 14 workers to remove the 30-tonne animals, said it had gone more smoothly than expected.

 

The work took place at night to keep disturbance to a minimum, he said.

 

Mr Smith said he expected the "delicate operation" to take up to eight hours, but all were removed by 01:30 GMT. The process started just after 20:00 in Skegness.

 

The whales were positioned on to three low-loaders before being taken away. They will be buried in landfill sites in Didcot in Oxfordshire and Sheffield.

 

The public were being warned to keep their distance while the work took place because of safety concerns.

 

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