Isle of Wight sailors can hand in up to six out-of-date distress flares at Cowes Yacht Haven, in a week long amnesty which starts on Sunday.

A notice has been issued by Cowes Harbour Commission.

The amnesty runs from July 4 until July 11.

It is only for Islanders and proof of address is required, says the notice. 

Isle of Wight County Press: Cowes harbour.Cowes harbour.

The facility will be open from 8am until 6pm Sunday to Thursday, and from 8am until 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

Anyone with more than six out-of-date flares can still hand them in, but must pay a fee.

A letter has been issued by Cowes Harbour Master and shared by National Coastwatch Needles on Twitter.