Businesses and householders have been warned that spades and shovels will be in short supply this year threatening construction projects and garden work.
The warning this morning comes after reports that the Environment Agency has bought up UK stocks of spades and is now looking to source more from Eastern Europe.
And, the Agency has said that industry can relax as the regulation of businesses involved in waste and recycling will be reduced as all its officials will now all be at work digging drainage channels in Somerset.
Agency spokeswoman April First explained: “We need to start work on the levels and the spadework will be crucial. But, rest assured, we will leave enough spades for children to build sandcastles over the summer.”