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Disgusting Britain! Beaches trashed with litter including needles and nappies

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People flocked to the seaside this weekend as the mercury soared across the country. But Blackpool Beach and Lytham St Annes were among beaches in Lancashire strewn with rubbish by litterbugs.

Volunteers were forced to clear up the mess after people left litter including needles, nappies, wipes and even faeces.

Litter picker Toto Jackson told Lancs Live: “What people leave on the beach is disgusting.

“There’s nappies, wipes, human and dog poo, cans, glass and plastic.”

Volunteer Steven King filled more than 10 bin bags in six hours.

He said: “Over the weekend there was so much rubbish left.

“It was disgusting what people left from towels, bucket and spades, general rubbish, baby wipes, take away packaging.

“I collected 10 or 11 bin bags full from 4pm to 10pm.”

Mr King added that nappies were among items he was left to pick up.

He said: “On Saturday in the space of about six hours between the lifeboat station and central pier I picked up about 20 nappies.

“It’s a shame because the beach is lovely and some can’t be bothered to bin their stuff.”

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Blackpool Council said there were more than 250 bins along the Promenade, adding that there was “no excuse” to drop litter.

A spokesperson said: “Littering doesn’t just spoil the wonderful views of our coastline – it also has a serious impact on the environment and the wildlife that inhabit it.

“We all have a role to play in order to ensure that Blackpool remains tidy.

“With over 250 bins positioned along the Promenade, there is no excuse for people leaving litter behind on our fantastic beaches and in the town.

“Even during unprecedented times, our dedicated teams, alongside a community of volunteers, continue to play an active part in ensuring that the whole town continues to remain clean.

“The council also works alongside local businesses to support the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign, to encourage the safe disposal of litter and promote recycling.”

Brighton’s beaches were also strewn with rubbish following the heatwave on Saturday and Sunday.

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