Beaches strewn with litter following July heatwave

Some of Britain's beaches have been left strewn with rubbish and plastic after the July heatwave saw thousands head to the coast.

Residents of a seaside town hit out at "selfish" sun-seekers who left behind waste to be picked apart by seagulls.

Sharon Lang, who owns Peter's Fish Factory in Margate with husband Peter, was shocked to find plastic bottles all over the beach following the hot spell.

She said: "It really upsets me due to the pollution in the sea already, plus it angers me that people just don't care. It's so selfish.

"Watching all the seagulls picking at the mess, I hate to think what their stomachs contain.

"I was raised to not litter and I've raised my children the same. My 10-year-old daughter came home on Tuesday with a bag of litter that she had collected on the way home, just because she said she felt sorry for mice and foxes looking for food."

Georgina Roberton, the owner of Peony Vintage, also in Margate, said: "There were dirty nappies, beer cans and bottles, tonnes of plastic straws and bottles, a knife, and opened saucy takeaway food just left out for seagulls.

"The bins were completely full and overflowing so some people had filled bags and piled them high on the sands but they should just have been taken to the bins.

"It was just sad to see the beach littered and left for the sea to carry it away."

At the weekend, a photo (below) showing a young boy surrounded by rubbish left strewn across Blackpool Beach was described as 'heartbreaking'.

 Discarded plastic waste, beers cans, fizzy pop bottles and crisp packets were left littering Blackpool Beach (SWNS)

Emily Parr, from campaign group Love My Beach which organises litter picks in the North West, said: "It is completely heartbreaking to see this picture.

"Sadly we have come to expect this kind of thing but to see it on that scale is surprising.

"Our volunteers work tirelessly to keep beaches in the area clean so it's devastating to see them be treated like this.

"You can tell the rubbish is fresh and was left on the beach yesterday.

"If it had been washed up by the sea then the colour in the cans and wrappers would be faded, but it's not."

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People enjoying the sun shine on Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Customers fill up water bottles at the free Rehydration Station at Boots store in Covent Garden, London.
People waiting at Grantham station as cancellations from Grantham into London continue due to the hot weather.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Customers fill up water bottles at the free Rehydration Station at Boots store in Covent Garden, London.
A Southeastern train passes through heat haze in Ashford, Kent as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
People play a game of volleyball in a pop up court in Canary Wharf, London, after 200 tonnes of sand was brought in to fill a space between the tall financial buildings.
A barbary macaque enjoys a frozen fruit and nut treat at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius at Heathrow being recorded.
Amur tiger Minerva cools off in her pool at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius at Heathrow being recorded. The UK's all-time record of 38.5 degrees may be broken later this afternoon.
People enjoying the sun shine on Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
People enjoying the sun shine on Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
People enjoying the sun shine on Bournemouth beach as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
Workmen enjoy ice creams in Manchester as the UK has surpassed the hottest July day on record, with 36.9 degrees celsius being recorded at Heathrow. The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003, could be broken on Thursday, the Met Office said.
RETRANSMITTING WITH CORRECTED BYLINE TO JACOB KING. People play in the water at Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool in Derbyshire, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People sunbathe in Hyde Park, London, after temperatures climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
A man shades his head with a flannel in Hyde Park, London, after temperatures climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
People boating on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, after temperatures climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
A young woman tries to keep cool in Hyde Park, London, after temperatures climbed above 30C in some parts of the UK after a tropical night, as the country braces for record-breaking heat.
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People enjoy the hot weather on Brighton Beach as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People enjoy the hot weather on Brighton Beach as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
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People enjoy the hot weather in Hyde Park, London, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
People enjoy the hot weather in Hyde Park, London, as the UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
The sun rises over Burton Dassett Hills in Southam, Warwickshire. The UK could encounter the hottest July day on record later this afternoon.
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