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Thousands have descended on to Britain’s best beaches and parklands to soak up the sunshine after three months of indoor isolation to fight the coronavirus. But at the end of the day, disappointing pictures show huge amounts of rubbish strewn across the UK’s sand and parks and overflowing bins.

Shocking pictures show how day-trippers have abandoned beer bottles, cans, plastic bags, takeaway boxes and drug paraphernalia on the grass and sand.

Express.co.uk is asking you should on the spot fines be increased to those discarding their rubbish?

BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker tweeted alongside a picture of strewn rubbish across a pack: “Another beautiful day in Sheffield but this so frustrating. Find a bin.

“Take it with you. Think of others. #PickItUp”

Crime writer Ian Rankin posted an image of overflowing bins and litter and council bosses clearing up the rubbish, writing: “Meadows 7.30am. Not all heroes wear capes…”

Meanwhile, a local council Harrogate Borough Council were forced to issue a warning to litter louts after shocking photos showed widespread waste in the local parks.

A spokesman told Harrogate Advertiser: ”With the warm weather we have had, and as lockdown restrictions ease, a selfish few think it is acceptable to leave rubbish on the Stray.

“Unfortunately these people don’t even bother to use any of the many bins provided and just leave rubbish where they were sitting.

“We are doing what we can with the resources available and have increased our collections to try and manage the problem.

“However, it isn’t just about emptying bins, our teams are now having to walk the length and breadth of the 200-acres of the Stray picking up what people have left behind.”

Bournemouth Beach was also targeted by litter louts with litter pickers forced to go out and remind people to take their rubbish with them.

Meanwhile, volunteers at Westfield Park in Bridge of Don in Aberdeen were forced to take action to clear up the mess left by revellers.

It is a criminal offence for a person to drop, throw down, leave or deposit litter in a public place.

It carries a maximum fine of £2,500 and can be tried in a magistrate’s court.

On the spot Fixed Penalty Notices, ranging from £50 to £80 can also be issued, to people who drop their litter.



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