Forty-one tonnes of rubbish has been dumped on the Bournemouth coastline over the past two days, with disgusted locals even claiming to have found ‘poo in takeaway boxes’ on beaches.
A major incident was declared in Dorset on Thursday after 500,000 people flocked to beauty spots and widespread anti-social behaviour took place on the hottest day of the year.
Thirty-three tonnes of waste were collected yesterday, in addition to eight tonnes picked up between the piers on Wednesday, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said.
Shocking images show plastic bags, bottles and picnic leftovers scattered across the beaches, with volunteers left to clean up the mess.
Locals have condemned tourists’ ‘unacceptable’ behaviour, with one claiming some had ‘s*** in takeaway boxes and left it in the sand’.
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Clark Griswold, from Bournemouth, tweeted saying: ‘I live in Bournemouth, these people came from outside the area, couldn’t give a s*** so just left their rubbish, even did things like s*** in their takeaway boxes and leave it on the sand’.
Another Twitter user from the area said she was in tears at the scene, writing: ‘I live in Bournemouth, we drove down last night to have a look at it. I actually cried.
‘Human waste everywhere, mountains of filth left on sand. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.’
One Bournemouth mum said she was saddened by the images and planned to take her son to help with the clean-up mission.
She tweeted: ‘Tomorrow I’m taking my son, who is 13 to the beach at 7am with gloves and rubbish bags to do a beach clean. It’s sad that we have to do this but it’s sadder seeing all these images.’
Health officials described scenes in Dorset yesterday as ‘appalling’, as services were completely overstretched, workers received abuse and a number of altercations involving excessive alcohol took place.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has threatened to close beaches if large crowds ignoring social distancing advice continue to flock.
He told Talk Radio: ‘We do have that power. I am reluctant to use it because people have had a pretty tough lockdown and I want everybody to be able to enjoy the sunshine.
‘But the key is to do it with respect for the rules – stay with your household, stay a good distance from other households. ‘But we do have those powers and if we see a spike in the number of cases then we will take action.’
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Leader Vikki Slade said: ‘We are absolutely appalled at the scenes witnessed on our beaches, particularly at Bournemouth and Sandbanks, in the last 24-48 hours.
‘The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe. We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response.’
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