Beaches left covered in litter after thousands flock to coast during heatwave

Piles of litter were left behind on Britain’s beaches after the hottest day of the year.

Bins overflowed, with bottles, bags and cans left strewn around the pavement.

On Brighton Beach, there were even mounds of plastic beside signs instructing people to ‘take it home’ if the bins were full.

As temperatures soared to 31C over the weekend, hordes of tourists caused road closures and traffic mayhem near popular beaches across the country.

Some 70 tonnes of litter was left behind by 500,000 visitors at Bournemouth Beach, sparking a major clean-up operation this morning.

A record breaking 1,300 parking tickets – £78,000 in cash terms – were dished out to inconsiderate drivers who clogged up seafront roads from upmarket Sandbanks to Bournemouth.

Roads leading to the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula had to be closed off after the car parks filled up by 9am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Councillor Drew Mellor said: ‘We were pleased to welcome so many people to our area. Hotels were at capacity and it was great to see our restaurants and bars so busy.

‘Disappointingly, we were faced with significant numbers of illegal parking and issued a record number of penalty charge notices.’

Meanwhile, a rural police force released a picture of 227 nitrous oxide canisters found on just one village road.

The small silver canisters were picked up along a two-mile stretch in the Cotswolds.

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