Booze bottles, hippy crack canisters and used toilet paper left littering beaches and parks after as lockdown eases – The Sun
BRITS who flocked to beaches and parks this weekend after the UK's lockdown laws were relaxed have left booze bottles, 'hippy crack' canisters and USED loo roll behind.
Civic chiefs across the country have hit out at the mess dumped at beauty spots as temperatures soared.
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In Durdle Door, Dorset, where four people were injured – one critically – after leaping from the ancient limestone arch yesterday, a huge sign warns visitors: "Take your litter away."
Used condoms, smashed beer bottles and empty laughing gas – or 'hippy crack' – canisters were dumped at a Sheffield school field, while visitors to a nearby park were seen disappearing behind trees to go to the toilet.
Formby Beach in Merseyside was also littered with metal laughing gas canisters and dozens of boxes containing the nitrous oxide.
Glass bottles and abandoned beach towels were also left behind by day-trippers.
Officials from Merseyside Police and the area's fire and rescue team have issued a statement "to remind people to continue to be sensible and respectful if they choose to spend time outdoors during the warm weather".
"In recent days we have received reports of excessive littering and fires and barbecues being lit as well as people parking illegally and inconsiderately by blocking driveways and residential roads," they said.
In Leeds, food packaging, bottles and dirty nappies were dumped in parks.
Volunteers at one of the city's green spaces took to Twitter to post: "An enormous amount of litter left in the park over the past few days, and anti-social behaviour too.
"PLEASE take your picnics, bottles and dirty nappies home!"
In Bournemouth, council leader Vikki Slade spent Sunday afternoon patrolling the beaches.
She said it was "appalling" to see visitors "not even attempting to distance".
During her visit, she saw "big groups sitting virtually on top of each other".
More than 13 tonnes of litter was removed from Bournemouth beach during the morning, and people who had camped overnight were woken and told to leave, she said.
Many have headed out to enjoy the sunshine as the Prime Minister began to ease lockdown restrictions imposed on March 23.
It follows fresh clinical advice which shows the average chance of catching the virus has fallen from 40-1 to 1,000-1.
Boris Johnson announced that five tests for easing the nationwide restrictions had finally been met earlier this week.
From tomorrow, groups from different households will be able to meet up – as long as it is outside.
At the moment only two people can meet up outside, but multiple households will now be able to have BBQs and garden parties to make the most of the summer.
Non-essential shops are also set to return from June 1 and June 15 with plans for pubs, restaurants and hotels to follow.
Last week England's test and trace system comes into force, which Boris said means the country can lift lockdown measures for most people.
Today, the UK's death toll rose to 38,489 after 113 more people died.
It's the lowest rise since lockdown began.
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