Photos show scale of rubbish left on Sunderland beaches after warm weather draws people to the coast

Pictures show piles of rubbish near the seafront as warm weather draws visitors to the coast.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 11:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 4:21 pm

The good weather and newly-relaxed lockdown restrictions brought people to the coast on Tuesday, as they enjoyed a day in the sunshine ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday.

But photos show some of the litter early risers found strewn across the beach and promenade at Seaburn this morning (March 31).

Residents and morning visitors were forced to pick up the piles of rubbish left behind this morning.

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Rubbish collected by Sunderland's Wild Sea Women.
Rubbish collected by Sunderland's Wild Sea Women.

Members of Sunderland’s Wild Sea Women, who swim in socially distanced groups at various points during the day, spotted the overflowing bins first when they arrived for their pre-dawn dip this morning, and gathered up some of the rubbish left on the beach.

Jane Peverley of the Wild Sea Women said some of the waste, including glass and plastic bottles, dirty nappies and chip wrappers, will have washed out to sea at high tide.

Seaburn residents Diane Porter, Michael Hartnack and Susanne Kennedy headed to the South Bents field and collected some of the litter this morning.

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Local residents (from left to right) Diane Porter, Michael Hartnack and Susanne Kennedy collect rubbish on South Bents field.
Some of the rubbish collected by residents on South Bents field in Seaburn.
Some of the rubbish collected by Seaburn residents this morning.