'You’ve been clapping for key workers but then leaving rubbish for them to pick up' - Sunderland Council hits back at those leaving litter on city's beaches

Sunderland Council has hit out at those leaving rubbish on the city’s beaches as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Saturday, 30th May 2020, 1:15 pm
Updated Sunday, 31st May 2020, 10:01 am

In a series of cutting Tweets, the local authority said that the same people clapping for our key workers each week were then leaving their rubbish at the city's beauty spots for essential workers to clear up.

It comes following the recent spell of good weather and eased lockdown restrictions, which have brought large crowds to the seafront to make the most of their newfound freedom.

But as the majority of people respect the coastal beauty spots, a number of people are leaving their litter behind, scattering it across the likes of Seaburn and Roker beaches, with plastics making their way into the sea.

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Litter left on Sunderland's beaches. (pics by @SunderlandUK and John Alderson)

In an angry message to those responsible, Sunderland UK, the council’s Twitter account, said: “You’ve been clapping for key workers for 10 weeks and then leaving your rubbish for them to pick up after you - come on people, you’re better than that!

“Please dispose of your rubbish responsibly in your city.

“We should be staying home as much as possible, but if you’re visiting our beautiful beaches or parks, please dispose of your rubbish responsibly – or even better take it home and pop it in your bin.

“This is dangerous for others and has a devastating impact on the environment.

“Rubbish left on beaches can get washed out to sea and you could even end up swimming amongst it.”

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Volunteers from Sunderland Sea Shepards also spent two hours clearing litter from the beaches on Saturday morning.

And in as warning to those visiting the seafront during lockdown, the council said that there are no RNLI lifeguards on duty on beaches, and urged people to stay safe.

The authority Tweeted: “Remember –continue to social distance at all times wash or sanitize hands regularly, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a hat.

“Keep hydrated, drink plenty of water.

“There are no RNLI lifeguards on duty on beaches so stay beach safe, look after children and do not use inflatables.

“In an emergency dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”

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