Nappies, needles and “human poo” among “disgusting” rubbish left at Lancashire beaches during heatwave weekend

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“The worst one with BBQs is when we had a young child hurt yesterday by someone who left a BBQ under the sand and their feet were badly burnt”

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Plastic bottles, toys and towels left behind after a busy weekend at Blackpool beach
Plastic bottles, toys and towels left behind after a busy weekend at Blackpool beach

Lancashire beaches have been strewn with ‘dangerous’ and ‘disgusting’ litter this weekend, with reports of needles, poo and a burning BBQ left in the sand.

Over the hottest weekend of the year, beaches like Blackpool beach and Lytham St Annes were full with people basking in the sun and families enjoying days out.

The reality of what seemed like a nice day sank in once holidaymakers left their spots on the hot sand, leaving behind unpleasant traces of where they had been.

Litter strewn across the sand, washed up by the tide and left scattered around bins was seen after the busy weekend.

Groups of litter pickers set out with their bags and tools to pick up after others.

One volunteer, Toto Jackson had been litter picking from the aftermath of the weekend in between Blackpool beach and Lytham St. Anne’s where he says he found a range of dangerous items discarded.

Toto said: “What people leave on the beach is disgusting.

“There’s nappies, wipes, human and dog poo, cans, glass and plastic.”

Bags of litter collected from one patch of Blackpool and St Anne's beach
Bags of litter collected from one patch of Blackpool and St Anne’s beach

Whilst on his patch, Toto has seen a number of cars parked along the beach which he says leads to even more littering.

As well as glass and plastic, Toto says he has seen BBQ’s that are still hot buried in the sand causing a huge danger to anyone who might pick it up or even accidentally walk over it.

“The worst one with BBQs is when we had a young child hurt yesterday (July 18) by someone who left a BBQ under the sand and their feet were badly burnt.”

Needles have also been collected from the beach.

Needles found along sand in between Blackpool Beach and Lytham St Anne's
Needles found along sand in between Blackpool Beach and Lytham St Anne’s

Another volunteer, Steven King, went along to the central and North pier in Blackpool where he was shocked by the amount of discarded food waste, plastics and glass.

Steven said: “Over the weekend there was so much rubbish left.

“It was disgusting what people left from towels, bucket & spades, general rubbish, baby wipes, take away packaging.

“I collected 10 or 11 bin bags full from 4pm to 10pm.”

Buckets and spades left behind on the beach over the hottest weekend of the year
Buckets and spades left behind on the beach over the hottest weekend of the year

One thing Steven noticed during his time on the beach was the amount of nappies left behind on the sand.

He said: “On Saturday in the space of about 6 hours between the lifeboat station and central pier I picked up about 20 nappies.

“It’s a shame because the beach is lovely and some can’t be bothered to bin their stuff.”

Blackpool council spokesperson said: “Littering doesn’t just spoil the wonderful views of our coastline – it also has a serious impact on the environment and the wildlife that inhabit it.

“We all have a role to play in order to ensure that Blackpool remains tidy.

“With over 250 bins positioned along the Promenade, there is no excuse for people leaving litter behind on our fantastic beaches and in the town.

“Even during unprecedented times, our dedicated teams, alongside a community of volunteers, continue to play an active part in ensuring that the whole town continues to remain clean.

“The council also works alongside local businesses to support the Keep Blackpool Tidy campaign, to encourage the safe disposal of litter and promote recycling.”