Beaches covered with litter after crowds descend despite lockdown

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A volunteer group has spoken out after daytrippers left litter on Crosby beach during the l ockdown.

Under the existing rules people should stay in, avoid social gatherings and only venture out to buy food or exercise alone.

Now the Friends of Crosby Beach have posted a message on social media complaining about the litter left on the beach by day trippers who have breached the existing rules.

The message, posted yesterday, read: "This StayAtHome malarkey is not working. Signs of gatherings are all over Crosby dunes. Four full bags collected from a short stretch. Knackered now. Tomorrow evening it will look the same."

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Today ECHO photographer Colin Lane took pictures of litter and traces of fire at Formby beach.

Litter discarded over Formby sand dunes after Bank holiday weekend lockdown.

Police recently broke up a lockdown BBQ near Crosby beach. on May 7.

Litter discarded over Formby sand dunes after Bank holiday weekend lockdown.

Officers working across South Sefton took to Twitter to highlight the incident, writing: "We recently interrupted a BBQ party near to Crosby and Waterloo beaches.

"This food will now go to waste.

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"We appreciate that the weather is nice but please don't be tempted to do something so foolish putting yourselves and others at risk."

The incident is the latest gathering to have caused police concern while social restrictions designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus remain in place.