UK beaches strewn with beer bottles, plastic and clothes after heatwave

These grim images of our beaches strewn with litter are sad proof that we are a throwaway nation.

Beer bottles, juice cartons and even abandoned sunglasses tell a tale of fun in the sun – but with not much thought for other people.

One photograph captured a little boy sitting among the detritus surrounding him in Blackpool, Lancs.

Southend in Essex and Margate in Kent were two more beaches ruined.

In Redcar, Cleveland, the Rugby Union club cancelled its Thursday training – and cleaned the beach.

Chairman Neil Young said: “Tonight was about giving something back to the town.”

Emily Parr, from campaign group Love My Beach, which organises litter picks in the North West, has spoken of her upset after seeing the picture.

She said: “It was completely heartbreaking to see the picture taken on Blackpool Beach yesterday.

“Sadly we have come to expect this kind of thing but to see it on that scale is surprising.

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