Photos on social media from the weekend show that Cornish beauty spots, including Bude’s Summerleaze beach, have really struggled with litter left behind by unthinking individuals.
Bude Police took prompt action after hearing of large gatherings on the sand dunes at Summerleaze on Friday (29th May) who left behind substantial litter and mess. They placed a dispersal order for 48 hours under section 35 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This meant officers were able to disperse anyone causing harassment, harm or distress, ensuring they could not return for 48 hours without risk of arrest and prosecution. There was a police presence by the beach huts at Life’s a Beach yesterday. Sad that our beaches need policing due to people’s thoughtlessness. The shortage of lifeguard cover should have put people off, too.
Bude Surf Life Saving Club’s Ella Henwood was on Radio 5 Live at the weekend talking about the voluntary work of the club and the safety aspects of visiting the beach. Bude SLSC voluntarily patrolled both Summerleaze and Crooklets beaches, with the support of its club members and an army of local people who offered their help. Someone wrote on our Facebook page that lockdown has highlighted two kinds of people, those who help like Bude SLSC, and those who hate. Be a helper, not a hater.
Inland, Bodmin Moor Commons found barbeques, campfires and so much rubbish on the moors. Apart from the very obvious fire risk in this tinder-dry weather, they found gasping fish (who were saved) following the river dammed, numerous reports of dogs chasing sheep, camper vans, campers, and to top it all human excrement and soiled toilet roll. Someone on Twitter commented on buses parked at Crowdy last night, with music blaring, a bonfire on the go and dogs roaming around.
On social media, people have blamed self-entitlement and a feral failure to know how to behave socially since lockdown.
Hopefully, the cooler weather that is coming will help put a stop to behaviour like this.