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Beaches in the North West left covered in rubbish and broken glass following hottest day of the year

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Sunseekers flooded to North West beaches yesterday to enjoy the hottest day of the year, but some left them littered with rubbish.

Many people have taken to social media to express disgust at the state of the beaches and other beauty spots following the hottest day of the year, where crowds of people headed to the beach in search of some sun.  

A dog walker this morning found Formby beach covered in plastic soft drink bottles, beer bottles and bottle caps. 

One also pointed out the danger of leaving glass bottles which get broken and hidden under the sand, causing a danger to adults and kids playing on the beach.

Formby beach was very busy yesterday, with Merseyside Police heading down to crack down on large groups that were ignoring social distancing rules.

Officers have now put a dispersal zone in place until Friday afternoon. 

Insp Graham Fisher said: “We’re aware of the significant impact that anti-social behaviour can have on individuals and communities, and we will be targeting people we suspect of being involved in this type of behaviour in the area.

“We would like to thank the vast majority of you who are adhering to social distancing measures and protecting the wider community.”

Other people noticed how busy Blackpool Beach was yesterday, with one Twitter user stating: “This shows there are people willing to risk catching Covid 19 for a bit of Sunshine”.

This isn’t the first time a nice bit of weather has meant the beaches have been covered in litter. Back in June when the lockdown was first eased, many people flooded to the beaches and other beauty spot leaving them covered in litter and in an ‘absolute disgrace’.

Formby Beach is part of the National Trust and the charity urged people to be respectful of the area at the start of June. 

The General Manager of Formby Beach said on June 1st: “During the easing of restrictions, we ask people to use good sense and be respectful of other communities when deciding to travel for their daily exercise.

“If National Trust Formby becomes overcrowded, we may need to make the decision to close [and] we advise members of the public not to visit immediately and visit us another time.”

Blackpool saw masses of visitors yesterday, with the rubbish left behind taking volunteers from The Big Blackpool Beach Clean Up group four hours to clean overnight. 

In a post on their Facebook group a volunteer said she was ‘absolutely shattered and aching all over’, but promised they will be back this evening to clean the beach up again after, they expect, more crowds will flood. 

Cleaning up litter costs taxpayers over £1 billion a year in street cleaning and everything from a cigarette butt to a big bag of rubbish is classed as littering.

It’s important to remember littering is an environmental offence that will lead to fines if caught.

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Leaked documents reveal which Covid restrictions may remain after July 19th

We might have to wear our face masks for a little bit longer…

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Leaked documents are claiming that the current social distancing rules and restrictions will be staying in place after the revised ‘freedom day’ on July 19th.

The memo, obtained by Politico, listed a number of restrictions that the government plans to keep in place for the foreseeable future.

According to the leaked documents, face masks may have to remain mandatory in certain settings for the long term, employers and employees will be told to decide amongst themselves as to whether they want to return to the office or work from home.

As well as that, it says some form of border control and quarantine will be needed for a significant period of time to prevent new variants entering the country.

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The memo also states that plastic screens – such as those currently used in hairdressers and restaurants – may actually spread Covid rather than prevent it.

Ministers are also considering bringing in new rules for businesses to keep workplaces better ventilated, the documents claim. 

Cabinet office sources have since stressed that the document was one of several including multiple options – with nothing signed off by ministers yet or anywhere near being announced.

This comes just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed back the highly anticipated ‘freedom day’, June 21st, by just short of a month to July 19th. 

Johnson said this was a result of the new Delta variant, which makes up for 90% of new cases across the country: “I think it is sensible to wait just a little longer.

“I am confident we won’t need more than four weeks – it’s unmistakably clear that the vaccines are working – but now is the time to ease off the accelerator.

“We have the chance to save many thousands of lives by vaccinating millions more people.”

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Covid vaccine to be mandatory for care home workers

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The Covid-19 vaccine is to become mandatory for all care home staff members across the country, new reports detailed last night. 

It is believed that care staff will be given sixteen weeks to receive the jab or will face the possibilities of either being moved to a different posting or losing their jobs entirely.

The Guardian reported that the new plans are expected to be announced in the next couple of days.

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It is expected that ministers will also be pushing ahead with compulsory vaccination for most of the 1.5 million people working in social care across the country, despite employer and staff organisations warning that it could result in workers quitting rather than getting vaccinated.

The reports also claim that the government is keen to make it mandatory for the 1.38 million people who are employed by the NHS in England to get vaccinated against Covid-19 – proposals that have already been criticised by groups representing doctors, nurses and other staff.

Workers who can prove they are medically exempt from receiving the vaccine will not be affected.

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The government has been widely criticised for its lack of support of care homes at the start of the pandemic; residents were heavily affected by the outbreak of Covid-19 and significant numbers, including many people with dementia, died as a result.

An investigation by Amnesty International late last year found that a series of ‘shockingly irresponsible’ Government decisions put tens of thousands of older people’s lives at risk and led to multiple violations of care home residents’ human rights.

As a result, between March 2nd and June 12th this year, 28,186 ‘excess deaths’ were recorded in care homes across England, with over 18,500 care home residents confirmed to have died with Covid-19 during this period.

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Budget supermarket cheaper than Aldi and Lidl ‘to open 300 stores in the UK’

Get your wallets ready, there’s a new bargain supermarket in town…

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A new supermarket that could rival the likes of Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Asda is set to open hundreds of UK stores, according to new reports.

Mere was founded as Svetofor in Siberia back in 2009, and has already opened four stores in Preston, Castleford, Mold and Caldicot.

However, according to The Grocer, a platform dedicated to supermarket and grocery news, its plans to expand are now well and truly underway – with a few Greater Manchester locations on the list of planned new stores.

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And, to make the arrival of this new supermarket even more interesting, Mere’s head of UK buying, Pavels Antonovs, claims it would be thirty percent cheaper than other UK rivals.

He said: “We are the gap in the market. We don’t have any competitors. Our model is no service and no marketing.”

Existing Mere stores are said to include a walk-in chiller room and freezer, while items are typically sold directly from the pallets they’re delivered on.

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The supermarket also apparently buys stock from suppliers on a ‘sale or return basis’, meaning it will return any unsold goods to the seller.

The planned locations which are currently listed are Stretford, Stockport, Devon, Neath, Banbury, Selby, Bradford, Middlesbrough, Grantham, Kettering, Plymouth, Beckenham, Gloucester, Northampton, Cardiff, Oswestry, Barnsley, Sheffield, Exeter, Southampton, south Scotland and Wales.

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