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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.”

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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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Holidaymakers in Ibiza and Majorca will have to wear a face mask at all times in public

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Holidaymakers who are jetting to Majorca and Ibiza will have to wear face masks, it has been confirmed today. 

The Balearic Islands have confirmed that they are tightening the rules of mask-wearing. The news comes just hours after Catalonia revealed it will be making face masks obligatory at all times in public. 

It has yet to be confirmed if wearing a face mask will be mandatory on the beach.

Only yesterday did Catalonia extend the exceptions of their rules on making people wear face masks on the beaches.

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If you fail to follow the rules, meaning wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, you will be hit with a hefty €100 fine.

Until now in Spain, face masks have only been obligatory in public places such as shops, and public spaces where social distancing of 5 feet cannot be maintained.

The change means tourists will be expected to wear masks also at any point outside, although practising sport or children under six are exempt. 

For those living under the same roof, wearing a face mask while travelling in the same car is not compulsory. 

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Police are expected to provide advice to foreign holidaymakers who may be unfamiliar with the new rules before they start issuing fines. 

News regarding the rules in Costa del Sol are yet to be announced. 

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Free TV licences for pensioners will officially be axed from August

It’s expected it will effect 3.7 million pensioners.

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It has been confirmed that millions of pensioners will be stripped of free TV licenses from August 1st. 

The BBC has announced there will be no extension to the two-month stay-of-execution that was triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. 

It is estimated that 3.7 million over-75s will now have to pay £157.50 a year to watch their favourite TV shows. 

In the 2017 Conservative election, they pledged to protect free licenses for the rest of Parliament, which was set to run until 2022. 

However, the BBC had been responsible for the lifeline from June 2020 following a deal agreed in 2015. 

The BBC says keeping licenses free for all over 75s would cost £745 million. Instead, the corporation is introducing restrictions that mean only over-75s who receive Pension Credit will be eligible. 

BBC chairman Sir David Clementi said: “The decision to commence the new scheme in August has not been easy, but implementation of the new scheme will be Covid-19 safe.

“The BBC could not continue delaying the scheme without impacting on programmes and services.

“Around 1.5 million households could get free TV licences if someone is over 75 and receives Pension Credit, and 450,000 of them have already applied.

“And critically it is not the BBC making that judgment about poverty. It is the Government who sets and controls that measure.

“Like most organisations the BBC is under severe financial pressure due to the pandemic, yet we have continued to put the public first in all our decisions.

“I believe continuing to fund some free TV licences is the fairest decision for the public, as we will be supporting the poorest oldest pensioners without impacting the programmes and services that all audiences love.”

Shadow Culture Minister, Chris Matheson, issued a last plea for the government to take responsibility in the Commons today. 

He said: “The BBC is cutting jobs and content to pay for the cost of the licence dumped on them by the Government – and pensioners are forced to choose between eating and watching TV.”

Culture Minister Matt Warman said: “The fact is that the BBC has had a generous licence fee settlement and it is deeply disappointing that they have chosen to go down the path that they apparently are going down.

“I would, of course, hope that there is yet time to reconsider that because he is right to say that television has been vital comfort for many people in the last few months.

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Boots to cut more than 4,000 jobs due to ‘significant impact’ of coronavirus

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Boots has said that more than 4,000 jobs are to be cut, about 7% of its workforce.

According to Boots, the company is consulting on plans to restructure its head office and store teams, as well as closing 48 Boots Opticians stores.

A Boots spokesman has said the move was part of action to mitigate the ‘significant impact’ of coronavirus, and will particularly affect staff who work in the Nottingham support office.

Some deputy and assistant manager, beauty adviser and customer adviser roles will also be affected across its stores.

As well as the job cuts, 48 Boots Opticians stores will also close, the Mirror reports.

Sebastian James, managing director of Boots UK, said: “The proposals announced today are decisive actions to accelerate our transformation plan, allow Boots to continue its vital role as part of the UK health system, and ensure profitable long-term growth.

“I am so very grateful to all our colleagues for their dedication during the last few challenging months.

“They have stepped forward to support their communities, our customers and the NHS during this time, and I am extremely proud to be serving alongside them.

“In doing this, we are building a stronger and more modern Boots for our customers, patients and colleagues.

“We recognise that today’s proposals will be very difficult for the remarkable people who make up the heart of our business, and we will do everything in our power to provide the fullest support during this time.”

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