AWARD-WINNING BEACHES in Tynemouth are being spoiled by litter louts who are leaving behind bottles, cans and food waste which has forced residents to take community action.
A local swimmer, Mallory Smith, is one of the three founders of Totally Tynemouth Collective, which was set up in response to litter and anti-social behaviour issues in order to protect Tynemouth and its beaches.
Over lockdown, Ms Smith, along with other early morning swimmers, had to regularly clear up dangerous shards of glass and metal on the beach from party-goers the night before. This even included exploded glass bottles heated by fires.
The Collective aims to be a positive force to protect Tynemouth’s beaches and its wildlife and is in the process of gathering survey responses from residents to ensure that King Edward’s Bay and Long Sands Beach are safe and litter free for all.