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Beach clean-up volunteers gather

Volunteers are scouring beaches in East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire as part of an annual litter survey and clean-up operation.

The Beachwatch survey organised by the Marine Conservation Society is the biggest of its kind.

Beaches being targeted by volunteers include Flamborough's South Landing and Hessle Foreshore.

Seafronts in Withernsea, Spurn Head and Cleethorpes will also benefit as part of this weekend's clean-up.

Last year's Beachwatch results showed that the amount of litter on beaches around the country had more than doubled since the annual survey began in 1994.

The main sources of litter on beaches are from the public, fishing, sanitary waste and shipping.

The Marine Conservation Society wants to halve the litter on Britain's beaches by 2015.

Emma Snowden, litter projects co-ordinator, said: "We need the public's help to survey more beaches to tackle the relentless tide of litter threatening our beaches and wildlife.

"The information collected will help us tackle the sources of litter and campaign to reduce the most common and harmful items ending up on our beaches and killing wildlife."

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