Original article from Kent Live
A beach cleaning volunteer group has taken to Facebook following some disgusting finds on a Thanet beach.
The volunteer group Friends of Botany Bay and Kingsgate say "years of complacency and neglect" have left dangerous objects at the beautiful coastal spot.
Despite several campaigns raising awareness, and after more than 300 hours of cleaning by volunteers in 2021 alone, the group admits it is still finding objects that prove to be a concern in a place where "kids run around barefoot".
On their usual clean up today (May 4) volunteers found "hundreds" of nails, sharp BBQ grills and, shockingly, human faeces.
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Several images posted by the volunteers on the Friends of Botany Bay Facebook page show the extent of the waste left on beach, often described as a "hidden gem".
Nails can be seen scattered dangerously across the sand, with BBQ grills also littered on the floor.
A discarded nappy was also left for the group to clear up.
Their post read: "Despite the 10-12 hours by Thanet District Council (and the 300 + hours by volunteers) beach cleaning since the new year there's always a surprise or two – thanks to years of complacency and neglect.
"Hundreds of nails in two separate spots, uncovered by the strong wind. Two more sharp BBQ grills and almost a full sack of general litter.
"Oh – and a couple of piles of human poo…..hi di hi campers!
"The nails (not to mention the human faeces) are a reminder why beach fires and BBQs have no place on a public beach where kids run around barefoot."