It can be said that police often clean up the streets by bringing offenders to justice, but later this month officers in Margate plan to take part in a different kind of clean-up operation.

On Saturday 20 August 2022, Kent Police will be joining forces with volunteers from Rise Up, Clean Up as well as Thanet District Council and other partner agencies to take part in a community beach clean event on Margate Main Sands.

The event is the idea of PC Steve England from the Thanet Multi-Agency Task Force who, together with his colleagues, wanted to show that everyone can play a part in keeping the beaches in Thanet looking good.

PC England said: ‘Kent Police has been working hard this summer to keep our coastal towns safe and welcoming as residents and visitors choose to spend their holidays here.

‘By helping to keep the beaches free of litter, not only does it have a beneficial impact to coastal wildlife and the environment, but also it encourages others to take pride in their surroundings and in turn helps to deter crime and disorder.

‘Everyone, young and old, is welcome to come along and take part in our beach clean.

‘Together with partner agencies over the summer months, we’ve aimed to tackle any issues that may affect the wider public’s enjoyment of the area and during the beach clean, officers will also be on hand to speak to people about any concerns they want to raise or any ideas to keep Thanet safe.’

The beach clean will start from 7pm and anyone interested in getting involved should meet at the Lifeguard Station where bags and litter pickers will be available.

By Ed

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