The beaches around Whitby are among the most littered in the North East, according to the Marine Conservation Society.
During four days in September nearly four thousand pieces of litter were picked up from Sandsend Beach, just north of the town.
The widow of a man killed when an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris crashed into the sea said her family are still fighting for an apology from the airline.
Arthur Coakley was one of hundreds killed that night. His widow, Patricia, said everyone still grieving from the crash deserves to hear the company say sorry. An inquest heard that technological and pilot errors were to blame for the accident.
Gregg Easteal reports.
An airline has responded the widow of one of its passengers, who was killed when a plane came down over the Atlantic Ocean. Patricia Coakley said she had never had an apology from Air France after her husband, Arthur, died in the crash in 2009.
The airline expressed its "sadness and sympathy".
A coroner has warned pilots may be overly reliant on technology, after a man died in a plane crash over the Atlantic Ocean.
Arthur Coakley, from North Yorkshire, was on an Air France flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris, when it came down in 2009.
At an inquest into his death, at Northallerton County Hall, coroner Michael Oakley delivered a narrative verdict. He said the pilots involved were not adequately trained to handle the plane safely in the circumstances which had arisen.
He warned that the disaster highlighted a serious public concern, that pilots may not be retaining the skills required to fly commercial aircraft.
He also said there had been systematic failures and a blockage of the aircraft's pitot tubes, which measure fluid pressures.
He concluded his verdict by saying a number of factors compromised the flying ability of the pilots that day.
The widow of a man who died in a place crash in 2009 has asked the airline for an apology. Arthur Coakley, from Sandsend near Whitby, was on a flight between Rio de Janeiro and Paris when the aircraft came down into the Atlantic Ocean. This morning an inquest recorded a narrative verdict.
The inquest into the death of a man from North Yorkshire is set to take place today, October 1.
Arthur Coakley from Sandsend near Whitby was on an Air France flight from Rio to Paris, when it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean four years ago.
A 71-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped in a car, which collided with a van at Sandsend.
The man was a passenger in a black Suzuki Alto, travelling down the bank on the way to Sandsend when it clipped a van before losing control and coming to rest on its roof.
The man from the Whitby area became trapped and was rescued from the vehicle before being airlifted to James Cook Hospital with serious head injuries, where he currently remains.
The driver of the car, a woman in her forties, also from the Whitby area was not injured.
Lythe Bank at Sandsend where the accident happened just after 9am today, November 7, was closed but has now reopened.
North Yorkshire Police are asking anyone who saw the black Suzuki prior to the crash or saw the collision to call 101, select option two and ask for Traffic Sergeant Neil Campbell.
The A174 Lythe Bank is closed in both directions - slow traffic due to serious accident between Sandsend Road / Dunsley Lane and Lodge Road (Lythe Bank).