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Campaign to clean-up our beaches

These volunteers are often out keeping Crooklets beach in Bude free of rubbish Credit: ITV News

A campaign has begun in the south west to try to keep beaches across the UK free of rubbish.

Beach goers are being urged to spend just two minutes picking up the debris that's washed ashore. It's estimated that 2,000 items of rubbish are found on every kilometre of beach in the country - most of it discarded plastic.

I hope this will make a significant difference. Obviously me going out on a beach today and spending two minutes isn't going to make a dent in the problem that is marine litter but with enough people doing it I think we can make a difference and I hope we start to change attitudes as well.

– Martin Dorey, Beach clean campaigner

Palm oil warning to dog walkers

A lump of palm oil on a West Country beach Credit: ITV News

Dog owners are being warned to avoid lumps of palm oil that are being washed up on beaches in East Devon.

The substance, which forms clumps like candle wax, can be fatal. It's previously washed up on beaches in Cornwall.

The local council is asking people to report any findings.

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Row over council's decision NOT to pay for Blue Flags

A row has broken out over Cornwall Council's decision not to pay for its beaches to receive Blue Flag status this year.

The council says it's difficult to justify in the current financial climate. It wants local companies to come forward instead to sponsor beaches.

It means that only one beach in Cornwall - the privately owned Carbis Bay at St Ives - has Blue Flag status - while nine beaches in Devon have the prestigious award.

Here's our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy.

No Blue Flags on Cornish beaches

Treyarvon Bay, Cornwall Credit: Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

A row has broken out over Cornwall Council's decision not to pay for its beaches to receive Blue Flag status this year.

The council say it is difficult to justify in the current financial climate, and want local companies to come forward to sponsor beaches instead.

It means that only one beach in Cornwall, the privately owned Carbis Bay at St Ives, has Blue Flag status, while nine beaches in Devon have the prestigious award.

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Paignton beach loses its Blue Flag

A blue flag will no longer be flown at Paignton. Credit: ITV News West Country

Paignton Beach in South Devon has lost its Blue Flag status after failing to meet the required standard of water quality.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has announced 14 South West beaches will be flying a flag this year - more than any other region in the country.

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