Northern Ireland

Clean-up of Northern Ireland beaches to begin

Portstewart Strand
Image caption Portstewart Strand will be one of the first beaches to be cleaned

Volunteers from across Northern Ireland will be taking part in a UK wide campaign this weekend to clean up beaches.

Organised by Surfers Against Sewage, six beaches in NI are among those being targeted.

The clean-up starts on Friday at Portstewart Strand and Magilligan Point in County Londonderry.

Organisers have said plastic items, including bags, are causing particular problems.

Over the weekend Benone Beach, East Strand, Portballintrae and Castlerock will get the cleaning treatment.

Those behind the clean-up said coastal communities have been badly affected and Northern Ireland's marine environment will suffer if something is not done to reduce litter.

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