Group of yobs leave Goathland strewn with litter over bank holiday weekend

Thoughtless yobs left a Whitby beauty spot engulfed with litter including soiled nappies and discarded underwear.

By Sarah Fitton
Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 9:11 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th May 2020, 9:12 am

Villagers in Goathland have been rallying round to clear up after the louts who descended on Thomason Foss over the bank holiday weekend.

One resident said they have collected around 30 bags full of rubbish, including nappies, a thong and broken bottles.

There has also been damage to the lock on the village’s public disabled toilet, which had been shut.

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One woman who lives in the area said: “Goathland is a tourist village and we welcome visitors, of course we do, but it’s not fair that this is how the village has been treated.

“The majority of visitors are wonderful , it’s just a few that have spoilt it.”

North York Moors National Park Authority has urged people not to visit Goathland and nearby Beck Hole.

A spokesman said: “Following ranger patrols we were extremely disappointed to find large amounts of rubbish at Thomason Foss near Goathland over the bank holiday weekend, as well as damage to the lock of one of our toilets.

“The local community has shown tremendous spirit and has since rallied together to help clean this up, as well as other rubbish found in the village.

“Our rangers were also out speaking to residents, engaging with visitors and trying to encourage responsible behaviour. They will continue to monitor the area for damage and to pick litter.

“Since restrictions on travel have been eased, we have been very clear that people should either avoid busy hotspots or continue to exercise close to their own homes.

“Goathland and Beck Hole have proved very popular so we would urge people to go elsewhere.

“We have issued a whole range of guidance to support this via our website and have listed alternative/quieter car parks people can use.“If you have to travel to the North York Moors you must respect local communities and remember that the majority of facilities, including toilets, are currently closed.

“Many of our toilets, including at Goathland, will remain closed for a little while longer while we ensure appropriate safety procedures are in place before they reopen.

“We are planning to re-open more car parks and toilets over the coming weeks, subject to Government guidance and ensuring the safety of our staff.

“The Authority, like many local communities, is eager to welcome people back, but never is litter or damage to public property acceptable.

“Please act responsibly and show respect for our National Park which belongs to us all and the communities who live there.”

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