HUGE swathes of litter were removed from Southend's beaches this morning after daytrippers left the bins piled high.

Pictures have revealed the beach bins full to the brim and overflowing in some cases.

Some bins were reportedly on fire yesterday afternoon.

Southend Council and waste firm Veolia launched a huge clean up operation to deal with the litter.

Echo: The seafrontThe seafront


Seafront trader Paul Thompson, who owns the Pebbles One cafe, posted on social media, thanking the council and Veolia for the clean up operation.

Southend Council was contacted for comment.