PATROLS are being stepped up at Silver Sands to combat issues with illegal camping and littering.

Fife Council's safer communities team is increasing patrols at the Aberdour beach in response to irresponsible behaviour shown by the public after last week's good weather.

Images shared by the Fife Coast and Countryside Trust on Facebook showed massive amounts of waste left behind after last week saw increased footfall and camping at the Aberdour beach.

They wrote: "A big thank you to our maintenance team who have had to deal with record levels of waste management at many coastal locations throughout Fife.

"This week, Aberdour Silver Sands and Burntisland Beach have experienced significant footfall and inappropriate camping which creates huge challenges for our teams on the ground.

"When visiting the coast, please consider the most appropriate place to pitch your tent and if the bins are full, look for an alternative bin or even consider taking your waste home."

Overflowing bins, pitched tents and mountains of black bags were pictured in the post.

Safer communities team manager Tricia Spacey confirmed the team was aware of issues with illegal camping, overnight campervan parking and littering at Silver Sands.

She added: "We are stepping up our patrols in the area, working with local police colleagues to promote more responsible behaviour and environmental awareness.

"We'll be discussing a longer-term strategy with the community and colleagues over the coming weeks."