Beach ban coming into force

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DOG owners have been reminded that a seasonal ban preventing them from walking their pets on beaches will soon come into force.

The ban covers a stretch of Seaton Carew beach between the Norton Hotel and the coach park, and the Fish Sands and the Block Sands on the Headland, including the lower promenade and the paddling pool.

It will run from May 1 until September 30.

The measure aims to ensure that the town’s most popular beaches remain clean and tidy during the main holiday season.

Dog owners caught flouting the ban will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £80.

Despite the ban, there are still areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.

Craig Thelwell, the council’s waste and environmental services manager, said: “We want people to be able to enjoy the town’s many beaches – and that includes dog owners.

“We try to cater for the needs of everyone.

“Although we have some stretches of beach from which dogs are banned between May and September, we will still have plenty of areas where they are allowed.”