DOG walkers have been pictured by the Mail walking their pets on a restricted stretch of beach just days after a new ban was imposed.
Hartlepool Borough Council has launched bans on dogs being taken onto three stretches of town beaches that will run throughout the summer.
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 came into force on Sunday and runs until September 30. But it has already been breached and the Mail pictured these two walkers with their dogs inside the restricted area in Seaton Carew.
These two dog walkers, whose faces we have chosen to blur out, were spotted walking within the banned area on Tuesday, just 48 hours after the council launched the restriction.
They were seen walking to and from areas that are not restricted, possibly not knowing that the ban is in place, despite the publicity beforehand.
Council chiefs have now re-issued their plea for dog walkers to keep to the new ban as anyone caught taking pet on the beaches can be fined.
Local authority chiefs say the ban aims to ensure that the town’s most popular beaches remain clean and tidy during the main holiday season so that everyone can enjoy them.
Dog owners caught flouting the ban by the council’s environmental officers will receive a fixed penalty notice fine of £80.
But, council officials are also keen to stress that there are still plenty of areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.
A council spokesman said: “We would urge dog owners to respect the beach bans which are in force and run until September 30.
“The measures aim to ensure that our most popular beaches are kept clean and tidy during the holiday season.
“We want all people to enjoy our beaches and that includes dog walkers.”