DOG owners are being told to keep their dogs off three beaches as a seasonal ban comes into force.
Hartlepool Borough Council has three stretches of coastline where pet pooches are not allowed to be walked from May 1 to September 30.
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.
The council say the measure is part of efforts to keep the town’s most popular beaches clean and tidy during the main holiday season.
Dog owners caught flouting the ban will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) fine of £80.
However, council officials are keen to stress that there are still areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.
Craig Thelwell, waste and environmental services manager, said: “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.”