DOG owners could face fines after a ban on people walking their pets on several Hartlepool beaches has been launched.
Hartlepool Borough Council has imposed the seasonal ban excluding dogs from beaches at Seaton Carew and on the Headland has been imposed.
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).
Council chiefs have warned that officers will be patrolling affected beaches to make sure that people are keeping to the ban, which was launched on May 1 and will run until September 30, and anyone caught flouting it could face £80 fines.
The Mail went to the beach in Seaton Carew to see if dog walkers are keeping to the ban and spotted walkers with a pet within the restricted area.
The ban aims to ensure that the town’s most popular beaches remain clean and tidy during the main holiday season.
But, council officials say there are still plenty of areas of beach within the borough where dogs can be exercised freely.
A spokesman for the council said: “It is important that people are aware that dogs are banned from certain areas of the beach between May and September.
“We want our beaches to be clean and safe for the many visitors we are expecting over the summer.
“We will have officers patrolling the beaches and anyone not observing the ban runs the risk of being fined £80. Although we have some stretches of beach from which dogs are banned, we still have plenty of areas where they are allowed.”