Dog walkers fined for breaching beach rules

Seventeen people have been fined for walking their dogs on stretches of beach where their pets are banned during the summer months, Sunderland City Council has warned.

The dog walkers were each fined £75 after being given fixed penalty notices for allowing their dogs to roam on stretches of beach at Seaburn and Roker covered by the City Council’s Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

The dog exclusion zones are normally in place from 1 May to 30 September but this year were brought in a month later to allow dog walkers more space to socially distance when the beaches were less busy.

Deputy Council Leader Michael Mordey said: “It’s all about keeping areas of our beaches dog free, clean and safe for children to use over the summer months. We’re lucky enough to have miles of award-winning beautiful beaches in Sunderland, so there really is space for everyone.

“All we’re asking is that people take notice of the signage and keep their dogs off certain limited stretches of beach over the summer months. But people also need to be aware that if they do breach the rules, we have the power to fine them and will do so.”

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