Dozens fined £100 for ignoring dog bans at Cornwall’s beaches

Dozens of dog owners have been hit with £100 penalties for taking their dogs on Cornwall’s beaches while bans stood in place.

Dogs are not allowed on many of the county’s beaches throughout the summer months. The restrictions change from beach to beach but at many resorts, dogs can only go on the beach in the evenings and early in the morning between Easter and September 30. However, there are all-round bans at Carnsew Pool and at the Hayle Estuary.

The latest data published by Cornwall Council shows that 64 penalties were issued to people for taking dogs on beaches throughout the first and second quarter of the year 2019/2020. The beach where the highest number of fines were issued was St Ives. During the six months, a sum of 35 fixed penalty notices were given out. The data shows that 10 fines were issued to people who breached the ban at St Minver Highlands, a further 11 fines were issued for Hayle, seven for Gwinear Gwithian and two for Newquay. One person was fined at Ludgvan and another at Portreath.

The fixed penalty notices were all for £100. The data concludes that of those issued, 12 were dropped. In total, 45 people issued with the penalty notices during that time have paid the £100 charge. That indicates £4,500 has been paid to Cornwall Council over the six-month term. Some of the cases are ongoing.

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