We will not tolerate littering and anti-social behaviour on our beaches

beach enforcement

Sunderland City Council has joined forces with Northumbria Police to carry out regular patrols along Seaburn and Roker beaches to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The council will also be clamping down on littering and dog control issues. From tomorrow, following the decision to reintroduce enforcement measures on city beaches, anyone caught dropping litter will also face fines of £150, rising to £2,500 if the fixed penalty notice is not paid and the case ends up with conviction in the Magistrates Court.

People allowing their dogs to foul the beaches, or go onto parts of the beaches where dogs aren't allowed over the summer months, will also face fines of up to £75, with a maximum fine of £1,000 if this is not paid and ends up with a conviction in the Magistrates Court.

The council will also be handing out fines to anyone caught drinking alcohol on the beaches or at the seafront, who is in breach of its public spaces protection order.

Councillor Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: "While we want everyone to enjoy our fantastic seafront, we are not prepared to tolerate people treating our beautiful beaches as rubbish bins or letting their dogs foul them or go onto parts of the beach where they aren't supposed to be.

"We've seen some horrendous pictures of litter strewn across our beaches during the recent hot weather. We can and will fine anyone who we catch dropping litter. Nor are we prepared to see people acting in an anti social way. This is not only illegal but it's also spoiling the beaches for everyone else which is why we are working closely with Northumbria Police to tackle this.

"It's also really important that people remember the guidance around social distancing. While the lockdown restrictions have been eased, the advice is still that everyone should stay at home as much as possible to help control the virus and saves lives. This means limiting contact with other people and keeping your distance from anyone outside your household if you do go out."

"Anyone heading to the seafront should also be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty on our beaches until 4 July. So we'd ask everyone visiting the beach to think about their safety in and out of the water, not to use inflatables, to keep an eye on their children at all times and to generally stay safe."

The City Council is also continuing to monitor licenced premises and urge them to take a responsible approach. Licences may be reviewed if premises are found to be operating in breach of the law against advice.

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