Campers on Bournemouth beach face £1000 fines

Bournemouth beach is being patrolled 24 hours a day by the local council.

Campers on Bournemouth beach face £1000 fines. The idea is to stop people sleeping on the beach. Those that do face being woken up with a £1000 fine. An additional 75 council staff have been employed by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council to patrol the 15 mile stretch of Dorset beach and manage the huge demand from tourists flocking there.

A spokesman for the council said “As part of our seasonal response plan, we’re putting in place a 24-hour beach patrol to deal with those camping on the beach. Our beaches are not a place for overnight camping and people who choose to camp on them will risk prosecution and a £1,000 fine.

Anyone thinking of camping on the beach can expect an uncomfortable night’s sleep as our beach patrol team will repeatedly visit them to gather evidence before taking prosecution action.”

He went on to say “Extra security patrols, Covid-19 marshals and additional CSAS officers will be deployed on the ground in hot spot areas to provide a uniformed presence and deal with anti-social behaviour and Covid-19 regulations.

Public toilets will remain open with extended opening times into the evenings at key sites, and additional cleansing operations will be in place. We will be clear though we welcome responsible visitors to our resort. People who will treat things with care, behave reasonably and pick up after themselves.”

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