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Dog owners fined for walking dogs on Cleethorpes beach

9:20 am, Wednesday, 7th April 2021 - 2 weeks ago

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People are being reminded that they now cannot walk their dogs along the central beach until 30 September.

It comes as 67 fines were issued over the Easter bank holiday weekend in Cleethorpes to people for walking their dogs on the beach between Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and Wonderland Groyne.

A breakdown of the fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to dog owners:

Friday – 12

Saturday – 9

Sunday – 26

Monday – 20

Dog walkers will be fined £100 if they take their dogs on the restricted section of beach between Good Friday and 30 September.

Information about the restrictions can be found at the main entrances to the beach. 

Cleethorpes Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is home to a number of rare habitats and bird species.

Wildlife along the stretch of coast can be disturbed by dogs, which can cause distress to and damage the health of the birds living on the beach.

Migratory birds, such as curlews, need to conserve energy and build up their strength in preparation for long journeys.

Eleven fines were also issued to people littering over the four-day bank holiday weekend.

Prior to the Easter weekend, 35 litter fines had already been issued to people in the resort for the week commencing 29 March, when lockdown restrictions further eased.

Members of the enforcement team also spoke to more than 200 dog owners prior to the dog ban coming into place from Good Friday to remind them about picking up dog mess and keeping dogs off the main beach.

Enforcement officers will continue to patrol the resort and issue FPNs for littering, dog fouling and dogs on the main beach.

A fixed penalty notice can (FPN) be issued to any person who breaches a PSPO, giving them an opportunity to avoid prosecution by paying a fixed penalty of up to £100.

FPNs are issued as part of North East Lincolnshire Council’s contract with Doncaster Council.

Anyone found guilty of an offence in the Magistrates’ Court is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level three on the court’s standard scale of fines (currently £1,000).

Assault on an officer

One of our environment enforcement officers was assaulted on Cleethorpes beach on Easter Sunday while issuing a fine to a dog walker.

This is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate violence, physical aggression or verbal abuse of officers working on our behalf.

Humberside Police are investigating the incident under case number 16/37397/21.

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