Beach ban for dogs is back

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A REMINDER has been issued to dog owners that summer beach restrictions are now back in force.

Dogs are now banned from Whitley Bay’s south beach, Cullercoats Bay, King Edward’s Bay and the south end of Tynemouth Long Sands until Sunday, September 30.

Dog ban signs are on display at all locations affected.

Environmental protection officers at North Tyneside Council have been visiting beaches to remind dog walkers that the seasonal ban came into force on Tuesday.

Borough mayor Linda Arkley said: “Our beaches are one of North Tyneside’s biggest attractions.

“We have more awards for our beaches than any other area of the region, but to ensure we maintain their Blue Flag status, a dog ban needs to be in place during the summer.”

Dogs can be walked on the section of Whitley Bay beach north of Panama Gardens and at the northern end of Tynemouth Long Sands, towards Cullercoats.

Dog owners are also being reminded that they must clean up after their pets and they must be kept on leads in designated areas such as cemeteries and coastal promenades.

To report an environmental problem or for further information on the ban or other dog-related legislation, call 0345 200 0103.