Bournemouth beach campers face being woken up and fined £1,000 as council engages patrol

Campers on Bournemouth beach could be woken up and fined £1,000 as the council hires a night patrol to monitor the 15-mile stretch of sand.

Council staff patrol Bournemouth beach around the clock to ensure any sun worshipers who break an overnight camping ban face an ‘uncomfortable night’s sleep’.

Partygoers are warned they could face prosecution and a £1,000 fine if they choose to camp on the popular Dorset beach.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council have employed a further 75 people to help run the 15-mile stretch of beach, which packed up last summer and led to congested roads and irresponsible parking.

Council staff (pictured) patrol Bournemouth beach around the clock to ensure any sun worshipers who break an overnight camping ban face an ‘uncomfortable night’s sleep’

Councilor May Haines said hourly wake-up calls had already been made this weekend to “12 groups of campers” in nearby Southbourne, who “left because of this”, the BBC reported.

The huge fines and strict patrols are part of a summer preparedness plan, in place from March 29 to September, to help keep the beaches ‘safe’ as they prepare for a surge in visitors this year, according to the council’s website.

There will also be additional security patrols and Covid-19 marshals in place in ‘sensitive areas’ to ‘address anti-social behavior and COVID-19 regulations’, while additional police services have also been set up for ‘busy key dates’.

However, a Bournemouth City Council spokesperson told MailOnline that they have still banned camping.

The lockdown and social distancing measures were feared to crumble last summer as thousands of sun-worshippers ignored strict Covid rules and crowded Bournemouth beach.

Bournemouth beach became a sea of ​​colorful umbrellas during the scorching hot weather last summer as people settled in for long days in the balmy heat, pictures showed.

The seaside destination, along with other beaches including Brighton and Cornwall, has become a popular holiday spot for Britons amid Covid restrictions on overseas travel.

And Bournemouth is again expecting high visitor numbers as more than 400,000 visitors flocked to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole over the hottest weekend so far of 2021, according to the council.

Partygoers are warned they could face prosecution and a £1,000 fine if they choose to camp on the popular Dorset beach.  Pictured: Lifeguard on Bournemouth beach

Partygoers are warned they could face prosecution and a £1,000 fine if they choose to camp on the popular Dorset beach. Pictured: Lifeguard on Bournemouth beach

The rules are part of a summer preparedness plan, in place from March 29 to September, to guard Bournemouth beach (pictured June 20)

The rules are part of a summer preparedness plan, in place from March 29 to September, to keep Bournemouth beach (pictured June 20) ‘safe’ as it prepares for a surge in visitors this year .

Speaking of the camping ban, a council spokesperson said: ‘As part of our seasonal response plan, we are running a 24-hour beach patrol to deal with those camping on the beach.

“Our beaches are no place to camp overnight and people who choose to camp on them will face prosecution and a £1,000 fine.

‘Anyone planning to camp on the beach can expect an uncomfortable night’s sleep as our beach patrol team will visit them on several occasions to collect evidence before taking legal action.’

He added: ‘Additional security patrols, Covid-19 marshals and additional CSAS officers will be deployed on the ground in sensitive areas to ensure a uniformed presence and deal with anti-social behavior and Covid-19 regulations.

“Additional police services have also been recruited for busy key dates.

There were Covid-19 fears last summer after massive crowds hit Bournemouth beach (pictured August 8) last summer as it became a popular holiday spot

There were Covid-19 fears last summer after massive crowds hit Bournemouth beach (pictured August 8) last summer as it became a popular holiday spot

Concerns grew over the collapse of lockdown measures as thousands of sun-worshippers ignored strict Covid-19 rules to head to beaches.  Pictured: Bournemouth beach on August 8

Concerns grew over the collapse of lockdown measures as thousands of sun-worshippers ignored strict Covid-19 rules to head to beaches. Pictured: Bournemouth beach on August 8

Bournemouth beach (pictured August 10) became a sea of ​​colorful umbrellas during the scorching hot weather last summer as people settled in for long days in the balmy heat

Bournemouth beach (pictured August 10) became a sea of ​​colorful umbrellas during the scorching hot weather last summer as people settled in for long days in the balmy heat

“Public toilets will remain open with extended evening opening hours at key sites, and additional cleaning operations will be put in place.

“We will be clear if we welcome responsible visitors to our resort. People who will handle things with care, behave reasonably, and pick up on themselves.

Beach guidelines on the council’s website instead urged visitors to stay overnight at one of the nearby campsites in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole to avoid a fine.

Wild camping, which involves pitching a tent and sleeping overnight not in a campsite or caravan park, is generally illegal in England and Wales, but may be allowed with permission from the landowner, according to Intrusion.

Campers are allowed to sleep overnight in some places, such as the Lake District and some areas of Dartmoor, but restrictions remain in place in many other areas.

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