Dog walkers face fine if caught on beaches

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DOG walkers are being told to keep off parts of two beaches.

Gosport council is warning owners of the dog-free zones.

The first is between Pirates Cove and the Beach Road car park in Lee-on-the-Solent.

And dogs are also banned between Pebble Beach Café and the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service headquarters, at Stokes Bay, in Gosport.

It comes after a hapless owner was given a £75 fixed penalty notice for flouting the rules on Sunday in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Each summer the exclusion zones starts from May 1 and ends on September 30.

Cllr Graham Burgess is the chairman of the community board at the council.

He said: ‘Dogs may be walked on a lead on the promenade but not on the actual beach itself.

‘There are areas further along, on both of these stretches of beach, where the public can walk their dogs without fear of fine.

‘We have lots of families and visitors using the beach at this time of year, many whom have young children and some them are frightened of dogs.’

The council is also reminding people to make sure their pets have enough water and are not left in cars.