Security guards have been deployed to patrol Bournemouth beaches at night to ensure campers attempting to sleep face ‘hourly wake-ups’.
The local council is committed to ensuring that “anyone considering camping on the beach can expect an uncomfortable night’s sleep,” the BBC reports.
Tory councilor May Haines said at a Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council review meeting that security teams have been asked to repeatedly wake people sleeping on the beach under council regulations.
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She said, “What we do is we have night security that goes and gives wake-up calls every hour to those who stay there overnight.
“Last week we did this to at least 12 groups of campers in the Southbourne area, and they left because they didn’t want to be woken up anymore. The weekend just went by, we had nine that we were dealing with, and they packed their bags and left.
“We have a plan, and the plan in general works, although we can’t be everywhere at the same time, because we have 15 miles of beaches.”
She added that the council was recruiting additional security “to deal with things like overnight camping.”
Those who flout local regulations on the issue can face a fine of £ 1,000 if they refuse to move on.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was imposed in the city last summer, as coronavirus restrictions on international travel led to an unprecedented wave of holidaymakers crowding UK tourism hotspots.
More than 400,000 people visited the area on Saturday and Sunday as temperatures soared, according to the council, the city’s parking lots filling up quickly as sun worshipers flooded the waterfront.
The influx of visitors led the council to declare a “major incident”, straining services amid reports of an increase in anti-social behavior.