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Dog walkers face 500 beach fines

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The restrictions come into force between 1 May and 30 September

Dog walkers on the Isle of Wight face fines of up to £500 if they are caught taking pets on to prohibited beaches.

Isle of Wight Council's new regulations will restrict dogs from a number of beaches between 1 May and 30 September.

The council's Dog Control Orders state that several beaches and areas of coastline will remain accessible to dog walkers during this period.

But anyone found flouting council regulations could be liable for fines ranging from £50-£500.

Other existing Dog Control Orders will remain in force throughout the year, including keeping dogs on leads on roads and pavements maintained by the council and cleaning up dog mess.

Dog walkers breaching these regulations will also be liable for fines.

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