POLICE have warned the public they face a fine of £1,000 if they start an open fire on the beach.

Poole neighbourhood officers spoke to four separate groups of people during patrols in the Sandbanks area last night.

A spokesman for the Poole Neighbourhood Policing Team said: "You cannot have open fires anywhere along Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole beaches.

"There are many reasons for this, the main one being safety. Please don't do it. The fine is £1,000."

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Officers were patrolling as part of Operation Sandman, set up in response to anti-social behaviour and large gatherings of youths in the area.

One man was seriously hurt and two officers were injured in a large fight in the Tesco Express car park in Shore Road earlier this month.

Police said most people were enjoying the beach responsibly last night and the operation was stood down early due to "the high levels of responsibility shown by the public using this location."