ENFORCEMENT action against beach campers is heating up along BCP’s coast with 70 legal notices issued since June.

In anticipation of a busy weekend, BCP Council has reminded beachgoers that overnight camping on beaches will not be tolerated and could lead to prosecution.

An “early wakeup call” could be given to anyone sleeping along the beaches of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, with byelaw signage having also been posted in key locations.

A BCP Council spokesperson told the Echo: “As part of our enhanced summer response plan we’ve been working hard to address overnight camping on our beaches and make sure everyone understands the rules that are in place.

“We have stepped up our messaging with bye law signage now posted in key locations along the seafront to remind visitors that overnight beach camping is not allowed.

“Between June 7 and August 5, we issued 70 legal notices and if those who are handed legal notices fail to give their details, the police will take action. We have a team on hand to disrupt anyone camping overnight, who risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.

“We will continue to work alongside our partners this weekend in the hot weather and during the to keep our seafront a safe, welcoming and clean place to visit.”

Councillor Beverley Dunlop, member for tourism, culture and vibrant places, added: “We ask people to be respectful, overnight camping is not allowed on our beaches, and we have a team that will disrupt campers who risk an early wakeup call and a £1000 fine.”