Britons warned over ‘innocent pastime’ that could lead to ‘hefty fine’

As the weather finally starts to clear up, many British tourists will be heading to the coast for a staycation.

But an expert from the University of Law has warned Britons they’ll need to beware of some unusual laws.

Aruna Verma, expert at the University of Law, said: “When the sun does make an appearance in the UK it can be all too easy to get carried away and forget there can be consequences.

“Of course, there are obvious repercussions for more serious crimes, however there are many lesser-known offences which could easily catch people out on their trip to the seaside.”

Whether it’s pinching a seashell or having a BBQ in a banned area, British tourists will need to take care. 

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Don’t steal seashells

Aruna said: “It’s a seemingly innocent pastime, however taking home seashells or pebbles from the beach could see you landed with a hefty fine if you’re caught.

“This is laid out in the Coast Protection Act 1949, which says it’s against the law to remove any natural materials from UK beaches.

“Although it may seem perfectly okay, and will most likely go unnoticed, if you are caught committing this offence you could be fined up to £1,000.”

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British tourists will also need to be careful abroad as it’s forbidden to remove sand from the beach in Italy.

Tourists could be stopped at the airport and receive a heavy fine if they’re caught taking sand with them.

It’s banned in many countries around the world and one popular spot, Fuerteventura’s Popcorn Beach in Spain, has struggled to cope with the thefts.

Barbecuing at the beach

Aruna warned: “If you’re planning to cook up a storm and have a tipple at the beach, it’s always best to do your research first.

“Although neither of these things are outright against the law, it depends on your local authority.

“Some authorities have set out very specific rules around when and where you may use a barbecue at the beach.”

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