We love our seaside town – but there's a massive catch in the summer | The Sun

SEAFRONT residents in one of the UK's best coastal towns say life is a beach – but there's a big catch in the summer.

Fraisthorpe Beach stretches for miles along East Yorkshire's coastline.

The vast sandy expanse forms part of Bridlington Bay and runs down to the Humber Estuary.

The beach's flat lay of the land makes Fraisthorpe popular with walkers, kite surfers and horse riders alike.

While on nicer days, brave beachgoers take to the water to frolic in the North Sea waves.

But while much of the county – and country – bans dogs on beaches from May 1 up to September 30, Fraisthorpe does not.

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It means the hundreds of canine lovers who usually descend on beaches in Bridlington, Scarborough and Whitby head to Fraisthorpe, YorkshireLive reported.

But can pose a problem for locals who experience the vast influx of visitors for the five-month period first hand.

They complain of out of control mutts and dog poo covering the luscious yellow sands of their prized shoreline.

One livid reviewer fumed on TripAdvisor: "My husband had to clear away three piles of dogs poo so we had a clean area to sit in.

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"I appreciate that dogs are allowed on the beach but why can't people clean up after them.

"We won't be going back. And that says a lot as we only live 8 mile away."

Another blasted: "Avoid if you're not a dog lover."

But other visitors couldn't be happier with the beach's open dog policy.

Dusty M said: "Nice sands excellent for dog walk at low tide, plenty of room on a clear crisp February morning. The dog loved it."

Meanwhile Rebecca K added: "Beautiful beach with convenient parking. Great for dog walking."

Walking your dog on a beach which has banned them can land you with fines of up to £100.

These come in the form of a public space protection order which started on May 1 and lasts until September 30.

The protection orders can cover the entire beach or just certain sections and people are advised to check where exactly they can and can’t take their four-legged friends.

Certain beaches include an outright ban, some will only let pooches visit at certain times of the day and others will require dogs to be kept on leads.

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As in past years, the ban has been introduced to keep kids safe and beaches clean from any dog mess.

The instant fines are £100 but if they are contested and it goes to court, this could soar to £1,000.

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