Extra signs will be put up along some Dorset beaches in a bid to reduce the number of people camping on them overnight, a council has said.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council said about 100 groups had been “moved on” last weekend after pitching tents in the area, which has been very popular with visitors since lockdown measures were eased.
Authority leader Vikki Slade said the scale of the problem had “never been experienced before”.
The council has been criticised for its response to the issue with concerns raised about litter and the difficulty faced by beach cleaning teams maneuvering around them.
Early morning patrols have also been brought in by the council’s parking enforcement officers to clamp down on the number of people staying in car parks overnight without paying.
The new signs are due to be introduced from Monday.