More people were spotted camping out on the sand along the Bournemouth and Poole coastline this weekend.

The warm weather has brought thousands to the beach, with the promise of guaranteed sunshine over the weekend.

And some people came equipped with tents and camping gear, determined to make it a weekend – despite the strict rules in place.

The BCP council said sleeping at night or camping on the beach, seafront, cliffs or car parks was prohibited.

Campers at Sandbanks Beach

The authority previously warned that people should be prepared, saying a 24-hour beach patrol would repeatedly visit to collect evidence for prosecution and those who flout the rules could face a fine. £1,000 fine.

Tents were spotted at Sandbanks, Hengistbury Head and Poole Harbor beach over the weekend.

A resident said he also spotted four tents on the Mudeford sandbar on Sunday morning.

Last year, we reported that nine people faced prosecution for camping overnight on beaches.

What is the context?

In the summer of 2020 – a ‘major incident’ summer – thousands flocked to the beaches of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch for a break – as holidays abroad were nearly impossible.

One man said he was “verbally abused” by overnight visitors and others expressed anger and disgust at the litter left by campers.

Another resident, speaking after a particularly hot weekend in August 2020, said it was ‘zero value tourism’ with another calling the behavior ‘an absolute disgrace’.