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Dogs to be banned from beaches in St Ives

A Cornish seaside town could bring in a a complete ban on dogs on the beach during the summer months.

At the moment dogs are only allowed on beaches in St Ives between 7pm and 8am from Easter to October.

The Town Council is considering extending that to a 24 hour ban on four beaches, and a year round ban at the town's Harbour beach.

Dogs are currently allowed on the beach from 7pm to 8am Credit: ITV Westcountry

It follows concerns over dog mess and animals running up to small children.

But dog walkers have told The West Country Tonight that a ban would put them off holidaying in the resort, and would have knock on effects for tourism.

A public meeting is being held at 6pm tonight, followed by a Town Council meeting where councillors will discuss plans for a consultation on the issue.

The ban will run from may to september 24 hours a day Credit: ITV Westcountry