A total alcohol ban on North Tyneside's beaches wouldn't be possible under the law, a leading councillor says.

This comes as more than 5,000 residents have signed a petition calling for alcohol to be prohibited on the borough's beaches.

Thousands of people flocked to the coast as the North East basked in temperatures of 24C last week.

But some revellers failed to clean up, leaving litter scenes on the borough's beaches.


Watch Amy Lea's report on the rubbish left at beaches in North Tyneside last week:


Footage of people fighting at King Edward's Bay also circulated on social media.

But at Monday's cabinet meeting Battle Hill Councillor Carl Johnson, who is responsible for environment and transport, said it is not that simple:

Some people asked me why the council doesn't ban alcohol on the beach. While that sounds attractive the law does not allow us to impose such a measure. The current public spaces protection order is the limit of what we can do.

Cllr Carl Johnson, North Tyneside Council

The existing orders give council workers the power to confiscate alcohol, and, those that don't comply can be fined up to £100.

But these powers are only in place if the drinker is deemed to be using alcohol irresponsibly.

And while the authority has the power to ban dogs from beaches, and does during the summer months, it is unable to impose similar blanket bans on alcohol.

Another order gives the council the power to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 to those that do not clear up after their dogs.

The existing orders were put in place three years ago, however Government under Government rules they will expire in October.

The cabinet voted in favour of launching a six-week consultation exercise on extending the existing orders, if the outcome of this gives the council the go-ahead the orders can be extended until 2023.