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Tourists who ‘stole’ pebbles from Cornwall beach forced to bring back or to pay a fee of $1300

A man is convicted for driving hundreds of miles back to Crackington Haven, Cornwall, and the return of the rocks that he had stolen from the beach.

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A tourist who is “stolen” pebbles from the beach in Cornwall is being forced to return or they will be prosecuted.

The unknown man is sentenced for driving hundreds of miles back to Crackington Haven, Cornwall, and the return of the rocks that he had stolen from the beach, has several signs warning the public that stealing stones is illegal, the Telegraph reports.

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The Coastal Protection Act 1949 outlaws the taking of the stone of Britain’s public beaches for fear of the environmental effects of leaving the area exposed to erosion. Representative, Barry Jordan for St. Gennys parish council has warned visitors to the beach that those caught stealing pebbles could face a fine of up to € 1,290 (£1,000).

A man drove more than 200 miles to return stones on the beach here at Crackington Haven after being threatened with £ 1000 fine. But these are signs to warn the visitors to be “aggressive”? We are live on @BBCSpotlight 1830 tonight. pic.twitter.com/E29Rn89z43

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A spokesman told the Telegraph, “It may seem harmless, but considering the many thousands of visitors to the beaches of Cornwall, each year, each stone removed may have an impact on coastal erosion, natural flood defence, and the nature.”

Jordan explained the reason behind the heavy fines.

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“Who saw the damage from the floods of a few years ago, know what water can do, to take away the tiles and the port would be damaged during a storm,” Jordan told the Telegraph.

The council has also started the installation of the signs around the beach, warning people about the punishment for stealing the stones. However, the critics have claimed that they spoil the view.

“We have such a problem with stones theft that the beach is now dotted with large red and yellow signs threatening prosecution,” artist Jen Dixon told the Telegraph.

“They are so darn ugly on our beautiful beach. It seems to me very heavy on the hand to have so many signs,” she added.

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The local council reportedly removed two of the four signs after the receipt of opposition.

The Telegraph reported that the move came three years after the local council was forced to microchip flowers and shrubs, as people kept stealing them from the public parks.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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