VISITORS to the Northumberland coastline are being asked to play their part in looking after the county's beaches ahead of the Bank Holiday.

Northumberland boasts more than 30 miles of beaches, with everything from castle-side coastline to sea-view pubs, and attracting everyone from dog walkers and surfers to dolphin spotters and sandcastle builders.

Throughout the months ahead, Northumbria Police will be working with a range of partners as part of a targeted initiative to help ensure people can enjoy the area safely while encouraging all to act responsibly.

They will be building on this activity over the weekend, as the border county is expected to see an influx of visitors, with people once again allowed to travel between Scotland and England combined with the fact it is also a Bank Holiday.

Rural inspector John Swan said: “While some April showers are forecast, we’re prepared for this to be a busy Bank Holiday weekend along the coast, and we want everyone to be able to have a safe and enjoyable visit.

“We will have increased patrols along the coastline and will be working closely with our colleagues at Northumberland County Council and their wardens.”

He added: “Northumberland is always a popular destination for tourists and with staycations increasing, we are anticipating even more people will be travelling to enjoy what this amazing area has to offer.

“We are also very mindful, that there are those lucky enough to call the coast their home and so we will be working with the local community to continue to respond to concerns they may have.

“Going forward, every week our activity will be tailored, factoring in weather, Bank Holidays and summer trends.”

Meanwhile, Northumbria Police is also backing the county council’s #UnspoiltNorthumberland campaign which encourages everyone to #RespectProtectEnjoy Northumberland.

The campaign urges everyone to remember simple things like picking up litter, bagging and binning dog waste and not lighting fires on the coast.