Published: 12:49 August 24, 2018 | UPDATE: 12:49 August 24, 2018
Archant Norfolk 2018
Beachgoers in our region are reminded that it is illegal to take away pebbles after a man was threatened with legal action to take a couple.
The advice came from North Norfolk District Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council after a vacationer picked up some stones from a beach in Cornwall, which led to the threat of legal action.
Councils are worried about the issue as rocks and pebbles act as a natural defense of the sea, reducing the rate of coastal erosion.
The removal of stones from beaches is illegal under the Coast Protection Act 1949.
North Norfolk District Council says it has received reports from people who have removed beach material in the past.
A spokesman said: "The beaches are our primary and natural sea defenses." Monitoring in North Norfolk shows that there is less sand and material on the beach, so removing significant amounts of beach material is not desirable. "
The destructive nature of coastal erosion has already affected the area with houses that were lost at Hemsby earlier this year as a striking example.
In July, a map revealed that hundreds of people in Norfolk could find their homes in the same precarious positions in the following decades as a result of erosion.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council says it is unaware of any problems with stealing pebbles, but a license is required to remove material from the public beaches that they maintain.
A statement from the authority said: "The beaches of Great Yarmouth are stable, and other areas along the coast are subject to change that the council is monitoring as part of our long-term coastal management."
Norfolk Rocks is a project that was set up last year and encourages members to buy and organize pebbles before they are hidden from other people.
A member of the group, known only as Toni & # 39; BT & # 39 ;, says that the group makes it clear that they "do not advertise taking stones from the beach".
He said: "We have posted a very obvious message to the top of our facebook group about this, there are lots of do-it-yourself and garden centers that they sell for landscape and crafting."
Pebble theft has become so common in Cornwall that the city council had to draw up several signs to warn that it is illegal.