Kent Police has led a multi-agency operation to protect seals and other wildlife from being disturbed in Pegwell Bay.
On Sunday 6th August, officers from the Rural Task Force were monitoring in the area, following reports that vessels and jetskis had disrupted the marine animals who inhabit the location by the mouth of the River Stour.
Using their drone to monitor from above, the officers worked together with Thanet District Council enforcement officers, Kent Wildlife Trust and the Harbour Master for Sandwich to ensure the animals’ habitats were left free from harm.
PCSOs from the Rural Task Force Team have been visiting sites in Sandwich and in Thanet to try and educate users of jetskis about the importance of responsible use.
As the area falls under a Public Space Protection Order, anyone found riding them in a manner which poses a risk to wildlife can be liable to a fine.
People can also receive a Community Protection Warning, and if they continue to offend, can result in the person being arrested.