Blitz on illegal cockling activities

Cocklers at Lytham.
Cocklers at Lytham.
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COCKLERS making residents lives a misery are set to be hit by a raid designed to stamp out bad behaviour.

Fylde Council has revealed an enforcement raid will take place at the Seafield Road site, in Lytham, which is being used by hundreds of cocklers to access the beach.

The council confirmed it has received a steady stream of complaints from local residents since cockling began, with up to 200 cocklers a day heading down to the beach.

The raid, in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions, Lancashire Police, Customs and Excise and VOSA, will target public order and legal issues - tracking down those working illegally, without a licence, committing benefit fraud, using agricultural red diesel and creating a nuisance on the beach.

A council spokesman said: “We can’t stop the cockling but we can make sure the people on the beach do have the licences, are bona fide and are operating correctly and legally.

“We want to manage the process which is all we can do. It will be a surprise raid and obviously we want to do it when there are plenty of cocklers on the beach.”