Int'l - Tourists fined £2,580 for stealing sand and shells from Sardinia beach

Tourists have been fined €3,000 euros (£2,580) for taking sand and shells from Sardinian beaches.

Tourists have been fined €3,000 euros (£2,580) for taking sand and shells from Sardinian beaches.

Customs police on the Italian holiday island have issued fines to 41 people who tried to leave with 100kg of sand, seashells and beach rocks, according to local media.

In some cases, it’s understood tourists put the beach goods for sale online, which is illegal and has been punishable by fines of up to €3,000 since 2017.

Sardinia is gradually reopening to tourism following Covid travel restrictions.

The island, part of Italy, sits on the UK’s “amber” list and any returning visitors will be required to self-isolate for 10 days.

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