A story reaches us from yesterday’s Sunday Sun which reports that strangers are using sites near to some of the North East’s top tourist spots to go dogging.
According to the paper, advocates of dogging, which they refer to as a “kinky practice, which involves adventurous couples performing sex acts in cars or in secluded areas while others watch” have targeted popular locations like St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, and Beamish in County Durham.
Among the scores of dogging sites sites spread across the North uncovered by the paper they state that some are in remarkable places. That includes an area in High Spen, Gateshead, where couples should “walk the dog for a few minutes on a Sunday morning for some no strings attached action.” while on Teesside, they reckon the place to get kinky kicks is below the flight path of Durham Tees Valley Airport, and in particular the bottom of the west end of the runway.
They also identify Washington Wildfowl Park with nearby car parks described as “quiet areas where you don’t get disturbed” and on Tyneside several dogging sites are identified including under the Redheugh Bridge, North Shields Fish Quay and in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park and St Marys Lighthouse at Whitley Bay which was featured in the British film Dogging: A Love Story.
The paper got the local police’s view on matters, stating the following:- Though his force launched a crackdown against doggers in the picturesque village of Belsay, Northumberland, last November following complaints from residents about amorous behaviour, Northumbria Police superintendent Mick Paterson said officers were not aware that it was a particular issue across the county.