New signs are to go up welcoming visitors to thriller writer Agatha Christie’s favourite beach which has been hit by anti-social behaviour.

Beacon Cove near the closed Living Coasts attraction on Torquay harbour is reached by a winding footpath.

Neighbours have raised concerns in recent years about anti-social behaviour, and groups of people partying and graffiti being sprayed were reported during the coronavirus lockdown.

Torbay Council’s planning committee has approved a series of new information signs to improve the path to the beach. A double-sided 3m-high aluminium sign directing people to the beach will go on a grass verge at the roadside next to the car park, replacing the current signage. Others panels containing information and history will be attached to the fences alongside the path.

The small sheltered beach used to be known as Ladies’ Bathing Cove during the Victorian era.