Published: June 14, 2010
Alcohol seized by Burnham police as officers swoop on beach party

Hundreds of pounds worth of alcohol was seized by Burnham-On-Sea police when officers swooped on a party on the town's beach at the weekend.

Following reports of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking, police found about 50 young people gathered together on Burnham Beach and in the dunes behind Pizey Avenue.

A large amount of alcohol was seized or tipped away and the group was dispersed by the team of officer on Friday night (June 11th).

Numerous cans, bottles and rubbish were removed by Sedgemoor District Council's staff and there was also evidence of fires having been lit.

Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police told "Burnham beach has been designated as an alcohol free zone and this gives police officers and PCSOs powers to seize alcohol and take names and addresses of people found drinking in possession of alcohol."

"One 21-year-old male refused to hand over his alcohol and give his name and address and was arrested. His alcohol was tipped away and, after giving his details, he was de-arrested and another person was given a formal direction to leave the beach under S 27 Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006."

"This act allows a police officer to direct a person to leave an area and not return within a period (usually up to 24 hours). These directions are given to reduce alcohol related crime and disorder and failure to comply will result in arrest."

Sgt Kennett added: "I hope that residents will feel assured that we believe that antisocial behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated, and they can expect our support if they call us. I am concerned about the risk of fire to nearby residents and beach users and there is also a risk of injury to dogs and humans from broken glass."

"The parents of young people involved in street drinking or antisocial behaviour can expect to be contacted by the police and the level of response will increase with the frequency and seriousness of the behaviour."

"I suspect that parents are not always aware of where their children are, who they are with and what they are doing. Anyone under the age of 18 in a public place or adults with them can also expect to have their alcohol seized, whether in open or sealed containers."

Police carried out a number of 'reassurance patrols' on Saturday.

Our photos show Burnham-On-Sea police on the beach and, above, some of the alcohol that was seized on Friday night


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