seized by Burnham police as officers swoop on beach party
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.
reports of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking, police
50 young people gathered together on
Burnham Beach and in the dunes behind Pizey Avenue.
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
Sgt Ian Kennett of Burnham Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
carried out a number of 'reassurance patrols' on Saturday.
photos show Burnham-On-Sea police on the beach and, above, some
of the alcohol that was seized on Friday night