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Call to respect communities after drink related disorder

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Dispersal notice remains in place

Following further reprots of ASB and disorder in Exmouth last night, the local polcing team have plans in place for the weekend.

Superintendent of Local Policing in Exeter, East and Mid Devon, Antony Hart said: “Over the past two days there have been a number of incidents of disorder and anti-social behaviour in the area of Exmouth sea front and Orcombe Point. 

“These reports have included large groups of young people and adults fighting, a serious assault and officers being verbally abused and spat at. Needless to say, this is absolutely unacceptable behaviour and it will not be tolerated.

“As a result of these matters we will be putting out an increased high visibility police presence in the area over the coming days and those arriving can expect to be greeted by officers. Those who are involved in anti-social behaviour will be robustly dealt with, and we will seek out those who have committed offences. 

“A Section 35 dispersal order has been put in place between 12pm on Friday 26 and 12pm on Sunday 28 June to cover the sea front area. Anyone who is formally given notice to disperse from the area must not return within the notice period and anyone who does is liable for arrest and prosecution.

“Local teams are also continuing to review available CCTV and social media footage in order to identify those responsible for causing this disruption and I’d encourage anyone who witnessed any of the incidents, has relevant mobile phone footage and information, to contact police by 101 quoting log 287 of 26 June.

“While regulations around COVID have been relaxed to an extent, the Government continues to ask all people to respect social distancing and rule around gatherings and to remember coronavirus remains a serious threat to public health.

“While we want people to be able to have a good time and enjoy themselves, drinking to excess and meeting in such large groups is putting themselves and many others at risk.”


A number of incidents reported across the force

Devon & Cornwall Police is calling for respect in our communities after a series of incidents of drink related disorder reported in East Devon on Wednesday evening.

The main incident at Orcombe Point, Exmouth, saw around 200 young people drinking, and in some cases fighting, with large numbers of individuals drunk. Police issued a dispersal order in an effort to restore order to the beach on Wednesday evening.

In another incident a man suffered a head injury after an apparent assault in Exmouth with numerous assaults on police officers reported across Devon and Plymouth.

Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler said: “We wholly appreciate many people in our communities have been in lockdown for some time and the chance to meet in larger groups outside in good weather is an opportunity to socialise and enjoy.

“However, the impact on the wider community must be respected and drink related episodes like those at Orcombe Point on Wednesday cannot be repeated.

“While we want people to be able to have a good time and enjoy themselves, drinking to excess and meeting in such large groups is putting themselves and many others at risk.

“While regulations around COVID have been relaxed to an extent, the Government continues to ask all people to respect social distancing and to remember coronavirus remains a serious threat to public health.

“We hope the vast majority of our residents are responsible, but we know some people will drink to excess and become vulnerable to harm or indeed cause harm to others as a result.”

C Supt Lawler added: “Police officers should not be put at risk simply because people want to drink and let off steam. In a number of cases last night officers have been assaulted because of drunken, anti-social behaviour – that is unacceptable.

“Anti social and drunken behaviour impacts hugely on a community and the lifting of some COVID measures is not an excuse for violent excess.

“Officer took steps last night to disperse crowds at Orcombe Point and will do whatever is necessary to protect all of our communities from crime and disorder.”


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