New dispersal orders used
Police have broken up partying youths on Exmouth seafront, using recently introduced powers.
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering the town centre was extended to cover Exmouth seafront at the beginning of this month. It allows police to act when they find people drinking or behaving anti-socially.
On Saturday, around 100 drunken youths were seen fighting, urinating and selling and taking drugs on the beach as temperatures stayed high into the evening.
Bottles of beer quickly disappeared into rucksacks before furtive youths left the area as the police presence increased.
Four police vehicles, two riot vans, around ten officers broke up remaining revellers and escorted them along the seafront.
An eyewitness told Radio Exe at the scene, "We have been here all afternoon enjoying the sunshine and have seen the group get rowdier throughout the day, drinking selling drugs and urinating on those bins up there by Orcombe Point”.
"As you can see there are families on holiday here sat on the beach and they have had to watch all this unfold so we thought enough was enough and called it into the police”