Police were called to Exmouth sea front and Orcombe Point yesterday (June 24) to attend to a ‘large scale altercation’ involving a crowd of youths.
‘All available’ local units from Devon and Cornwall Police were called to the mass brawl shortly before 7pm last night.
East Devon MP Simon Jupp who is “appalled” by the incident states that “Now is not the time for mass gatherings.”
A dispersal notice has now been put in place by Police until Friday morning (June 26) to reduce the likelihood of recurring events.
District councillor Nick Hookway “welcomes” the dispersal following the anti-social incident.
And Town councillor Bruce de Saram says he has contacted the Police and Crime Commissioner to find out steps can be taken to stop the behaviour.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “It’s believed that there were a number of fights within this altercation and was further reported that there had been anti-social behaviour seen during the course of the afternoon.
“A number of units attended the beach and sea front where a dispersal notice was put in place by police and will remain until Friday morning, in order to reduce the likelihood of recurring incidents.
“A small number of people had to be dispersed by officers whilst the majority dispersed of their own accord.”
One beach-goer who was present at the scene made the decision to move from the beach as it started to get “uncomfortable.”
The beach-goer adds: “It started to get busy around 4pm with people gathering together, partying, doing drugs and swearing.
“The Police started coming down shortly after a couple fights had happened.”
It was reported that yesterday (June 24) was the hottest day of the year so far.
With that in mind, it is unsurprising that many residents flocked to the beach.
Cllr, De Saram said: “I would like to express my sympathies to everyone that went to the beach at this pleasurable time and found themselves involved in this.
“This incident is way beyond the realm of the Council and so I have taken the steps to enquire as to what steps can be taken more politically.”
EDDC Lead member for Exmouth and Parks and Open Spaces, Nick Hookway states: “The events of last night are the latest in a series of anti-social behaviour that’s taken place in Orcombe Point over the last few weeks.
“Such behaviour is unacceptable and I thank the Police in their efforts to maintain order.
“It’s understandable that residents wish to enjoy the beach during the hot weather but we must all do so in a responsible, considerate manner.
“We must also respect the Government’s call for social distancing during the present pandemic.
“The dispersal set up by Devon and Cornwall Police is very welcomed.”