Around 200 youths kicked out of Gower woodland party

Litter and mess after Bishop's Wood party as Police act on Dispersal Order

Around 200 young people were kicked out of a gathering in woods on Gower last night as police patrols took action under a new dispersal order for the area.

South Wales Police tweeted pictures of the mess left behind in Bishop's Wood but thanked a few young people who stayed behind to help with the clean-up


Its after police issued a Section 35 Dispersal Order for Langland and Caswell Bay.
Chief Inspector James Ratti said:
“We are listening and responding to the issues raised by the local communities in these areas. With the weather set to improve we want to do our best to ensure these areas and the beaches are there for all to enjoy.
“We are aware that local school pupils maybe planning a large gathering in Caswell Bay.
“I want to make it clear that behaviour such as underage drinking, lighting fires causing criminal damage, fighting and foul and abusive language will not be tolerated. I urge parents to play their part and help us get this message across to young people.
“Anyone enjoying the beach and adhering to the current Covid-19 legislation can continue to do so, the S35 Order is for those not only causing concerns for residents but also putting themselves at risk.”
The order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 aims to ensure the safety of the public, and reduce the risk of any anti-social behaviour or disorder within this area. It gives a uniformed police officer the power to exclude a person from an area for a period of up to 48 hours by the issuing of a written notice. The power is preventative and allows an officer to deal quickly with someone’s behaviour before it escalates. It is in addition to the current Covid-19 legislation. The dispersal order will be reviewed after 48 hours and in addition to the Section 35 dispersal order, we will also be using powers to confiscate alcohol and if the behaviour meets criminal levels or the order is breached then prosecution will be considered. Anyone with information on anti-social behaviour can call South Wales Police on 101.

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