Council calls for people to respect parks and seafront after gatherings

Litter, fires and anti-social behaviour during lockdown breaches

Young people gathering during lockdown at Neath Port Talbot beauty spots including Gnoll Country Park and Aberavon Beach are being urged to respect them.

Bottles, cans, litter and barbecues have been left at Gnoll Country Park and Aberavon Beach and Police have had a number of calls about anti-social behaviour

Areas of Gnoll Park have also been scorched by fires.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr
Leanne Jones, said the authority’s main concern was for public safety:

“We are still subject to strict Welsh Government guidelines such as social distancing aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 but we have had several instances here of what have clearly been social gatherings involving quite large numbers.

“The vast majority of young people have behaved responsibility and we are talking about a minority of young people and adults who are involved in this anti-social behaviour. We hope that parents or guardians of those young people who are involved will help us in reinforcing the message that in the current health emergency they need to behave responsibly.

“To those who are involved in this we would ask you to please respect our parks and seafront. Also, we would respectfully ask anyone visiting parks or the seafront to take their litter home with them.”

South Wales Police Chief Inspector Nia Hughes added:

“We know the last couple of months have been tough, but we’d ask you to consider the impact anti-social behaviour may have on other people.
“We have had numerous complaints during the last couple of weeks of anti-social behaviour many of which have involved large groups of youths congregating. We would like to make it clear – anti-social behaviour including underage drinking and fires causing criminal damage will not be tolerated.”

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