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Police warning after teens plan Swansea beachfront weekend gathering

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South Wales Police have issued a warning after messages circulating on social media encouraged people to attend a gathering near The Secret Beach Bar & Kitchen on Mumbles Road this weekend.

Chief Inspector James Ratti said: “We are appealing to the better nature of our local teenagers and youths – who we know are getting frustrated with lockdown rules, but who we are relying on to follow government guidance – not to meet in groups larger than six people. Our plea is for all those thinking of attending to please reconsider and avoid doing so this weekend.

“In the past few weeks officers have had to break up gatherings from events in SA1 and the area around The Secrets Beach Bar & Kitchen. I am therefore asking those who are considering attending any large gatherings this weekend to think again. Restrictions have eased however this does not mean that normal life resumes.

“Our officers will be maintaining a visible presence in the area and will be utilising Section 35 powers to disperse those acting in an anti-social manner, as well as utilising powers to confiscate alcohol. Please be advised that the officers will be adopting a far more robust approach than previously.

“These gatherings have a direct impact on the wider community who are affected by the anti-social behaviour that comes with gatherings of this nature. The target audience for these events are predominantly young people who may not comprehend the wider implications of their actions, particularly in the current climate. Having to deal with these sorts of unnecessary incidents puts an extra strain on both police and our partners, so if you are a parent or guardian please ask your teenager what their plans are for the coming weekend and who they are meeting up with.”


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