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Crowds pour into SA1 to drink despite Police warning and council erecting barriers

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South Wales Police carried out patrols in SA1 to tackle anti-social behaviour as large numbers of people turned out to enjoy the sun.

They responded to reports of a “minority of people” who had been drinking heavily and behaving in anti-social ways.

Superintendent Steve Jones said: “We focused our patrols on areas in Swansea where a large number of people were congregating – such as SA1, the Marina and Oystermouth Road.

“It’s understandable that everyone’s keen to make the most of the good weather. This isn’t a problem if people behave responsibly, sensibly, and are mindful of the Covid restrictions that are still in place. However, a minority were behaving in a way that was just unpleasant for other people.

“Our officers were at these hotspots and kept a close eye on these locations during their patrols. Those found committing anti-social behaviour were dealt with accordingly. Officers adopted a robust approach and made two arrests on suspicion of possession of drugs with the intent to supply, and one arrest for suspicion of being drunk and disorderly. Five Section 35 notices were also issued.

“We will continue to work closely with the local authority, and other key partners, to ensure we address the concerns raised by local residents and the wider community.”

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The crowds gathered in the city’s maritime district despite the council installing temporary railings aimed to prevent mass gatherings in SA1.

The decision to install the barriers came as lockdown restrictions continue to be eased over the weekend with news that any six people can meet up outdoors provided they keep their distance from one another and do not meet with other groups.

Speaking at the time the barriers were installed, Mark Wade, Head of Service for Public Health at Swansea Council, said: “The virus is still with us and the vast majority of people are abiding by the rules. But the behaviour of a noisy, anti-social minority risks spoiling the easing of the restrictions for the rest of us.

“No-one wants a return to more stringent restrictions. But that’s the risk we run if people don’t behave. Despite the success of the vaccination programme so far, Covid-19 causes illness and is still a killer.”

Pubs, cafes and restaurants who have access to outdoor space will be able to re-open on for outdoor services from today (26 April) although customers will be allowed to have access to their toilet facilities.

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