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Ogmore Beach car park to remain closed until next week

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has said that Ogmore Beach car park will remain closed until next week, at the earliest.

Following events at Ogmore Beach last night, Council teams have been cleaning the area today and have collected two tonnes of BBQ related waste, alcohol bottles and cans.

In a statement released on Friday, Cllr Neil Moore, leader of the Council said: “The scenes on Ogmore beach last night were disgraceful. Those causing disorder showed a complete disregard not only for their safety but that of the community as a whole.

“The stay local regulations and social distancing guidance are still in effect in Wales yet it is clear many people chose to ignore these.

“A major clean-up operation is now underway. The car park at Ogmore beach has been closed and will remain so until at least the beginning of next week.

“As the First Minister has made clear today, actions like this by an irresponsible minority jeopardise the gradual steps out of lockdown that so many people have worked hard to make possible.”

(Large crowds gathered at Ogmore-By-Sea this evening where a number of fights took place)

In Friday's daily press briefing, the First Minister said lockdown restrictions will not be eased if large parties and fights at beaches continue in Wales.

The current "Stay Local" travel restrictions, are set to be lifted on 6th July, but Mark Drakeford said if behaviour continued his government would "not be able to continue easing restrictions".

South Wales Police announced earlier today that they had launched an investigation into what happened, asking for anyone with any information to get in touch.

Here are the latest updates from our reporter Dan Moffat.

LISTEN: Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has called the fights at Ogmore-By-Sea last night 'wholly unacceptable'.

Mr Cairns spoke to locals in the area earlier today and says South Wales Police are actively seeking to make arrests to hold those responsible to account.

(LISTEN: Alun Cairns gives his view and un update on the fights at Ogmore-By-Sea)
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