South Wales Police have taken to social media to remind residents that Section 35 notices will be in place in beaches across the Vale and South Wales to prevent anti-social behaviour.
The Section 35 notice provides the police with powers to disperse individuals in order to remove or reduce the likelihood of members of the public becoming “harassed, alarmed or distressed” or “the occurrence of crime or disorder” in a particular area.
Notices will be in place for the Vale’s Ogmore-By-Sea and Barry Island as well as the Oval Basin in Cardiff Bay and also SA1 in Swansea. This is the first time that Ogmore-By-Sea has been subject to such an order and comes in response to recent anti-social behaviour in the area.
In a statement on social media, South Wales Police said:
“Ahead of another sunny weekend, and the likelihood that many will be heading to our beautiful coastal areas, we appreciate that most are doing so in accordance with the regulations.
“For those heading to #OgmorebySea #BarryIsland, the Oval Basin in #CardiffBay and SA1 in #Swansea, please be reassured that Section 35 notices are in place to prevent anti-social behaviour (ASB).”
In their statement, the South Wales Police Service continued:
“We all have a responsibility to make sensible choices when we are out and about, maintaining social distancing and not putting ourselves and others at unnecessary risk.
“Our officers will continue to engage with our communities to help them understand the restrictions that do remain in place.
“However, the Section 35 notices in place for the weekend will give officers the power to move people on from the area that are acting in an anti-social manner.”
In their statement, the police also reassured residents that they would not be monitoring visitor numbers at the beaches or to prevent those who are able to behave in a law-abiding manner from enjoying the warm weather in these locations across South Wales.