Police To Crack Down On Beach Parties

St Mary’s police say the days of officers turning a blind eye to parties and barbecues on beaches are over, following what they believe to be irresponsible behaviour by islanders on Monday night.

On Tuesday, the police station had received six complaints about the state of Porth Minick beach near Old Town after a late night gathering on Monday.

Broken glass and beer cans were scattered on the beach and rusty nails from wooden pallets, which were burned to make a bonfire, had been left on the sand.

The police took the unusual step of cordoning off the area with police tape.

From Radio Scilly

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Officers have spoken to 5 males in their teens and early twenties about the late night revelry which some residents say went on until 5am.

The men involved have all been issued with fixed penalties for littering.

Sergeant Charlie Craig says he has a letter filed from a few years ago from the wildlife trust stating that they didn’t want bonfires and boozing on their land. Police will now patrol for beach gatherings and fires and break them up when they find them.


5 Responses to Police To Crack Down On Beach Parties

  1. Leigh Kendrick July 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    As far as I’m aware the young people involved were not just islanders they also included some visiting youngsters who seem to have got off scott free! And the youngsters involved did go down and clear up in the next day or so. Yes they were a little daft in leaving such a mess and probably made too much noise on their way home,but lets face it many of the adults do that on their way home too! Who hasn’t done this sort of thing during their youth? Or were policemen never young?

  2. Louise Davis, Tresco July 8, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Very well said Adam, I totally agree with you.

  3. Adam Morton,St.Martins July 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I think its high time the St.Marys police officers returned to the mainland for a reality check,the fact there isnt any real crime in scilly should be seen as a good thing and not be used as an excuse for inventing it to justify their jobs.You will always get some do good busybody complaining about somthing ..it should be ignored.I dont believe that anyone would dissagree that the persons involved should have taken their cans and bottles home and at least returned next day to clear away the offending rubbish.One would assume from the picture that at least one murder had been commited and i think that the police tape sends a far worse message than half a pallet and three beer cans that could lets face it be blown in in the next gale.I think that the trust also over estimate their importance ,it is not their land ,they rent it for very little from the D of C for looking after the wildlife .To all intents it is public land which ultimatly belongs to the Duchy.Last week it was flying kites this week its peoples drinking habits ,another bit of job creation or ego boosting going on there i think.The truth is ten minutes with a rake and a wheelbarrow and no one would be any the wiser.
    I dont personally have time for beach parties these days but they have been part of summertime island life for at least the last thirty years and contribute little to rubbish problems and so long as they are conducted as far away from the grass or undergrowth as possible do no harm.

  4. Todd Stevens July 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Its a hammer to crack an egg. Yes, take your rubbish home!! At least the perpertrators had the good thought to do this on porth minnack- the place was traditionally used as a dump for years andis out of the way- there is tons of broken glass and sharp objects down there. Not condoning what happened- it was stupid. But PLEASE dont penalise everyone!!. I’d be more worried if it was done on porthcressa or somwhere. The police should stop with the knee jerk reaction stuff and approach it more sensibly.

  5. Robin Burrows July 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Its such a shame that idiots spoil it for everyone else. I know many people who barbecue on beaches around Scilly and on leaving you woudl not know anyone had been there.
    I hope we are all not penalised for the rash behaviour of others.
    quietly cooking ones food watching the wildlife and beauty of Scilly is a part of the experience. Taking your rubbish with you, not leaving food for vermin and common sense are rules that shoud be applied to everything on Scilly. The amount of rubbish on St Martins this year is appalling and the amount of dog mess on St Mary’s has risen exponentially over the last few years particularly in Winter!