Antisocial behavior on Canford Cliffs beach
BEACH Hut tenants in Canford Cliffs have raised concerns over antisocial behavior following a recent stabbing and several large gatherings in the area.
Beach huts were smashed, prompting calls for more patrols, more lighting and CCTV.
A tenant, who chose to remain anonymous, said: “We have seen anti-social behavior, my son has his beach hut broken into.
“They are teenagers, 16 year olds. I think it’s worse than ever because of the lockdown rebound where they couldn’t do anything at all and suddenly they can.
“It was mid-May when we brought out the police and security at 2 am and went downstairs on Saturday and the cabin had been broken into and vandalized. There were also drugs.
“They had beach guards all the time and even though I see someone it’s not as crowded as it used to be.
“I think we have less patrols since Poole Council merged with Bournemouth and Christchurch, I think it was better when there was only Poole.”
Another tenant whose beach hut was also broken into said: ‘What would be really nice here is more lighting, we definitely need lighting and maybe even CCTV I thinks it would significantly reduce anti-social behavior. ”
“If you come here early on a nice sunny weekend, people sleep on the beach, which doesn’t particularly bother me, but it’s not ideal.
“I broke into my beach hut, quite a few of us did, they walk along and throw rocks and when I go down there are often beer cans, bottles and cigarette butts. cigarettes, so they obviously sat down or grouped by the shacks, leaving all the mess behind that is the antisocial side.
Two tenants who returned to their refuge on Saturday said their not meant to be.
“It’s good when it’s not too crowded, but if you have a lot of kids here trying to cross, that’s the hardest part.”
Responding to reports of anti-social behavior at Canford Cliffs, Neighborhood Sergeant Sophie Williams of the Poole Neighborhood Police Team said: “Operation Sandman was put in place in April of this year. It is a multi-agency operation to target anti-social behavior at night and on weekends in the Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks areas.
“This operation will now be carried out every year between Easter and the end of September by the neighborhood police team.
“We are aware of reports of people coming together in large groups acting antisocially on the beach and we want to help reduce potential disruption.
“As part of the operation, officers from the local community policing team will carry out regular high-visibility patrols, with the support of partner agencies.
“While on patrol, officers will engage with anyone seen to be acting in an antisocial manner and will seek to intervene quickly by removing alcohol from young people to prevent further crime or disorder.
“In the majority of cases the people we talk to are well behaved, but unfortunately there are incidents where large gatherings lead to unrest, which usually occurs between 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m., and that’s the behavior on which we focus specifically. .
“We are fully aware of the distress and upheaval that antisocial behavior causes to the local community and that is why this operation was launched.
“We are committed to working with our partner agencies to tackle the problem and ensure that residents and visitors feel safe and enjoy their time in the area. ”