Police sworn and spat at as mass mob ignores Exmouth beach ban and fights break out for a second evening

A mass mob of youths ignoring an Exmouth beach ban spat and swore at police when officers broke up fights for the second evening running.

Police were called Orcombe Point at around 8pm, on Thursday, June 25, to break up a group of around 50 youths who were fighting on the beach.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 15-year-old boy from Exeter has been arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly in a public place.

He was taken into custody and later released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Devon and Cornwall Police said there will be an ‘increased presence’ and foot patrols ready to respond to any incidents in the area over the weekend.

On Friday morning an onlooker at Orcombe Point said he saw ‘hundreds upon hundreds’ of used laughing gas cannisters strewn across the sand, along with broken glass bottles, tampons, human faeces and rubbish.

A police spokeswoman said: “Whilst in attendance at Exmouth sea front yesterday evening, police became aware of large disorder shortly before 8pm.

“Officers attended the incident at Orcombe Point where a group of up to 50 youths were fighting.

“Whilst in attendance, officers were verbally abused and spat at.”

It comes after 24 hours after officers broke up a 200-strong party at Orcombe Point when it turned into a mass beach brawl that ended when police slapped the area with a dispersal order to gain control and ban the youths’ antics.

And a day after Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Superintendent Matt Lawler told the public police would do ‘whatever is necessary’ to stop the mass-gatherings, drinking, brawling and antisocial behaviour.

Police stepped up patrols at Orcombe Point on Thursday after a mass brawl broke on the beach out on Wednesday evening, June 24, when a crowd of 200 youths spiralled out of control.


Police were called when hundreds of young people gathered on Exmouth beach on Wednesday.


Police patrolling Orcombe Point, Exmouth, on Thursday in response to Wednesday evening’s mass brawl on the beach.
Photo: Darrell Trigs.

A dispersal order was issued for the area until 7am on Friday morning, June 26, giving police powers to arrest and prosecute for repeat anti-social behaviour, and break up groups of youths.

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Mass booze-fuelled brawl on Exmouth beach prompts police vow to ‘do whatever is necessary’ to tackle bad behaviour

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