Police called to Exmouth beach for ‘fights and Covid breaches’

A witness described the scene as a ‘mass gathering’ 

Howard Lloyd www.devonlive.com

Police are breaking up a large gathering of people in Exmouth beach, with fighting and Covid-19 lockdown breaches being reported.

Devon and Cornwall Police say they were notified shortly after 6.30pm this evening (Friday, April 2) about a large number of people on the beach.

Witnesses at the scene have reported as many as seven police vehicles, as well as two ambulances.

The police say no injuries have been reported as yet.

“We first got a call at 6.34pm to a report of a large gathering of mainly youths which we are dealing with and trying to disperse,” said the police force incident manager (FIM).

“There are no suggestions of any injuries at this time, although there are reports of fighting.

“We are looking at general disorder, as well as potential Covid breaches.”

One eye witness has reported at least four groups consisting of 10-plus people at Orcombe Point, which were being broken up by officers.

He added that there were also a number of police vehicles at the town’s train station.

Another witness described the scene as a ‘mass gathering’ and said there were two police vans and four or five cars in attendance.

Lockdown restrictions were eased at the start of the week, meaning people were allowed outside for non-essential travel.

But that has led to fears over people abusing the easing of restrictions, potentially leading to another surge in cases.

Two parks in Nottingham are now shut following shocking images earlier this week showing people fighting, littering and failing to socially distance.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier this week urged people to not ‘blow it now’, asking people to continue to obey the rules that are in place.