Resort police seize 400 fake IDs
Police and merchants have confiscated more than 400 fake ID playing cards from below-age drinkers in a holiday resort in less than a month.
The seizures got here as lots of of public schools students descended on Polzeath for an early summer season vacation earlier than the state school time period ended.
Locals have complained of rowdy beach events, noise, drunkenness, and vandalism involving up to 500 people.
However police said a few of the complaints have been being “blown out of proportion”.
It was whole anarchy. They may do precisely what they wanted as a result of there have been solely 4 policemen there
Tess Smith, resident
However Polzeath resident Tess Smith said the problem was worse than last year.
“There were a thousand youngsters on the beach on one evening, screaming, chanting and urinating.
“There was an horrendous quantity of noise till three in the morning.
“It was whole anarchy. They may do precisely what they wanted as a result of there have been solely 4 policemen there.”
One below-age teen, among a gaggle ingesting and smoking hashish on the beach, said alcohol was easy to get.
“Some serve you below age. If in case you have fake ID they’ll serve you anything.”
Police rejected the accusation, saying outlets have been seizing about forty fake IDs a day.
4 hundred pretend playing cards have been recovered from youngsters for the reason that starting of July.
However Sgt Robin Moorcroft, who is accountable for the police operations in Polzeath, said the problem had now subsided.
He said: “There have been incidents of public dysfunction assaults and drunkenness, but a few of it is being blown out of proportion.”
4 cops are on responsibility this yr in the resort in July and August following disturbances last year.