‘Urinating’ claims mar Beach Race

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 October 2015

Beach Race mid week

Beach Race mid week

LAURA PALMER

ANTISOCIAL behaviour at the RHL Weston Beach race was the subject of discussion at the Weston PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting.

The race, which drew crowds of almost 100,000 people across the weekend of October 10 and 11, was a huge success for the town.

Yet it was marred by reports of people urinating in the streets, washing themselves in public and parking illegally.

The behaviour was reported to the meeting of councillors, police and concerned residents at Weston Town Hall.

One resident, who lives in the town centre, said participants and spectators had been dumping rubbish by the seafront and in Ellenborough Park across the road, as well as leaving their cars on pavements, blocking roads.

Calls were lodged to the police hotline 101 and community response officer Sophie Cox confirmed the matter would be investigated.

She said the event organisers would be notified to prevent a repeat at next year’s event.

Other issues discussed at the meeting included graffiti complaints, antisocial behaviour and the increasing number of rough sleepers in the town centre.

The meeting, chaired by council community safety manager Howard Pothecary, also revealed Weston was applying for Purple Flag status. The title is awarded to towns and cities with a safe and vibrant nightlife. The application was lodged to the assocation of town and city managers on October 16.

The next PACT meeting will be on December 8 in the Kenn Room at the Town Hall from 6pm. All are welcome.

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