WITH warm weather forecast for the weekend, extra police patrols are planned to keep coastal areas – including Barry and Penarth – safe.
This is part of South Wales Police’s Operation Elstree whichs covers key locations including Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Barry Island, as well as the Heritage Coastline stretch between Rhoose Point and Ogmore-by-Sea.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “Anti-social behaviour and criminality has a detrimental impact on our communities and we will continue to work with our partners to proactively patrol these key areas to prevent such activity.”
Section 35 notices -which give officers the power to move people on from an area if they are acting in an anti-social manner – will again be in place at Barry Island and Ogmore-by-Sea this weekend.
Officers will also be working closely with colleagues from the respective local authorities to address the issue of problem parking and action will be taken where vehicles are found to be parked illegally.
Chief Inspector Bella Rees, from South Wales Police, said: “It is understandable that everyone is keen to make the most of the good weather and visit our beautiful coastal areas but we would ask visitors to please be considerate of how they park and ensure there is enough space for emergency vehicles to pass.
“Fire engines in particular are larger than cars and need more room to turn corners so please avoid parking too close to junctions.
“Every second counts when emergency services are responding to a 999 call so please park responsibly.”