Police in Richmond have warned that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in the town over the bank holiday weekend.
The area of Richmond Falls has been the scene of rowdy behaviour an littering in recent years during hot weather.
A Public Space Protection Order has been put in place for the falls and Batts area in a bid to crackdpwn on the problems.
Speaking ahead of the weekend, Inspector Martin Metcalf of Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We welcome considerate and responsible visitors to the Richmond Falls, but we will not tolerate antisocial behaviour, which is often committed by large groups who travel in from other areas and behave with no respect for the community they’re visiting.
“There is a currently a Public Space Protection Order in place and we will be out on patrol with our partners to enforce the order if we need to. We really hope we don’t need to and that everyone can enjoy the area in peace.
“Anyone who is in possession of alcohol within the area is likely to lose it. Last year we seized gallons of drink and yours is likely to go the same way if we believe you are in breach of the order.
“We simple ask that you enjoy the beautiful location, treat it responsibly and take your litter home. Please note no barbecues are permitted under any circumstances.”
The protection order restricts certain behaviour. It states:
- i) Behaving in a way, including congregating in a group, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, obstruction or concern for safety to another person in a public place;
- ii) Threatening and/or abusing people in the restricted area;
- iii) Continuing to consume alcohol when required to stop doing so by any authorised officer;
- iv) Being under the influence of controlled drugs or other psychoactive substance;
- v) Throwing objects which are liable to cause damage, nuisance or injury to any person, animal or structure;
- vi) Lighting or being in control of a fire or barbecue;
- vii) No littering – not to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and then leave litter in any place.