Stewards will be used to prevent large gatherings at a Richmond beauty spot, council officials have announced.
They will be brought in this weekend to marshall activity at Richmond falls, which was blighted by anti-social behaviour over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Police confirmed today that a 29-year-old man, from Staffordshire, will appear in court in July charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing a police officer and using threatening words and behaviour after a disturbance at the falls on the Monday.
A 30-year-man from Catterick Garrison was issued with a penalty notice for disorder.
In a separate incident another man was fined for refusing to move his car which was causing an obstruction.
The stewards will restrict access to the falls by groups of young people and anyone who is suspectedseen to be of carrying alcohol with them.
Officials say they will also prevent large gatherings of young people and ensure the area is available to enjoy for local residents and their families.
A task group made up of representatives from Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire Police and councillors from both the district and county council this afternoon agreed to the short term solution to the issue.
The council said they would continue to meet to look for a long term solution.
“We have received many, many representations from local people about the totally unacceptable behaviour witnessed at the falls over the last two weekends” said Councillor Helen Grant, deputy leader of Richmondshire District Council and lead on community safety.
“We have listened to those community views and we are taking immediate action to make the falls available to everyone.
“Anyone who is seen to have alcohol with them – and any large groups of young people – will be refused access to the area.
“We will not tolerate the behaviour we saw from these people – we are working to protect our beauty spot for local residents and visitors who want to treat it with respect, not as a party spot.”
She said the situation will be reviewed after this weekend’s action.
A police spokesperson said: “Officers are reminding visitors that although we have limited powers under the coronavirus regulations, our normal police powers have not changed and we won’t hesitate to use them if we have to.”