BARRY ISLAND NO ALCOHOL CAMPAIGN
Date Published: 17/07/2012
BARRY ISLAND 'NO ALCOHOL' CAMPAIGN - POSTER COMPETITION
South Wales Police has joined forces with young people and local businesses in Barry as part of an operation to enforce the Island’s no alcohol rule.
Operation Weather, which started on Barry Island in April, sees neighbourhood officers taking a zero tolerance approach to anyone who comes to the area with the intention of causing problems or consuming alcohol in public over the summer period.
As part of the operation, police officers recently ran a competition whereby local school children were asked to design a ‘no alcohol’ poster for the Island, with prizes from local businesses including Barry Island Pleasure Park, the Rock Shop and Big Dave’s cafe.
This year’s winning design belongs to 16-year-old Gabrielle Goldthorpe from St Richard Gwyn School.
Gabrielle’s poster will now be seen across the resort throughout the summer months.
Under the rules of the Designated Public Place Order, people in the Vale of Glamorgan seaside town can drink in restaurants and pubs but not on the beach or streets.
As a result, the order gives Police Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) powers to confiscate and dispose of alcohol being consumed on the Island.
Barry Island Neighbourhood Officer, Police Constable Nick Williams, said: “Barry Island is a very popular summer resort and we will be working with our partners and alongside local businesses to ensure a safe and enjoyable time is had by all.
“We will adopt a firm approach to policing the area and will confiscate alcohol being consumed in public.”
Local Policing Inspector Chris Owen said: “I am reminding those visitors to the area from all over South Wales that Barry Island is a family oriented resort and we welcome anyone who comes here to enjoy themselves in a reasonable and law abiding manner.
“High visibility patrols will continue throughout the coming months and will be heightened during holiday periods and weekends.
“We are again appealing to parents, not only in Barry, but from the valleys communities who come to visit the Island , to check where their children are going and whether they are carrying alcohol with them. Any alcohol will be confiscated and any other necessary action will be taken.
“Barry Island is a place for all the family and we will keep it that way.”