Illegal Devon beach party cancelled, say police

PUBLISHED: 21:31 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 10 June 2010

AN illegal beach party to be held in Torquay this month has been cancelled, the police say – but officers are remaining on red alert should the plans change again.

AN illegal beach party to be held in Torquay this month has been cancelled, the police say - but officers are remaining on red alert should the plans change again.

If they do, anyone caught taking part in an illegal beach bash could face police action.

The police are preparing to take 'whatever action is necessary' against the 3,000 revellers who initially said through social networking site Facebook they would attend the illegal party.

The police say the event - at an undisclosed beach which had been planned sometime this month - cannot go ahead because of public safety.

If it does officers will have the power to seize sound equipment, remove vehicles and arrest offenders.

Torbay Police Commander Supt Chris Singer said:

"Public safety is always the main consideration during a licensed event, during which time due consideration is given to fire safety, medical provision, safe access to and from the site and ensuring necessary sanitation and other facilities are on site.

"Early intervention is a tried and tested method that has prevented similar gatherings in the past.

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