“Alcohol-fuelled unsavoury scenes” is why police have extra powers to deal with people behaving anti-socially in Cardiff Bay in the next few days.

“Several disturbances” were reported at Mermaid Quay on Saturday evening on the first weekend of the lockdown restrictions being eased in Wales.

Police arrested a “small number of people” for being drunk and disorderly.

Now officers have added restrictions on groups congregating at the Oval Basin outside the Wales Millennium Centre.

South Wales Police have insisted they will keep a “visible presence” around Cardiff Bay and the dispersal notice will give officers the power to exclude a person from an area for a period of up to 48 hours.

“There were some unsavoury scenes in Cardiff Bay yesterday which required officers to step in and make arrests,” said Cf Insp Michelle Conquer.

People congregating at Cardiff Bay
Image captionLarge groups of people visited Cardiff Bay on the first weekend of Wales’ stay local travel advice ended
People congregating at Cardiff Bay
Image captionPeople sat in Oval Basin in Cardiff Bay in the Saturday evening sunshine

“Much of it was alcohol fuelled, so we are working with licensees and taking additional policing measures to ensure there is no repeat.

“Alongside the orders we will be maintaining a visible presence and our officers will proactively deal with any issues that may arise.”

It is the second time a dispersal order has been made around Cardiff Bay in the last month after a large gathering in June.

People congregating at Cardiff Bay
Image captionPolice say there were several disturbances in Cardiff Bay on Saturday evening

Source: BBC


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