Major incident declared as people flock to England's south coast. Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole council says services are ‘completely overstretched’ as visitors defy advice to stay away. Three men stabbed at Bournemouth beach
Residents have described the “mayhem” as tens of thousands of people descended on Bournemouth beach yesterday “with no idea of social distancing”.
The health secretary Matt Hancock warned the government will take action to close beaches and public areas if people flout safety restrictions.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council declared a major incident after services were “completely overstretched” by the huge numbers of visitors who crowded on to the beach on Thursday.
The council said extra police patrols had to be brought in following the “irresponsible” behaviour of crowds who gridlocked roads, dumped rubbish, abused refuse collectors and parked illegally.
Police and security were seen patrolling the beach on Friday morning, although the crowds had not arrived in such numbers.
Three men stabbed at Bournemouth beach
Three men were stabbed at the popular holiday resort hours after a major incident was declared when thousands of sunseekers flocked to beaches amid the heatwave.
The men, all in their 20s and from London, were hurt during a fight near the amusements on Bournemouth pier on Thursday evening.
The three men were taken to hospital for treatment by the ambulance service.
Dorset Police said one man sustained a stab wound to his back and has since been discharged from hospital.
A second man sustained an injury to his face and the third was injured in the chest and arm.
Their conditions are not described as life-threatening.
Detective inspector Gavin House, who is leading the investigation, said:
We are carrying out a full and thorough investigation to determine who was responsible for this incident.
The public can expect to see an increased police presence near to the pier today as detectives continue their inquiries in the area.
I understand there was a large number of people on the beach at the time of the incident and I would urge anyone who may have important information to assist my investigation to please get in touch.
I am keen to hear from anyone who may have video footage of the incident and would please ask that you do not post or share this online out of respect for the injured people.
On Thursday Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council declared a major incident and condemned the “irresponsible” behaviour of crowds who gridlocked roads, dumped rubbish and parked illegally.
A member of the ambulance service looks out from Bournemouth pier as crowds gathered on the beach yesterday.
Extra police patrols have been brought in and security is in place to protect refuse crews who the council said faced “widespread abuse and intimidation” as they emptied overflowing bins.
Thirty-three tonnes of waste was cleaned up along the full stretch of coastline on Thursday morning, in addition to eight tonnes collected between the piers on Wednesday, the council said.