Police And Paramedics Having To Help 'Obviously Drunk' People On Brighton Beach
Witnesses in Brighton have revealed how police and paramedics were having to help people off the beach yesterday - some with suspected sunstroke, while others were 'obviously drunk' and appeared to be struggling after some seaside boozing.
With another sunny weekend on our hands, many Brits have been flocking to the nation's coast to enjoy a day out at the beach, including over on Brighton's famous seafront.
One local called Jo Edwards told LADbible that she cycled past the beach yesterday evening and spoken to police officers patrolling in the area, who told her they felt social distancing had 'gone out the window'.
Edwards, who lives in central Brighton, explained how she has limited outside space and has been taking her daily exercise at the beach.
However, since the government relaxed lockdown measures, meaning people can enjoy unlimited time outdoors, what used to be a lovely peaceful setting for locals' during full lockdown has become a 'nightmare'.
Praising the work of Sussex Police, who she said have been 'awesome' in having to police such a 'difficult situation', Edwards said: "Yesterday, I cycled the length of the beach at lunchtime and it was lovely - busy but socially distanced, families enjoying the sunshine.
"In the afternoon, knowing it would be busy on the beach, I decided to cycle along the quiet coastal path to Rottingdean 5 miles away.
"I got back into Brighton about 7pm, dropped my bike back by the pier and had to walk past the beach to get home. That's when I came across mayhem - a police van and car and an ambulance there, the beach full of crowds of young people, many obviously drunk or suffering with sunstroke.
"I saw one man taken away by paramedics, I think from what others have said on social media, he was suffering from sunstroke."
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Edwards said large crowds had begun to gather between the two piers shortly after one of the nightclubs on the beach 'started serving takeaway beer', which was being sold at two for £5.
She continued: "A policeman alongside me commented that it did seem that social distancing has gone out the window.
"That's my experience of the beach over the last couple of weeks. And I feel sorry for the police - I have asked them why bars are allowed to sell alcohol, they say technically they can for takeaway.
"I ask why they don't break up big groups and they say, people pretend they're from the same household so they're powerless to do anything."
Edwards said people on social media believe the 'Cummings effect' may play a part, but she argued that people also 'think they should be able to do what they want now'.
She added: "I don't think the beach should be closed - it's a lifeline for locals - but I'd ban alcohol for now and also limit crowds the council introduced stewards to do that last weekend 12-9 but I didn't see any last night."
LADbible has reached out to Sussex Police and South East Coast Ambulance Service for comment.
Featured Image Credit: Jo Edwards/@MissJoEdwards