Police warn over Berry Head fishing chaos

Police speak to anglers at Berry Head, Brixham
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Police officers have issued a warning to anglers in South Devon after reports of littering, BBQs and camping at a popular fishing spot. Brixham Police, posting a statement to Facebook, said that information has been circulating on social media about issues with some anglers at Berry Head in the early hours of this morning (June 1).

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) at Berry Head in June last year ago in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour and prohibiting disorderly behaviour across the area. One local resident told DevonLive evidence of fires, barbecues, litter and camping has been found at the Berry Head quarry - things prohibited by the PSPO in place.

Brixham Police said neighbourhood officers visited the area at 9am today and explained the PSPO, as well as behaviour expectations, to people at the site. The force will continue to check the site throughout the weekend and added that breaching the order could result in a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine on conviction.

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The police statement said: "You may have seen on other social media sites about some issues with anglers at Berry Head around 5am this morning. To clarify, the Public Spaces Protection Order is still in place. This prohibits littering, setting fires and barbecues, camping, disorderly behaviour that stops people enjoying the site and sets limits on the amount of fish people can catch. Breaching the order could result in a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a fine on conviction.

"Brixham Neighbourhood Officers reattended the area at 9am today and made it abundantly clear to those present what our and other agencies expectations are at the site. We distributed leaflets explaining the PSPO to those present. We will be making other agencies, including SWISCO, TCCT and the Harbour Office aware of events this weekend. The Police will conduct checks during the rest of the weekend where resourcing allows."

A Public Spaces Protection Order has been in operation across Hopes Nose and Berry Head since June 9, 2023 and is currently set to last until December 31 this year. It was implemented following reports and evidence of anti-social behaviour, including littering of fishing debris and camping equipment, damage from barbecues and intimidating behavior.

Brixham Police say there have been reports on social media of issues with anglers at Berry Head
Brixham Police say there have been reports on social media of issues with anglers at Berry Head -Credit:Brixham Police

The Order sets out a series of restrictions backed by enforcement powers. They include:

  • No anti-social behaviour

  • No littering

  • No fires or barbeques or anything similar

  • Catch no more than 20 mackerel in any 24-hour period

  • Individuals to leave the sites when requested by an authorised officer and not return for 48 hours

  • No camping including no use of tents, shelters etc.

  • No removal, damage or interference with minerals or rocks

Anyone in breach of the Order is liable to receive an on-the-spot find (Fixed Penalty Notice) of £100 or face prosecution in court.