UK Police break up 70 person gathering at beauty spot after warning to stay away last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Walkers were urged to stay away from the heritage site over the long weekend
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Officers have spoken out about a busy weekend policing a beauty spot which walkers were urged to stay away from ahead of Easter weekend. The 'busy weekend' saw emergency services break up a gathering with 70 people committing anti-social behaviour, reunite missing children with their families and put out a number of barbecues on moorland around Rivington, Chorley Police has said. The update comes after Bolton Council and United Utilities, which owns the heritage site around Rivington Pike, encouraged visitors to avoid the long-running Easter tradition of hiking up Winter Hill. The Bank Holiday weekend would typically see thousands of tourists descend on the landmark. Instead, the local authority and water board announced that the annual fair would be cancelled for the second year in a row to reduce the numbers of people congregating' and obey coronavirus lockdown rules. Police remain on duty at the heritage site this evening (Monday, April 5) as they work on a plan to stop the use of barbecues and fires in moorland, but have praised residents for being a 'credit' to their community and 'enjoying the weekend sensibly'. In a statement, the force said: "Well, as you will have seen officers from police, fire, local councils, United Utilities, Rivington Heritage Trust and charity North West 4x4 Response. "It's been a busy but successful operation.
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. "Fire has put out a number of barbecues on the moorland. We have seized an off-road bike causing a nuisance to the community and we have engaged positively with the public as well as using the weekend to build working relations with partner agencies. "On Friday, we broke up a group of approximately 70 people near Rivington Castle who were causing anti-social behaviour and these were moved onto the the Horwich area with the help of Greater Manchester Police.
"Going forward, the local officers will be working with these agencies to develop a public spaces protection order preventing the use of barbecues and open flames on the moorland. "Thanks to the partners for their assistance this weekend and thanks to the public for in the main adhering to the current restrictions and enjoying the weekend in a sensible manner. Once again the local people have been a credit to the community."
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