A quaint beach town has been turned into a ‘war zone’ – and tourists are too scared to go there.
Businesses around Gyllyngvase Beach and nearby Swanpool Beach in Falmouth, Cornwall have reported incidents antisocial behaviorAssault and even arson.
Falmouth’s main beach, Gyllyngvase Beach, in front of the Co-Op on Cliff Road, has become a no-go zone during term break, while BBQ smoke is said to have taken over Swanpool Beach.
The Swanpool Beach Cafe nearly caught fire when a disposable BBQ was left in a wooden container.
The popular company wrote on Facebook: “It got to us very close tonight. Five more minutes and the whole café would have gone out.”
“All because someone put a disposable grill that was still burning in our bin. And this despite the fact that there is a metal grill container up on the beach.”
“Big thanks to the people who walked around, doused it with seawater and called Falmouth Municipal Fire Station – You saved our business!”
The manager of the local hotel Membly Hall, Bev Andrew, described Gyllyngvase Beach as a “war zone”.
“It’s not a pleasant area for visitors to walk in and many people have told me they find it intimidating and like a war zone, after all this is an area of outstanding beauty,” he said Daily Star.
“Since local planning no longer allows hotels and guesthouses to be converted, this does not promote tourism.”
Falmouth and Helston Police have also issued a warning about anti-social behavior in the area.
They tweeted: “There was loads of ASB at Gyllyngvase last night! Evidence is sought to prosecute those involved. Do you want a criminal record?”
“Do you want your child to be criminalized? Talk to your child if they are involved or know who they are. This behavior will not be tolerated.”
Meanwhile, one Tripadvisor user said: “Great beach ruined by intimidating student gangs and rowdy behavior. Like a bachelorette party in the sand.”
Another commented: “Is Gyllingvase beach the worst in Cornwall? We think so. Maybe we were there on a bad day? Certainly around people who think it’s okay to swear in front of little kids and smoke their ‘stuff’. One moves, Similar group of people also in the next spot.
Others were more positive, writing: “First time in the sea on a UK beach in about ten years – freezing but worth it!”
“Nice beach, clean, quiet, well maintained, good facilities – and excellent sourdough bread from the beach cafe! Perfect for young children and their first experiences in the waves.”