Somerset

Somerset holiday resort cracks down on troublemakers

A Somerset holiday park has joined forces with police in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour by guests.

Holiday Resort Unity launched the Sitewatch scheme at its Brean Sands site this summer.

Park managers and security staff will be able to issue green, amber or red warning notices, which could lead to guests being asked to leave.

Their details would then be shared with the 12 other holiday parks in the area who have joined the scheme.

'Effective tool'

The resort's security co-ordinator, Andy Kerslake, said they would target incidents such as excessive late night noise, disruptive or unsupervised children and barking dogs.

"Many of these things historically have been dealt with informally and there was not much joined up thinking in relation to this," he said.

"I thought we needed to come up with a process that everybody would understand and appreciate.

"It's a simple system of green, amber and red. Red obviously means it's time to to leave the site because your behaviour is unacceptable."

He said the scheme would be evaluated at the end of the season in consultation with the police, with the aim of rolling it out nationally.

Insp Roger Tolley, of Burnham-on-Sea police, said: "This scheme has the potential to be a really effective tool in improving the quality and enjoyment of holiday makers by quickly identifying and challenging the small minority of disrespectful and disruptive visitors to our area."

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