Tyne & Wear

South Shields beach party banned by injunction

An injunction has been gained to prevent revellers gathering on beaches in South Shields.

South Tyneside Council said it feared up to 2,000 people would gather on Saturday after registering on a social networking site.

It and Northumbria Police obtained an injunction from a Newcastle Crown Court judge on the grounds of public safety.

It forbids a party at Sandhaven Beach, or any others controlled by the council, without proper approval.

Council lead member for leisure and community safety, Councillor Tracey Dixon, said they wanted to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere along the seafront.

She said: "Because of our firm stance we went to court to obtain this injunction against the 'organiser' as we had very real concerns that this illegal, large-scale event was not properly organised.

"It could have put at risk the safety of those attending and caused extreme nuisance and disturbance to residents and visitors alike."

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