Police given dispersal powers after 'alcohol fuelled' incidents during large gathering in Cardiff Bay

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Police have been given extra dispersal powers after 'alcohol fuelled' incidents in Cardiff Bay on Saturday evening.

On Saturday large crowds were seen in the bay which has been a popular spot for people during lockdown to drink and socialise.

South Wales Police said several disturbances broke out which resulted in the arrest of a small number people for being 'drunk and disorderly.'

A Section 35 Dispersal Order for the Mermaid Quay area has now been put in place to give officers additional powers to deal with people acting in an anti-social manner.

Chief Inspector Michelle Conquer, said the scenes were 'unsavoury'.

“Much of it was alcohol fuelled, so we are working with licensees and taking additional policing measures to ensure there is no repeat. Alongside the orders we will be maintaining a visible presence and our officers will proactively deal with any issues that may arise.“

She added: ''It’s important that Cardiff Bay remains a place for everybody to enjoy without the threat of feeling intimidated or worried about the actions of others. Such behaviour won’t be tolerated.”

What is a Section 35 dispersal order?

It aim to ensure the safety of the public, and reduce the risk of any anti-social behaviour or disorder within an area.

The order gives a uniformed police officer the power to ban a person from an area for a period of up to 48 hours by the issuing of a written notice.

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Cardiff Bay has been a litter hotspot since lockdown as people gather outdoors to socialise. Overflowing bins and rubbish have been a problem a number of times.

On Sunday morning, council workers were seen cleaning up the area following the large gatherings overnight.