Alcohol sales ban to stop Facebook beach party
Published:  02 July, 2008

One of the year's busiest weekends for drinks retailers in Devon could be a disaster as police try to halt a mass beach party organised on Facebook.

The party, which organisers say could attract up to 10,000 revellers, is scheduled take place between Thursday and Saturday on one of five beaches in the Torbay area. The exact location is being kept secret until the last minute.

But police fear there could be huge problems created by so many alcohol-drinking partygoers descending on the English Riviera, and are threatening to use powers granted to them under the 2003 Licensing Act to temporarily ban drinks sales in shops and pubs.

Superintendent Chris Singer said: “The event is likely to cause disruption and difficulty for our community. The supply and consumption of alcohol would add to those difficulties.

“It may therefore be necessary for me to apply to magistrates to instigate the provisions of Section 160 of the Licensing Act 2003. I fully understand making the order would be an unprecedented step, and one which would not be taken unless fully justified.”

Retailers contacted by OLN were unaware of the police’s ability to ban sales and said such a decision would have a huge effect on their profitability.

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