Beach anti social behaviour


It’s important we keep our beaches a safe place for everyone to enjoy. That is why we always advise people to leave our beautiful coastline as they find them.

Please make sure to take all rubbish with you and leave only your footprints in the sand. Broken glass can pose a risk to other beach users. For more information on litter, and how to report an overflowing bin, visit;

Bonfires and barbecues can present dangers to other beach users as well as the local environment and wildlife.

Observe local byelaws about fires, and always use a container, never have an uncontained bonfire on a beach, so please take a moment to read the Barbecue Safety Advice from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service:

For beach safety advice, and a list of lifeguarded beaches visit;

For educational resources on water safety visit;

For a list of local Surf-life Saving Clubs visit;
RLSS UK Clubs | Royal Life Saving Society UK ( RLSS UK )

Ideas for you

Devon and Cornwall Police are the primary agency to report to when it comes to alcohol related disorder in public. If you experience incidents of beach drinking or Anti-Social Behaviour, please call Devon and Cornwall Police on:

Non Emergency call: 101

Or use the online form and click “Contact” then “Report”

You can also report the activity to your local authority using the online form available here.

Things that might help

Some lesser known laws relating to UK beaches are available here.