Police act on Cheddar Gorge

Avon & Somerset Police carried out a day of enforcement action in Cheddar Gorge on Sunday 10 October. Members of the Sedgemoor neighbourhood police team and Special Constabulary attended. Their work was to address continuing community concerns about acts of antisocial behaviour.

The operation, was put in place to engage with members of the public and offer them reassurance. Police were also able to identify a number of offences and take appropriate action.

Police used their dispersal powers after a large group of people and vehicles gathered within the Gorge. Some in the crowd were reportedly causing antisocial behaviour.

A 21-year-old male was stopped for driving while under the influence of a class A and B substance. Another male was found in possession of a controlled class B drug and will attend a voluntary police interview.

Fixed penalty notices were also issued to one motorist for not having a legal number plate. A second mototirst was given a fixed penalty for obstruction of a no entry route.

Meanwhile officers of the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency also attended. They dealt with a number of offences including:

  • Deficient body panels
  • Faulty lights
  • Number plate faults
  • Exhaust issues

PCC Mark Shelford noted: “I know how frustrated local people feel about the antisocial driving that occurs in Cheddar Gorge so I am pleased to see that this collaboration between Avon and Somerset Police and the DVSA was a success…. As for the minority who think it is acceptable to drive in an unsafe manner, it’s not; you are not only putting yourself in danger but other people too. This is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

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