With the ongoing heatwave in the capital, many Londoners have taken to travelling to their nearest beach to keep cool.
A day by the coast is just what you need, especially after being cooped up in lockdown for the past few months.
However, over the last few weeks as temperatures have soured into the 30s in the UK, there have been concerns that too many are heading to the seaside, meaning social distancing is hard to enforce. If you are heading to the beach, make sure you do so safely.
When we visit the beach, we want to sit back and relax and not think about anything other than where you’re going to get fish and chips from later in the evening.
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It’s hard to think that anything other than a good time is being had, but crimes are committed everywhere – even on the beach.
According to the latest police statistics on police.uk, a whole host of criminal activity is underway on seafronts at beaches all around London – including Southend, Camber Sands, Brighton and Margate.
The most up to date data is from June 2020, with crimes ranging from violence and sexual offences to public order offences.
Here’s everything you need to know:
11. West Wittering
The Sussex beauty spot saw 0 crimes reported in June.
The actual beachfront reported 0 crimes for June, although this is a small area.
Other areas of the popular seaside resort such as the Marina saw one reported crime, and two near the railway station.
9. Camber Sands
In Camber Sands in Kent, there was just one reported crime in June.
A popular Essex seaside town with a nearby nature reserve, Walton saw 49 crimes.
7. Frensham Great Ponds
This Surrey beauty spot saw 55 reported crimes in its ward.
Nine of these related to criminal damage.
Back in Kent, and Broadstairs has seen 58 criminal instances reported.
21 of these were violence and sexual offences.
5. Ruislip Lido
West Ruislip ward, that covers the lido, saw 109 reported incidents in June.
17 of these were vehicle crime, and 40 related to anti-social behaviour at the West London beach.
Another Kent beach, Whitstable saw a total of 113 crimes reported, the most being anti-social behaviour offences at 67.
3. Fulham Beach
Or Neverland, as it’s actually known as.
It comes under the Sands End ward, that saw 148 crimes in June. 81 of these were to do with anti-social behaviour.
In June, Margate saw 290 reported crimes, including 111 violence or sexual offences.
A total of 952 crimes were reported to have happened in Southend Central – the ward the beach comes under – in June.
Of these, 69 were public order offences, 269 anti-social behaviour and 351 violence and sexual offences.