‘Day of Shame’ at top tourist spot in scenes like Benidorm on TV as crowds force cops to close roads



Hundreds of visitors armed with cases of lager, barbecues and giant inflatable dinghies led to a ‘day of shame’ at a beauty spot in South Derbyshire where roads had to be closed.

Police compared the numerous incidents at Foremark Reservoir, near Repton, in south Derbyshire, to an episode of the holiday TV sitcom Benidorm, which features the antics of Britons letting themselves go abroad. The chaos led officers to close the roads around the reservoir.

It was a change officers from the Swadlincote Police Team to a safer neighborhood will not hastily forget, as “shirtless hooligans” terrified locals. There were issues of unsafe parking and abuse against the reservoir rangers, they said.

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A parent also left a child alone in a hot car where thugs who were throwing trash in nearby gardens were forced to pick up by police.

As temperatures hit a sweltering 29 degrees yesterday, Sunday, June 13, Foremark again saw visitors descend to make the most of the good weather – bringing with them a series of anti-social behavior. The place is very popular with families, who like to picnic by the water, which includes a sandy beach.

Officers described it as a horrific 10 hour period for them and called the shift “scorching, gratuitous and reckless destruction.”

Among the problems they faced were 27 ignorant drivers who threw their vehicles on the edge of the grass near the tank next to the double yellow lines without any consideration for other road users or residents. They have all received traffic tickets, which will arrive by mail, a spokesperson said.

Garbage left on the beauty site

Some of the drivers openly tried to argue that they weren’t parked on the edge, despite the grass stuck in their car doors from their driveway. Officers also took photos at the scene of the poor parking lot.

A spokesperson said: ‘To the shirtless thugs who terrified the owners of Repton Road by blocking their driveways with cars, as well as throwing rubbish in the gardens of local residents – what were you thinking? were identified, challenged and kicked out of private driveways – but not before being commissioned to pick up litter from the grassy edges.

“It was a perfect moment of reflection for the red-faced males as they were watched by local residents making their impromptu litter selection.

“To the visitor who cursed at a lone ranger at the entrance to the reservoir – what were you thinking? Without any sense of public standards, the raging woman thought it appropriate to humiliate the volunteer by taunting her while filming on a cell phone, simply because she had been informed that the tank was closed to the public.

“The upset volunteer was supported by officers at the scene and an investigation is underway to identify the offender.

“To the selfish parent who left their young child unattended in a car in the heat of the day – what were you thinking? The adult was quickly identified and refused entry to the tank – and he was said to go home. “

There was also an argumentative driver who crossed a closed police road “erratically”, although officers said there were signs, a police car marked with its lights on and a police officer at the scene. , said a police spokesperson.

A spokesperson for the team, which is a branch of Derbyshire Police, said: ‘Despite clear signage, a police car marked with flashing blue lights and an officer on the cordon, the driver was so eager to ‘Reaching her destination she performed an outrageous maneuver, driving on the wrong side of the road in oncoming traffic.

“When the officer spoke to her, she remained defiant, shouting that she would, ‘Do it again. The officer was dismayed to be confronted with the woman’s mother who shouted at him that she would do it, ‘Do the same. Officers attended the driver’s home address last night, he said. sent a section 59 warning and told her that if she does it again, her car will be seized. ”

Other ignorant drivers have blocked farmers’ access points to fields with football props and abandoned cars. The officers have again taken the vehicle registration numbers and the tickets will be mailed.

A family got stuck in the tank after failing to exit at 8 p.m. and then did what police described as a record breaking maneuver.

The spokesperson said: “With no logical way out of the tank, the household was stuck behind a giant 20-foot-long electric gate. The BMW driver had managed to stall his vehicle on an adjacent grassy edge when the police arrived at the scene.

“What followed would have made even the most gloomy face laugh. The driver then performed a record-breaking 300-point maneuver. Never in human history has reverse gear and first gear been used in si not much time.

“Looking like the electronic game Pong from 1972, the driver finally managed to get his car out of the tank. Officers reminded the driver to observe future signage.

Young people in swimsuits were forced to pick up their trash and leave the tank after being caught by an officer bathing in the dangerous water and littering the beach. They were told to leave and not to come back.

Eventually, a lone man decided to urinate in public in full view of young children and passing motorists.

The spokesperson said: “With savage abandon and to the horror of onlookers, the man made no attempt to use a public toilet or walk behind a tree. His joy in spraying urine rust-colored only stopped when a passing officer parried a car horn, forcing the male to place his offerings down his leg.

“The man was placed in a police car, the sergeant gave him a very harsh conversation, with firm action to follow. He was then sent on a shameful mile-long march to his car. parked, which had also been issued. with a ticket. “

Police made the decision this weekend to close the roads around Foremark due to the volume of visitors and unsafe parking.

The spokesperson said: “Nothing could have hardened the officers’ stomachs for the undiluted, full-blown antisocial behavior that was to follow.

“The awkward change will forever be known as a change of scorching, gratuitous and reckless destruction.

“During a horrific 10 hour period, acres of beautiful Derbyshire countryside were transformed into a triple consecutive episode of ITV’s Benidorm.

“Concentrated in a dystopian geographic radius of four miles around the Foremark Reservoir, located near Ticknall, hundreds of day trippers and tourists – armed with cases of lager, barbecues and giant inflatable canoes – have descended for what is quickly became a day of shame.

“Derbyshire Constabulary received reports that the 85-acre reservoir had reached full capacity by 1:00 pm. Within ten minutes, calls from anxious residents were received asking for help.

“It was immediately clear that the location had become a magnet for inexcusable parking, as well as reckless driving and behavior.

“With response officers dealing with a slew of other incidents, your Safer Neighborhood Team has been appointed to handle a growing number of unsavory and disappointing incidents.

“First of all, the influx of large visitors heading to the reservoir – many of whom arrived by taxis and private buses – caused considerable traffic jams. A decision has been taken to close the main road leading to the site, in order to protect public safety.

“What a weekend.”

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