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`NO SEX PLEASE, WE'RE BATHING' Police warning after residents complain.

Byline: Tryst Williams

POLICE are launching a clamp-down against sex on the beach at a local beauty spot.

Signs will be posted at Traeth Mawr, near Wick beach, warning against openair antics following residents' concerns about gay men and a complaint to police of indecent behaviour made last year.

Pc Simon Rees, of the Vale of Glamorgan police, said: ``Posters are still in the planning stage and the wording of the posters is being drafted by the Minorities Support Unit. But the local police force will put them in the area hopefully in the next week or two.''

The beach, along with Sker Beach at Kenfig Burrows, is a well-known hotspot for naturists, and is popular with gay men.

They are also listed among other UK beaches on the internet as popular with naturists.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ``I'm not offended by nudity but these men are committing sex acts.

``Anyone who goes down there has seen it. Some of the behaviour is disgusting.''

Residents at nearby Wick have expressed their concern about behaviour on the beach for several years with complaints of gay men cavorting openly and spectators watching with binoculars from the clifftop.

But Inspector Chris Patterson, of Llantwit Major CID, was keen to point out that the police were not targeting naturists.

He said: ``It has been used as a naturist beach for years, so nudity is not the issue here - it's gay couples committing acts of indecency.''

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 23, 2002
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