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Police swoop as Lomond camping restrictions considered

Posted 14 May 2010
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Police swoop as Lomond camping restrictions considered
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Police have broken up a party of 40 boozing youths on the banks of Loch Lomond, in an area where camping restrictions have been under consideration to curb such anti-social behaviour.

Rangers from the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority joined police as they swooped on the illegal outdoor party at Manse Bay in Balmaha, on the eastern bank, seizing 11 gallons of alcoholic drinks.

PC Paul Barr, who works with the park authority, said: "The link between excessive alcohol consumption and violent behaviour is clear."

He added that there is an obvious danger to people of being drunk near a large body of water.

A public consultation has recently been launched over plans to ban wild camping on the eastern shore because of anti-social behaviour such as drunkenness, with people only being allowed to pitch tents at accredited sites.

The consultation closed on May 3rd, with the plans including the construction of a new campsite at Sallochy, new toilet facilities and a larger car park at Rowardennan.

Posted by Elaine Arthur