Resort bans alcohol in 'yob' crackdown

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A tiny Cornish resort, nicknamed Kensington-on-sea, has introduced a by-law banning the consumption of alcohol in public after complaints that it was being overrun by drunken "Hooray Henrys".

A tiny Cornish resort, nicknamed Kensington-on-sea, has introduced a by-law banning the consumption of alcohol in public after complaints that it was being overrun by drunken "Hooray Henrys".

Rock has become a favourite destination for scores of public-school holidaymakers, but local people have become enraged by what they describe as alcohol-fuelled acts of vandalism and all-night noisy parties.

Last August, Paul Tyler, the Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, called for action to be taken to stop the picturesque resort being ruined by "upper-class yobs".

Councillor John Lugg, head of North Cornwall District Council's environmental services committee, said: "Local residents don't want 'Hooray Henrys' spoiling it for them. Rock is a very special place."

And yesterday it announced that a new by-law had been introduced, which would mean that anyone caught drinking alcohol in the quarter-mile exclusion zone on Rock's only main road and two slipways could be fined up to £500.

Mr Tyler said: "It is quite unacceptable that people, simply because they go to a posh school, think they can destroy people's boats and fences for a beach bonfire."

Annette Miller who, with her husband Eddie, has been running The Mariners, a pub, for 15 years, disagreed, She said: "People round here want the money the tourists spend but they don't want the tourists."

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