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Sexual acts performed at beauty spots

OUTRAGED walkers have spotted people performing sex acts in and around the public toilets at Delamere and Hatchmere beauty spots.

OUTRAGED walkers have spotted people performing sex acts in and around the public toilets at Delamere and Hatchmere beauty spots.

Rural police are to clamp down on the dogging culture blossoming at the spots, following numerous complaints.

Inspector Phil Hodgson, who heads up policing in the area which falls in the Western Rural Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: 'The Community Action Teams in the NPU is committed to tackling all problems reported.

'Although this is not the usual type of problem we deal with, it is causing concern to people and we therefore take it very seriously.

'This activity, known as dogging, has attracted lots of coverage in the national Press recently and it seems that secluded areas all over the country are experiencing this type of problem.

'Some details we've received indicate that damage is being caused to the barriers between toilet cubicles and blocks enabling people in one area of the toilets to see people in another.

'This is then allowing people to expose themselves or perform sexual acts on themselves in front of other people.'

Insp Hodgson and his Frodsham team is now liaising with the local health authority and council to come up with a way of solving the problem.

Discussions surrounding improvements to the toilet buildings and targeted patrols by police officers are already under way.

'This type of activity is not only offensive to many people, there are also a number of laws under both Common Law and the Sexual Offences Act, which people may well be breaking, and the culprits need to be aware that we won't hesitate to take positive action against them.

'Members of the public should be able to enjoy these areas without being exposed to such activity and I can assure residents and visitors that we are working hard to achieve that,' said Insp Hodgson.

To contact the Frodsham team, ring 0845 4586393. Please note that this is a regularly-checked answering service.

To report a crime contact 0845 4580000 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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