Police probe into former Suffolk nudist beach
POLICE have been called to allegations of “inappropriate behaviour” at a former Suffolk nudist beach, it emerged today.
The beach at Corton is no longer designated as a naturist beach, despite the protests of naturists last year.
But yesterday police said they had been called to a man “deliberately exposing himself” there and other allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
Waveney District Council and Suffolk police have now issued a statement “seeking to clarify the position regarding acceptable activities” on the beach.
They said that by-laws do not prohibit nude sun-bathing and it is not an illegal activity, but other activities - for example a man deliberately exposing himself, or other obscene acts - are illegal and police will continue to take action against anyone carrying out any activity which causes harassment, alarm or distress.
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They said this also includes anyone who is abusive towards naturists using the beach.
Supt Ian Sidney, of Suffolk police, said: “We have received several calls in the past few weeks and have attended the beach to investigate reports of inappropriate behaviour.
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“However there is no law to prevent naturists using Corton beach and we would hope that all communities can respect the wishes and activities of others as long as they are reasonable.”
Ken Sale, Waveney’s portfolio holder for the environment said: “The council made a decision to remove the special designation for Corton Beach and it is no longer a stretch for the express use of naturists.
“However naturism itself is not illegal on any beach and it is now for all our communities to behave appropriately and with respect for others.”