Police had to react quickly to recent large gatherings of people around Devon, the police commissioner has said.
Officers had to deal with incidents involving hundreds of people on Exmouth's beaches, plus gatherings on waterfronts in Exeter, Plymouth and Torquay over the past week which saw some antisocial behaviour flare up.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernanadez said officers were geared up for some public disorder but "what we weren't expecting was for it to happen before 4 July - the Super Saturday [when lockdown begins easing in England]".
We had to react very quickly, and I think the police have done a really good job of having high visibility and reassuring ordinary, law-abiding members of the public who want to enjoy our spaces to do so safely."
She added that she was setting up a fund to help local authorities try to stop mass gatherings or partying on beaches.