Anti-social behaviour on Tenby’s North Beach has been slammed, after vandals ‘desecrated’ one the seaside town’s most picturesque spots with offensive graffiti.

The graffiti was discovered daubed on one of the sea defence walls after Saturday night (November 18), alongside the remains of a bonfire on the beach and disregarded trash cans of alcohol.

County councillor for Tenby’s North ward, Cllr Michael Williams has slammed the culprits, stating: “I’m somewhat at a loss as to what to say. I’m afraid that it reflects the society that we have created!

“It’s very sad to see this in such a beautiful area, the language is deplorable and it desecrates a stunning beach. It’s fairly obvious that people, probably young individuals have been congregating in the area with attempts made to start a fire.

“I hope the Local Authority will act very quickly to remove the graffiti and remove the rubbish in the area. Tenby was, not very long ago widely regarded as the ‘jewel in the crown’ particularly of South Pembrokeshire, so it’s very sad that it’s jewel is being desecrated by the acts of a group of utter idiots.

“The Police, I hope will pay attention, if they are ever in the area, as we are presiding over ever deteriorating standards of public behaviour and it’s time to state very clearly that as a society this behaviour will not be tolerated,” he added.

Pembrokeshire County Council has confirmed that a clean-up of the graffiti commenced yesterday (Wednesday) and should be finished today.

Dyfed-Powys Police has been contacted for comment, although the Tenby/Saundersfoot Neighbourhood Policing Team posted on social media some of the moves they have been making in recent days to tackle anti-social behaviour in areas of the town, stating: “Police in Tenby have been tackling a spate of antisocial behaviour in areas of the town over the past few weeks.

“Criminal investigations are being pursued to prosecute those responsible, and a dispersal zone has been put in place to prevent further incidents from taking place.

“Anyone found to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress in the areas covered by the order will be moved on, and will not be able to return for a specified amount of time.

“Those responsible for anti-social behaviour will be dealt with robustly to keep our communities safe from individuals intent on causing trouble,” they added.