Dogging in Plymouth on the increase

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A POPULAR park and an historic beauty spot have been named on a list of dogging websites where strangers meet for sex in front of spectators.

Those who take part claim the activity falls through a legal loophole because it is not an offence to have sex in public unless it causes outrage to a witness.

These dogging hotspots include Central Park, Devil’s Point, Jennycliff, Thorn Park in Mannamead and car parks in Ivybridge and Plympton.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the force is trying to tackle the anti social behaviour, but its powers to stop it are limited.

“Having sex in a public place is not actually an offence – the offence is one of public indecency, or public nuisance – so it’s difficult to enforce any law. We cannot arrest anyone simply for having sex in a public place,” he said.

“We are aware of the issue, and we’ve asked officers to disrupt the problem. We say to people to tell the police about it and we’ll see how we can deal with it, but ultimately it’s not just down to the police, it’s also one for the local authority.”