HAMPTON, N.H. (CBS) – Beach-goers in Hampton, New Hampshire, are not happy large crowds are popping up and causing fights.
“I like to think of Hampton as a family, family place,” said Peg Adams.READ MORE: Man Metal Detecting On Maine Beach Finds Medford High School Class Ring Missing Since 1984
“There was a ton of cops here last weekend, and there was a ton. A lot of people that live up here; we’re giving them all the support,” said Heather Ward.
People are hoping the increased police presence will prevent any more problems this summer.
“What we’re really experiencing here are events that are coordinated through social media that just gather a mass amount of people to a group in one place,” said Hampton Police Chief David Hobbs.
Hampton Police Chief David Hobbs appeared before the board of selectmen this week to discuss the violence.
He said the large groups aren’t isolated to Hampton Beach. The chief said they’ve stepped up visibility to deter any more crowds.READ MORE: Police Officer Rushes Into Burning Somerville Home, Alerting Residents To Fire
“We will continue with these efforts so that we can focus on these issues and be visible, so people can feel safe when they come to this community,” said Chief Hobbs.
Communities up and down New Hampshire’s seacoast are working together to stop the violence.
“We’re reinforcing our patrols. We’re trying to be proactive and get out there,” said Rye Chief Kevin Walsh.
Chief Walsh said the town had an incident over the weekend stemming from people leaving Hampton Beach.
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“It doesn’t matter if it’s Hampton, Seabrook, North Hampton, Rye, New Castle or Portsmouth; we’re all feeling this. It’s pushing right to everybody’s border,” said Chief Walsh.