Pals who have been camping on a beach 20 minutes from their home because they can’t afford a proper holiday have annoyed locals who say they are causing disruption.
Sarah Hoggan and Mark Parry are good friends and regularly come to Swansea Beach in South Wales for a holiday with Sarah’s dog Jethro.
The pair said that they have spent the last week going for walks along the beach, going to the shops and swimming in the sea.
But residents in the area have reported the pair to police, claiming they are being disruptive.
Locals believed the pair, who have been at the beach for eight days so far on their latest jaunt, might be homeless , but they deny this is the case and said they live in separate flats, Wales Online reported .
Sarah said: “The weather here is beautiful and I can’t afford to go abroad at the minute. We are on universal credit.
“We have been down here for a week. It’s nice to bring the dog down here and he can have a little run. We clean up after him and ourselves.”
The 47-year-old said that they have not been causing any trouble.
“We are not breaking the law by being on the beach. It’s ridiculous, we are not causing any trouble, we are not doing drugs, we have a couple of cans but that’s about it,” she added.
“We feel targeted. We are not homeless. You can’t live in your own town and have a little holiday on the beach without people judging you. There’s no drugs being taken down here.”
Sarah said that the police visited them on Friday and told them that they had to leave.
“We were told that we have to move on. I came down about a month ago, for two-three days. We had no bother then. We are leaving today, the rugby is on and I am not missing that.
“We wrap up warm in the night, we have two sleeping bags, a blanket for the dog and two tents, one is also for the dog. A couple of our friends and Mark’s girlfriend, who is my best friend came up and spent the night here in the week.
“I always come down, it does get freezing in the night, but we have got the choice to get up and go home.
“Our friend lives in the flats by the beach and he lets us use his facilities to charge our phones and use the toilet, we have a BBQ here as well,” she added.”
Sarah said that they have been going on holiday to the beach for years.
“It’s been 17 years since I had a holiday away from Swansea, If we had more money we still wouldn’t choose to go anywhere else on holiday – we love it down here.,” she added.
“I am born and bred in Swansea, I have never had a problem before, I pay my taxes and clean up our mess, everything is in bags.
“Has anyone got any evidence of me Mark and the dog causing any trouble? that’s because there’s been no trouble at all.”
Mark said they are planning on going to Mumbles in Swansea Bay, South Wales for their next holiday
“People assume that we are homeless, but we are here on holiday, before the end of summer we hope to get one more holiday in down the Mumbles,” the 61-year-old added.
South Wales Police are aware of concerns that have been raised by residents.
Sergeant Martyn Poole said: “We are aware of residents’ concerns about a small number of people who have pitched tents off Trawler Road causing anti-social behaviour.
“We have spoken the campers about the anti-social behaviour and they have also been given advice of support agencies in the area.
“We will continue our patrols and our discussions with residents, the campers and the landowner.”