Police officials said they will use a power outlined under the Licensing Act 2003 that allows an emergency blanket ban on alcohol sales to prohibit the beverages from being sold in one of five towns being considered by organizers of the event, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
The party, which was organized on social networking Web site Facebook, is planned to take place in Torquay, Paignton, Preston, Goodrington or Broadsands. The actual location of the event, billed on Facebook as "the biggest ever beach party," will not be announced until hours before the start of the blowout.
"The event is likely to cause disruption and difficulty for our community. The supply and consumption
of alcohol would add to those difficulties," police Superintendent Chris Singer said.
Retailers have said an alcohol ban during the popular drinking weekend would severely harm their businesses.
"Any ban will annihilate trade which is already struggling," said Brian Harris, proprietor of The Yacht pub in Torquay.