Anti-social behaviour crackdown after disorder by youths

PCSOs Colin Balch and Karen Capey in Budleigh Salterton
PCSOs Colin Balch and Karen Capey in Budleigh Salterton -Credit:Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police officers have been targeting youth disorder in Exmouth in an attempt to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Over the weekend, Saturday (April 27) Exmouth Neighbourhood Police Team combined efforts with officers from Rural East Devon and Mid Devon to curb anti-social behaviour and alleged shoplifting.

Due to reports of youth disorder earlier this month, an enlarged police presence was seen patrolling Exmouth city centre to provide reassurance to locals. And during the patrols over the weekend, two men were arrested.

One man was charged with shoplifting and public order offences, and the other was charged with three counts of shoplifting, theft of a pensioner's purse, fraud and handling stolen goods. The second man was held overnight in police custody and appeared in court the next morning. Both await further court dates, planned for mid-June.

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Exmouth's Sector Inspector Grant Leitch said: "Our neighbourhood policing teams are committed to this new way of working where we can rapidly move resources to the towns or villages where necessary and concentrate our efforts to achieve the best results. This means that we can focus our resources to deal with whatever issues concern the public most.

"The aim of the high visibility officer patrols on Saturday was to engage with the public, as well as reassure retailers and address any criminality or anti-social behaviour which was encountered."

Inspector Leitch added: "Our neighbourhood team, including Police Community Support Officers, sought feedback from local businesses and other partner agencies, about policing in the area. The comments were positive and confirmed that the presence of our teams, on the streets, being amongst our communities, is strengthening, reassuring and a positive use of our resources. We aim to continue to provide a good service to local people and listen to their concerns."

The local neighbourhood police team are hosting regular events for residents to engage directly with officers, voice any issues or seek advice. They're also offering crime prevention tips and encouraging more community members to participate.

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