Devon seaside town to see summer crackdown on noise, drunkenness and yobbish behaviour

Devon and Cornwall Police are cracking down on anti-social behaviour this summer
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A popular tourist town on the Devon coast will see more police patrols this summer. Devon and Cornwall Police are cracking down on anti-social behaviour in Salcombe this season, by carrying out frequent high visibility patrols and using a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

The PSPO is aimed at preventing individuals or groups from committing anti-social behaviour, which can take the form of excessive noise, being obstructive and alcohol related disruption. In an effort to deter crime, officers will also be patrolling the town more frequently and more visibly, alongside the PSPO.

Inspector Ben Shardlow, who heads neighbourhood police teams in South Hams said: “We’ve listened to the voices in our communities and know how important it is for everyone to feel safe, especially over the summer months where the population can increase enormously."

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“This proactive activity forms part of our commitment to safeguard visitors, residents and local businesses during the busiest time of the year. We don’t want to stop anyone from having a great time, we just want to make sure people can enjoy their time safely in Salcombe.

“Stepping up our patrols will provide a visible reminder to the public that our officers are here to help and support when we’re needed; this isn’t because we anticipate any problems, but that we want everyone - including residents and visitors - to feel safe and enjoy all that the area has to offer.

“We know that with more people visiting the area its usual for us to see an increase in reports, including for offences relating to alcohol and anti-social behaviour. So, not only will our officers who are walking the beat provide a reassurance to the public, but it will also act as a deterrent to anyone looking to commit crime.

“Any form of offence will not be tolerated within our communities. Our police officers will be patrolling the streets whilst using the powers of the PSPO to actively target and deter suspects. We are also working closely alongside Salcombe Town Council to address any problems and ongoing issues.”

Devon and Cornwall Police say the PSPO is not designed to ban drinking completely. The order will allow the police and authorised officers to direct individuals out of the PSPO zone for up to 24 hours and individuals who fail to comply could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Inspector Shardlow added: “With all our proactive policing activity in place, we aim to see a positive and safe summer across Salcombe. If you do see a crime taking place or if you have any intelligence relating to crime or ASB, please help us by reporting it straight away.

"Your information can help us with our investigations and patrols, making sure we’re carrying them out in the right places and at the right times. By working together, we can continue to make sure the town remains a safe space for the public and a hostile place for criminals.

“I’d also like to encourage the public to speak to a police officer if you see them on patrol – we’re approachable and it’s always great to meet the people we’re here to protect. Whether it’s just to say hello, share a concern you have or if you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to come up and speak to us.”