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Commissioner visits Teignmouth and Newton Abbot to launch Safer Summer Scheme

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez visited Teignmouth and Newton Abbot on Saturday to meet street marshals funded through her Safer Summer Scheme.

Commissioner visits Teignmouth and Newton Abbot to launch Safer Summer Scheme

The commissioner met local councillors and discussed issues related to antisocial behaviour in the towns, which are among 20 locations to benefit from the £500,000 project.

In Teignmouth the project is funding two street marshals for 44.2 hours a week for nine weeks and in Newton Abbot it is paying for the reinstallation and repair of two CCTV cameras, supporting Street Pastors and paying for two street marshals for 30 hours a week for eight weeks.

In recent weeks police and communities have had to deal with incidents of antisocial behaviour linked to excessive drinking as restrictions on people’s movement have eased.

The new measures will help complement a wider summer policing plan and are in addition to extra policing resource deployed by Devon and Cornwall Police this summer.

The 20 locations to benefit from the additional funding were identified by the force to help prevent alcohol related antisocial behaviour over the busy Covid-19 summer period.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said that the funding was in addition to the £1.7m invested annually by her in community safety partnerships. These work with local partners to build safer communities.

“We are now in what is traditionally Devon and Cornwall Police’s busiest period, with potentially even more visitors to the Westcountry than in previous years,” she said.

“I welcome the fact that the bars, restaurants and cafes which are an important part of our economy will be able to open, and we can once again give tourists a warm westcountry welcome.

“But I do want people to behave responsibly and consider the impact of their behaviour on others. This funding represents a significant investment in practical measures that, in partnership with councils and police, will help keep people safe and reduce the impact of the impending changes to coronavirus regulations.

“I was pleased to meet the marshals on Saturday and hope they reassure residents of Teignmouth and Newton Abbot.”