Share of £500,000 pot for Torbay to prevent anti-social behaviour this summer

Torquay's inner harbour

Torquay's inner harbour - Credit: Archant

Torbay will be made safer and cleaner this summer thanks to a £500,000 fund set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Alison Hernandez is making extra money available to tackle anti-social behaviour in 20 key summer locations across Devon and Cornwall ahead of tomorrow's easing of coronavirus restrictions and a summer surge in visitors.

The funding can be spent on street marshals, CCTV, assisting volunteer schemes like Street Pastors and the provision of temporary toilets.

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 that has enabled Devon and Cornwall Police to place extra resources at hotspots like Orcombe Point in Exmouth.

The 20 locations to benefit from the additional funding have been identified by Devon and Cornwall Police to help prevent alcohol-related anti-social behaviour over the busy Covid-19 summer period.

The 20 locations are Torquay seafronts, Paignton seafronts, Brixham waterfront and harbour, Exmouth seafront and Orcombe Point, Exeter Quay, Exeter Cathedral, Bideford Quay, Woolacombe Beach, Croyde Bay, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth waterfront, Towan Beach and waterfront in Newquay, Fistral Beach Newquay, St Ives waterfront, Lemon Quay in Truro, Perran Sands in Perranporth, Penzance waterfront, Bude waterfront, Plymouth Hoe and Plymouth Barbican.

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The commissioner will be working with local authorities and community safety partnerships over the next few days to agree bespoke solutions for each of the locations but has immediately made available £3,000 per location to support this coming weekend.

This new initiative comes directly from discussions between the Commissioner and councils in response to concerns about specific locations.

In Torbay, Brixham, Paignton and Torquay will receive a total of up to £60,000 to spend on the measures.

Torbay Council leader Cllr Steve Darling said: 'Over recent weeks we have been working with our partners to tackle the emerging anti-social behaviour in public places since we have started to come out of lockdown, and we welcome this additional financial support from the Police and Crime Commissioner's office to help address the issue.

'In common with many areas in recent weeks there has been some antisocial behaviour in Torbay and it's important that we work together with all our partners to tackle the issue head on.

'We fully appreciate that people are keen to venture out and meet up with family and friends on a more social level as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, but we'd like to encourage people to please act responsibly. We will work with the Commissioner, local police, other partners and our communities to ensure that everyone can enjoy the beautiful surroundings Torquay, Paignton, Brixham and surrounding areas have to offer and help to keep people safe.'