Budleigh Salterton has new bobby on the block

POLICING levels are to be restored in Budleigh Salterton from next week when the town's new beat officer reports for duty.

POLICING levels are to be restored in Budleigh Salterton from next week when the town's new beat officer reports for duty.

PC Simon Evans takes over from neighbourhood beat manager PC Dave Lea, who recently relocated to Cornwall.

Police inspector Jez Capey said the new officer, who starts on Tuesday May 4, would give the town back its policing consistency which had been lacking in recent years.

He will work alongside Budleigh's police community support officer Chantalle Major, who returns from maternity a week later.

Inspector Capey said PC Evan's community policing experience and skills made him the leading choice for the role.

He said the constable would be keen to tackle anti-social behaviour and other issues and concerns raised by the community.

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Inspector Capey said: "He will provide an element of continuity and Budleigh Salterton will benefit from that."

PC Evans said: "I am excited. It's a new role for me. I am raring to go."

PC Evans has been a special constable and police community support officer in Exmouth and is currently a patrol officer serving Honiton.