Extra police for Exmouth to curb Christmas rowdiness

PUBLISHED: 12:31 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

POLICE will be increasing patrols on the streets of Exmouth to curb the rowdiness of Christmas merrymakers.

POLICE will be increasing patrols on the streets of Exmouth to curb the rowdiness of Christmas merrymakers.

High visibility police officers will be out in full force on Friday, December 19, and throughout the Christmas period and on New Years Eve to curb drunken disorder.

The Friday before Christmas, nicknamed 'Builder's Friday', is one of the busiest pub nights of the year with most office staff celebrating Christmas with parties and pub binges.

To reduce alcohol-related crime door staff of The Clipper pub and The Powder Monkey pub will be wearing miniature CCTV cameras.

Night Owl Security Services have issued the cameras, which records speech and images, to its entire door staff in Exeter and East Devon.

The door staff will be connected to the town's CCTV circuit and are connected to other door staff through a radio system.

The police will also be using section 27 of the violent crime reduction act to disperse drunken crowds and any groups that are "loud and rowdy" as a pre- emptive measure.

The designated dispersal zones will be located throughout the town with main focus around The Strand.

Inspector Jez Capey said: "There is a significant increase in crime during this period.

"We want to cut down drunken behaviour at an early stage so other people can enjoy a good night out."

The officers will be using specialist resources including tactical aid groups on the worse nights.

According to the police, crime in Exmouth is down by 10 per cent from last year.


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