Fears over police presence at Topsham Fayre dismissed

PUBLISHED: 14:35 03 June 2010 | UPDATED: 13:28 10 June 2010

FEARS that the level of police presence at this year s Topsham town fayre and carnival will be reduced have been dismissed as untrue. Percy Giles, police community support officer for the town, said there would be no change in the turnout of officers at t

FEARS that the level of police presence at this year's Topsham town fayre and carnival will be reduced have been dismissed as untrue.

Percy Giles, police community support officer for the town, said there would be no change in the turnout of officers at the event, which takes place in August.

There has been growing speculation in the area that the number of officers at the 2010 fayre and carnival would be fewer than last year.

Mr Giles said: "It is not true at all. This year we will be trying to step up efforts to stop under-age drinking.

"We will be carrying out checks and also directing the carnival around its route. Road closures will be carried out by Devon County Council."

Three assaults happened after the 2009 carnival.

Mr Giles, speaking after the event, said he would seek a meeting with members of the town fayre and carnival committee to discuss such incidents to prevent a reoccurrence this year.

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