'Safe haven' move for town disabled

PUBLISHED: 15:55 04 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:26 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 4: POLICE were joined by Exmouth's learning disabled community this week to hit the Exmouth beat and talk to businesses about the town's new 'Keep Safe scheme'. The project was launched on Tuesday as businesses signed up to join a band of friendly places and

POLICE were joined by Exmouth's learning disabled community this week to hit the Exmouth beat and talk to businesses about the town's new 'Keep Safe scheme'.The project was launched on Tuesday as businesses signed up to join a band of friendly places and faces for learning about disabled shoppers in need of help or refuge.Cases of bullying and harassment - including a knife-pulling incident - have led to the campaign to locate safe havens for citizens in distress.Participating shops and businesses will display a 'Safe Place' sign pointing the way to refuge for any disabled residents experiencing an emergency. The victim can seek refuge inside, and show a personal "help me" card with details of two trusted friends, carers or family to be contacted by the business.Police diversity officer PC Vanessa Thompson said the scheme had trialled successfully in Torquay, and added bullying remained a problem."From our Keep Safe group meetings I know there are incidents which often go unreported. In one incident a knife was pulled.

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