Underage drinking and anti-social youths cause complaints, Exmouth police reveal

ANTI-social behaviour and young people are the complaints most received by Exmouth town's neighbourhood beat manager.

ANTI-social behaviour and young people are the complaints most received by Exmouth town's neighbourhood beat manager.

Officers say they are keen to work with young people and the community in a bid to crackdown on anti-social behaviour and also underage drinking.

Officers said the most recent police operation to tackle the two problems took place earlier this month - and was a success.

PC Mat Helm said: "Everywhere we went and every young person we spoke to was polite, sober and well mannered.


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"There are over 3000 teenagers in Exmouth. Of these, we deal with a minute percentage.

"We get lots of complaints about behaviour in The Strand and underage drinking.

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"Underage drinking has decreased massively in 2009 over 2008. It is now almost a rare event for us to find young people in possession of alcohol, although it does happen.

"We have put some considerable effort into reducing this in conjunction with our youth officer and the community college.

"It must be stressed that we are not out to ruin the lives and fun of young people, but to achieve a safe and happy balance between them, residents and the community as a whole.

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