Exmouth police will 'move away' from dealing with noise issues, inconsiderate parking and neighbour disputes

PUBLISHED: 13:26 06 February 2018

Exmouth Police Station

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Devon and Cornwall Police has announced Exmouth's neighbourhood police teams are 'moving away' from dealing with issues of minor anti-social behaviour, parking problems, speeding in low impact areas and 'low level' neighbourhood related problems. Police said the move away from neighbourhood issues was in response to public calls for more police on the beat.

A reduction in police help over complaints of noise, inconsiderate parking and neighbour disputes aims to boost bobbies-on-the-beat in Exmouth.

Devon and Cornwall Police has announced Exmouth’s neighbourhood police teams are ‘moving away’ from dealing with issues of minor anti-social behaviour, parking problems, speeding in low impact areas and ‘low level’ neighbourhood related problems.

When challenged if the changes would dilute the role of the police in Exmouth, a force spokeswoman said: “Police at Exmouth work twenty four-seven responding to calls for service and working within the local community to detect and prevent crime. This hasn’t changed.”

Police said the move away from neighbourhood issues was in response to public calls for more police on the beat.

Instead officers will help the community’s vulnerable and at-risk children and adults, working closely with housing agencies and social services.

This includes tackling aggressive begging, rough sleepers and anti-social behaviour.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: “Police are frequently called to deal with quality of life issues such as inconsiderate parking, noisy neighbours or other disputes between neighbours and other non-crime related matters.

“Police resources have to be prioritised to deal effectively with calls for service, victims of crime and to bring offenders to justice.

“We provide a visible policing presence throughout the area targeting specific locations according to information and intelligence about crime and disorder.”

She added: “Moving away from routine patrols is in response to the continued request for more bobbies on the beat and the requirement for us to prioritise resources and meet the changing demand on our resources.”

The changes apply to neighbourhood police teams serving Exmouth, its town centre, Brixington, Withycombe Raleigh, Littleham, also Budleigh Salterton, Lymsptone and Woodbury.

Devon and Cornwall Police said neighbourhood officers would work to ‘safeguard’ the most vulnerable members of society; including victims of crime, domestic abuse, children at risk of exploitation and people managing mental health issues.

The police spokeswoman said: “Safeguarding measures could involve referral to, or working with, other agencies - crime prevention measures as well as identifying those who are perpetrating crime against others and working to bring them to justice.”

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