Crime tsar splashes £6,000 on Exmouth seafront CCTV camera to help tackle bad behaviour

Devon and Cornwall’s police and crime commissioner has forked out £6,000 for a new CCTV camera on Exmouth seafront to help tackle antisocial behaviour.

‘Beach marshal’ patrols were also organised after Alison Hernandez selected the town as the first tourist hot-spot to benefit from a £500,000 pot of summer safety cash.

It was chosen after booze-fuelled mass brawls on the sands near Orcombe Point made national headlines in June.

The new CCTV camera – situated above Exmouth Lifeboat Station on Queen’s Drive – has been hailed as one of the ‘longer-term legacy benefits’ of the funding.

Ms Hernandez said ‘a series of measures’ were quickly put in place and ‘helped ease the immediate problems’.

These included beach marshals patrolling the seafront, Marine Drive and Orcombe Point until September.

“The CCTV system will provide coverage to reduce ASB [antisocial behaviour]on the beach, the footway, Marine Drive and Foxholes car park and will help the police to build evidence against those acting antisocially along the beach,” said Chief Inspector Mark Moore, chairman of the Community Safety Partnership.

“The camera will also be monitored by the National Coast Watch team on the seafront which will help to make the beach safe for anyone who gets into trouble in that area.”

Ms Hernandez added: “I am delighted that what was a short-term response to an emerging issue will have a lasting legacy in one of our most visited locations.

“We are all trying to return to some normality in our lives and a big part of that is people feeling safe to enjoy our beautiful open spaces.

“To do this we need shops, bars, restaurants and cafes to be open and thriving so that we can provide visitors with a warm west country welcome and residents with a safe place to enjoy their lives.”

East Devon News revealed earlier this month how Exmouth’s current CCTV system is under review and options include forming a police-backed hub that would monitor several towns in the district.

A different CCTV camera – with number plate recognition – is being trialled by the town council on the seafront opposite Alexandra Terrace.

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