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Extra police patrols in Weymouth this summer

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Published at 2:04pm 22nd May 2019. (Updated at 7:36am 23rd May 2019)

'100 days of summer' will see more officers around the town centre from the end of May.

  • More foot patrols will tackle anti-social behaviour in the town.
  • There were fewer reports of ASB last year than in previous years.
  • Officers will be able to direct people away from town and confiscate alcohol if people are acting anti-socially.

They'll be taking on dedicated foot patrols at key locations and time for 100 days.

Police constables and police community support officers will be visible around the town on a daily basis and will be supported by special constables.

Dorset Council community safety patrol officers will also join them.

Weymouth Town Centre
Weymouth Town Centre

Weymouth and Portland Neighbourhood Policing Team Sergeant Sam Goom said:

"We are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors to Weymouth feel safe and are able to enjoy their time here.

"We have listened to concerns of the community regarding anti-social behaviour in the town and hope this approach will have an impact in tackling anti-social behaviour and violence.

"Reports of anti-social behaviour and violence in the town were down last year based on previous figures and we are keen to continue this positive trend.

"Weymouth remains a safe place but there is always room to make things better for residents and visitors."

Dispersal Powers

Officers and PCSOs will be able to make use of dispersal powers to direct people away from the town or surrender alcohol if they have been acting in an anti-social manner.

Melcombe Regis Development Officer, Police Constable Chris Meade, said:

"We regularly receive feedback from the community that they want our officers to be out and about on foot patrol rather than on patrol in vehicles.

"We will be continuing our work with partners, including the British Transport Police, Dorset Council, Weymouth Town Council, BID, RNLI, The Lantern Trust, Julian House and REACH, throughout the initiative.

"We're confident our '100 days of summer' initiative will have a significant impact on the town centre and surrounding areas."

Anyone who continues to come to notice will be considered for further action such as community protection notices and criminal behaviour orders.

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