Devon and Cornwall face huge increase in 999 calls
Posted on 13/08/2020
With the hot weather and lots of Britons going to the seaside, the South-West of England has been at full capacity with holidaymakers, creating an unprecedented demand for the police, who has seen a huge increase in calls for emergency services.
Indeed, there have been 2,301 emergency calls over two days, and a 67% increase regarding anti-social behaviour. Incidents include disposable barbecues and rubbish being left behind, drink-related incidents and people being "a nuisance".
In August alone, there were 9,622 calls, meaning about 962 per day, which is a lot higher than usual. According to the police, Devon and Cornwall
are at "full capacity" and visitors should really plan ahead before travelling.
Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell commented: "We want to welcome tourists safely back into our communities and support a restart to our essential tourism economy. But that needs to be done respectfully by everyone and the levels of ASB recorded over the weekend are unacceptably high.
"We understand people want to enjoy what our region has to offer, but please do this safely and within the law, otherwise police will take proactive enforcement action to protect others. August so far has also seen public order crimes up by almost 25 per cent on this time last year.
"Again, we want people to be able to enjoy the good weather and reopened hospitality sector, but that has to be done responsibly - everyone must accept that personal responsibility and play their part."
He added: "Book your accommodation before you travel, drive safely on our roads, respect our coasts and drink responsibly. If you are visiting the many outstanding areas of natural beauty we have, take your rubbish away and play your part in making Devon and Cornwall a safe place for our residents and tourists alike."