Reduction in crime is welcomed
This year’s Dartmouth regatta saw a fall in crime as publicans called time on late night boozing, police have said.
More than 30 police officers, police community support officer and special constables were on duty both in Dartmouth and Kingswear over the three main regatta days.
And for the first time all the town’s licensees agreed to close by 11.30pm on the regatta Friday and Saturday nights – helping to cut out groups of potentially drunken troublemakers roaming the town trying to find a pub that was still open and missing the last ferries back to Kingswear.
Dartmouth-based Sgt Robert Tansley said: ‘That was one of the reasons we had such a low number of incidents.’
And Insp Andy Tomlinson said in a report to town councillors: ‘Although the crime numbers during regatta show a marked increase over any other week, they are not bad considering the number of people in the town.
‘This year certainly felt a lot better than last year and I am generally pleased with how it went from a crime and disorder perspective.’
The decision to close bars by 11.30pm on the main regatta nights was agreed following a series of meetings between licensees, the police and other groups in he wake of last year’s regatta which saw a number of worrying drink-fuelled violent incidents.