Devon

Barnstaple door staff patrols extended until March

Police officer and street marshal
Image caption Street marshals have radio communication with police

A scheme using nightclub door staff patrols to try to prevent disorder in a Devon town has been extended.

The street marshals monitor Queen Street in Barnstaple after club closing times at the weekend.

A pilot scheme, due to finish this month, would continue until the end of March, North Devon Council said.

The marshals have helped deal with about 70 incidents so far, ranging from minor arguments to helping people suffering from the effects of alcohol.

'Offering reassurance'

The project, which began last September, is being funded by the Safer North Devon initiative, the Fevers Boutique club and North Devon Council.

An estimated 800 people attend the club on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The marshals monitor takeaway and taxi queues between 03:00 and 04:00 in an attempt to stop any trouble from escalating once clubs have shut.

The street marshals liaise with door staff in licensed premises and have no arrest powers but do have radio communication with the police.

PC Paul Daw, neighbourhood beat manager from Devon and Cornwall Police, said the scheme had "well received so far".

He said: "It's not only for deflecting more serious incidents on the streets, but also offering reassurances to others who are out at that time of night."

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