Street Champions for Forches

The Street Champions scheme has been launched in Forches in Barnstaple, giving local residents the chance to take more action against anti-social behaviour.

Although agencies like Safer North Devon, the police and fire service are all involved, the scheme is run locally.

It is hoped each street will have its own champion, who will identify things that need to be fixed, or anything concerning people living there.

In turn, they'll get help from local agencies to make sure things do get fixed.

Alan Kyle from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue said: "It's to help the community reduce anti-social behaviour.  They can sign post if there's any issues in the street, for example if there's a faulty light.  We would be able to give them information as to who to report that to."

To hear more from Alan Kyle, click here.

It is hoped the scheme will be rolled out to a larger area at a later date.

Anyone interested in getting involved should call 08452 777 444 and ask for the local Police Neighbourhood Beat Manager.

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