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Police carry out operation to protect women at night

A localised week of action has taken place in Exeter City Centre as part of Devon and Cornwall Police’s commitment to tackle violence against women and girls.

In a drive to safeguard young people, both plainclothes and uniformed officers have been out in the City’s nightspots this week. Over three nights, officers have carried out seven arrests and made numerous vehicle stops.

The activity is part of a national scheme, called Operation Vigilant, which is a strategy used in a bid to reduce sexual violence and predatory behaviour.

Exeter Sector Inspector Simon Arliss said: “The purpose of the action is also to reassure and safeguard the public, particularly the night-time economy community and provide reassurance that my officers are on patrol and are approachable if needed.

“High visibility patrols have been increased around areas where we have received reports or concerns about women being approached in suspicious circumstances or have been left feeling unsafe.

“We want to make Exeter a place where people can live their lives free from fear of violence and intimidation. This may seem like an idealistic aspiration; however, it is one that we continue to strive for.”

Police have been working with several partner agencies and have been out with Exeter City Council Licensing Officers assisting with talking to taxi drivers and entering clubs and bars, carrying out checks on licensing compliance.

For the full article please see the Devon & Cornwall police website.

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