Councillor and shop owner blasts late night behaviour in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 14:56 20 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:22 20 September 2013

Tony Woodman in his shop doorway in Seaton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mha 6715-38-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Tony Woodman in his shop doorway in Seaton. Photo by Terry Ife ref mha 6715-38-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Two sozzled youths urinated in Tony Woodman’s shop entrance five minutes apart from each other.

A Seaton councillor and shop owner has appealed for a ‘stronger police presence’ in Seaton following his decision to experience nightlife in two streets plagued by antisocial behaviour.

Tony Woodman, who owns Woody’s Gift Shop, had heard rumours about Marine Place and Marine Crescent in Seaton, which are associated with disruptive night scenes and incidents.

Mr Woodman decided to stay in his shop after closing hours and observe first-hand what goes on in the streets, which are near Seaton’s seafront.

After watching into the early hours of the morning, he said he couldn’t believe his eyes as he witnessed chaos unfold.

“A teenage girl, quite obviously drunk, walked into my shop entrance, pulled her jeans down and urinated,” he said.

“She was promptly followed by this young lad, who then did the same thing.

“Six girls squeezed into a car also screeched the wrong way down a one-way street, parked up and started blasting the horn. It was 2am in the morning by this point.”

Mr Woodman has been constantly called on to do something by other residents, who are suffering in the street and surrounding areas.

However, with the lack of police presence in Seaton, he has now expressed his fears with those concerned about the problem.

“It’s been suggested police stationed in Seaton have been covering Exmouth on Friday nights, a main night for clubbing and going out,” said Mr Woodman.

“I appreciate the UK police cuts, and that the force is spread thinly, but I don’t see why Exmouth should be given priority over Seaton. All I want is a fair deal for this town and its residents, which I don’t think is happening at the moment.”


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