Pub landlord calls for greater police presence in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 07:29 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

A SEATON pub licensee has slated police for failing to attend three out of four incidents.

A SEATON pub licensee has slated police for failing to attend three out of four incidents.Eric Boot, from the Famous Old George, in The Square, said on the one occasion the police did turn up, it took them 45 minutes - but did result in the offenders being prosecuted.He also criticised the force for holding patrols in the run-up to Christmas but failing to be around on much-needed days.He said he did not see police officers around on New Year's eve, one of the busiest nights of the year."We have had four incidents here and only one was responded to," said Mr Boot. "It took them 45 minutes to get here, and the police came from Honiton. The offenders involved went to court, so it proves we could do with the help."While he praised PCSO Chris Bolsover for making himself known in the town, he said he would like to see other officers more regularly.Mr Boot said: "Police patrolled from December 18 to 21, but on New Year's Eve there wasn't anybody. "It's a shame. Maybe it's a question of money, but somebody should take responsibility. I shouldn't be responsible for splitting up fights outside that have nothing to do with this pub. I put myself and my business at risk."I would like to see them more often. There's nothing wrong with a free coffee."He added underage drinking was a big problem in Seaton, and the police did little to help. A police spokesperson said: "Officers patrol Devon and Cornwall 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. "Calls that are made to the police have to be prioritised with serious and urgent matters always taking precedence."If a resident of Seaton has a complaint then they could contact the supervisory officers at their local police station or the professional standards department."The spokesperson added that it was not uncommon for police to attend from neighbouring areas if police in Seaton were busy.

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