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Ilfracombe to feature on BBC One's Street Patrol UK today

By NDJPeter  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

Ilf Town Team: Members of One Ilfracombe's Town Team.

Members of One Ilfracombe's Town Team.

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A programme documenting how anti-social behaviour in Ilfracombe is being tackled is set to air on BBC One this morning.

Street Patrol UK will follow members of One Ilfracombe’s town team as they attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.

In July the Journal reported that filming for the show had taken place over five days and saw crews shadow the team as it responded to incidents ranging from fly-tipping to verbal abuse.

The town team was launched in March in a bid to make the town a cleaner, safer place by improving communication between those providing services.

This has largely been done through providing radios to more than 30 members of Ilfracombe’s police, fire service, street cleaners and parking enforcement officers – among others.

Steve Seatherton, One Ilfracombe project manager, said the show was a perfect opportunity to showcase the concept of One Ilfracombe to both residents in the town and a wider audience.

He said: “The crews wanted to basically understand how it works. So each time an issue was reported to the Ilfracombe Centre they would go out with whichever operative was responding to see how it worked from there.

“Because the town team is working together with a better communication process these things are being dealt with within a short amount of time.

“For most things they were able to follow the team from start to finish.

“We are trying to make sure the response times to anything are minutes or hours and not days or even weeks as it was before.”

Although the scheme currently only involves public service workers, Steve said he hoped the programme would encourage more people to find out more – opening up the possibility of expanding the project further in the future.

“What we wanted to get from it is we wanted more people to engage with the town team,” Steve said. “Our next phase is to get businesses and more volunteers involved.

“If people can understand and see what we are doing hopefully they will be more likely to get involved in it.”

The programme, which is fronted by consumer champion Dominic Littlewood, will also follow members of other pioneering projects, aiming to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Tune in to BBC One at 11am to catch the show.

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