The mayor of Bideford has called on police to continue trying to tackle street drinking problem in town.

The mayor of Bideford has called upon police to help tackle the town’s street drinking problem.

During Bideford Town Council’s full meeting on Thursday, Councillor David Howell praised police for the new initiatives they had been carrying out in the town.

“It is great to see, but we need to tackle some of the basics, like the street drinkers,” Cllr Howell said.

“You cannot get off the coach and walk along the river without seeing the street drinkers.

“It’s an ongoing problem and is a terrible, terrible thing it’s doing to our amazing town. We should be able to do something about it.”

PCSO Steve Huxtable, who was at the meeting with Sergeant Sally Ferris, said the police’s ‘hands were tied’.

He said: “In Barnstaple the words on signage is ‘no drinking’ but this is different to the wording in Torridge.

“The wording needs to be changed so we can act quickly.”

Sgt Ferris asked councillors to report any issues to the police on 101 or through the One Bideford intiative.

She said: “If we can, we will move them on.”

Councillor Mervyn Langmead suggested the town council contact Torridge and ask to amend the wording on the signs.

He added: “It’s not an ideal situation but the police do what they can about it.”