POLICE are stepping up patrols in Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford in the busy run up to Christmas. The high visibility foot patrols will be mixing with late night shoppers and theatre-goers every Thursday, Friday and Saturdays night in the three towns

POLICE are stepping up patrols in Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford in the busy run up to Christmas.

The high visibility foot patrols will be mixing with late night shoppers and theatre-goers every Thursday, Friday and Saturdays night in the three towns.

Sgt Simon Butler, who is based at Ilfracombe and is organising the beat officers involved, said: "Combating anti social behaviour is a top priority for the police in North Devon.

"We know that our streets are safe and the public should be reassured by the uniform foot patrols who be on their beats during one of the busiest times of the year.

"By being highly visible we will be on hand to prevent disorder and deal with any minor incidents as they happen.