Published: January 4, 2012
100 motorists fined in Burnham town centre parking crackdown

A crackdown on town centre crime in Burnham-On-Sea during December saw police issue more than 100 car parking tickets and arrest five shoplifters.

Extra foot patrols by PCSOs and police officers were introduced in a bid to reduce town centre crime.

"The extra patrols worked really well and there have been a lot of positive comments from the public about seeing officers walking on the beat," Sgt Ian Kennett told

"There has been a decrease in total reported crime of about 10% in December compared to the previous month and shoplifting decreased by 60%. At least five people have been arrested and charged with shoplifting."

He added: "The public told us that illegal parking in Burnham and Highbridge town centres was a concern and over 100 parking tickets were issued in December."

Last month, reported here that the extra patrols were being introduced as part of a high-visibility operation.


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