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Torquay assessed for Purple Flag award

  • 22 August 2011
  • From the section England
Torquay at night
The police said "significant effort" had gone into ensuring Torquay was safe for night time visitors

Torquay in Devon is hoping to get a national award recognising it as a safe and enjoyable place for a night out.

The resort was assessed for a Purple Flag award - similar to the Blue Flag scheme for beaches - over the weekend.

The scheme assesses an area's crime rates, hygiene standards and range of visitor attractions.

A number of cities already have Purple Flag status, including Bournemouth, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham.

The Purple Flag scheme is run by the Association for Town Centre Management (ATCM) and is backed by the Home Office and Association of Chief Police Officers.

Andrew Barnes, a Purple Flag assessor who was out in Torquay, told BBC News: "A Purple Flag is recognising town centres for the hard work they do in encouraging people to come to a town centre at night.

"I'm impressed with everything that Torquay has to offer."

Inspector Adrian Leisk, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "There were a number of violent cases linked to the night time economy.

"But a significant amount of effort has gone into ensuring that people who use, visit and work in our night time economies are kept safe.

"We work closely with Torbay Council, the fire service and street pastors to make sure the customer experience is a pleasant one."

Torquay will not find out until October whether its bid for Purple Flag status has been successful.

An award ceremony for all this year's successful towns will be held on 23 November, the ATCM said.

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