South West is FULL as staycation tourists put Westcountry at ‘full capacity’ leaving police overwhelmed
SOUTH West England is "full to capacity", cops say, as staycation crowds have led to a surge of police calls.
There has been "unprecedented demand" for emergency services in Devon and Cornwall during this week's scorching heatwave.
Cops received 2,301 emergency calls last weekend - a 25.6 per cent jump compared to the same time last year.
Many of the calls were related to anti-social behaviour, with a 67 per cent increase in cases compared to 2019.
Of the calls relating to anti-social behaviour, 102 were "drink-related" and 191 were related to people being a "nuisance".
Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell from Devon and Cornwall Police said cops had been forced to attend a "plethora of different incidents".
He said tourists to the area should "think" before they travel.
"Book your accommodation before you travel, drive safely on our roads, respect our coasts and drink responsibly," he said.
"If you are visiting the many outstanding areas of natural beauty we have, take your rubbish away and play your part in making Devon and Cornwall a safe place for our residents and tourists alike."
Devon and Cornwall Police had received 9,622 calls this month so far, making for 962 per day.
This is up from the average of 718.
ACC Colwell said the numbers were "unacceptably high".
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