The work of One Ilfracombe’s Town Team has featured prominently in a BBC TV show this week. Producers of the show contacted One Ilfracombe after hearing about the unique approach the Town Team are taking to improve the town centre environment.
Filming for the show, Street Patrol UK, took place in, what presenter Dominic Littlewood called “Ilfracombe, a pretty harbour town” over five days. It saw crews shadow the team as it responded to incidents in the area ranging from fly-tipping to verbal abuse.
The first show was aired on Tuesday 2nd September and can be viewed by clicking on: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04gv1wc/street-patrol-uk-series-2-episode-2
Coverage of One Ilfracombe’s Town Team starts at two minutes, and 35 minutes.
Police Inspector Roger Bartlett, added: “I think it is brilliant that the stunning beauty of Ilfracombe together with the commitment and team spirit of those working in the town have been highlighted so positively and seen by so many people. The pioneering and positive work of the team is certainly being noticed on a wider scale with significant interest from Senior officers locally and from other force areas.”
Steve Seatherton, Town Team Project Manager, said: “Each time an issue was reported to the Ilfracombe Centre the TV crew would go out with whichever operative was responding to see how it worked from there.
Because the Town Team is working together, along with a better communication process, issues are being dealt quickly and the crew was able to follow the team from start to finish.”
The team will be featured again on the show in the next couple of weeks. We will let you know the exact date when the decision is made by the production team.