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SEASIDE TOWNS BRING IN SCHEMES TO STOP STUDENT ATTACKS

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Police and local authorities in seaside resorts are drawing up plans to protect foreign visitors, reports the Indep...
Police and local authorities in seaside resorts are drawing up plans to protect foreign visitors, reports the Independent (p4).

South Coast towns, recognising that language students are a valuable earner for local economies, are implementing measures to counter 'student bashing' among groups of local youths.

In Southampton, a scheme called Student Watch which involves providing 'safe havens' for students under fear of attack, has reduced the number of incidents since its launch last year.

In Brighton, Operation Chaffinch involves encouraging students and host families to report all crimes, multi-lingual reporting forms are used, and CCTV helps in identifying attackers.

Plymouth and Hastings have also implemented schemes to help foreign students avoid trouble.
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