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Latest police plan to tackle binge-drinking: Give women flip-flops to help them walk home safely
Police are handing out the footwear to help drunken ladettes get home uninjured after spotting a number of women staggering home in unsuitable shoes.
Torbay police have already launched other safety awareness schemes, including ordering men who urinate in the street to mop up their own mess, and hope the felip slops scheme will be just as succcessful.
Inspector Adrian Leisk said the 'flip-slops' with the 'Know Your Code' alcohol message printed will be handed out to clubbers. The flip slops will be available from a safe bus which has operated in the resort town for several years, offering help and sanctuary to youngsters in trouble.
'Sometimes people get drunk and you see them carrying footwear which is inappropriate,' he said. 'The emphasis is on providing replacement footwear for people to get home in, should they find their high heels uncomfortable, inappropriate or soiled.' The footwear will be paid for by £30,000 worth of funding secured from the Home Office by Safer Communities Torbay.
Police chief, Supt Chris Singer said: 'Linking in with our pastors this funding represents a significant opportunity to make a real difference in relation to alcohol-related harm and disorder'. And the flip-slop move has already been given the thumbs up by Torbay's clubbers. Danielle Bolton, 19, from Torquay, said'I think it's a great idea and I would wear them 100 per cent. My heels hurt me at the end of the night, so I tend to take them off. Fellow clubber Leanne Thomas, 21, said: 'I go out clubbing at the harbourside most weekends and I usually walk home bare footed because my heels hurt. I think it's a great idea'.