Torbay is looking to an extra £5 million from the influx of international students in the Bay area. Some 5,000 more are predicted to be arriving in the Bay area this summer taking the total to 20,000 plus.
Sgt Dave Pebworth, who is running this year’s police operation to look after the interests of the young visitors, told the Herald Express, the Bay was expecting a ‘bumper season’ for students.
He said: “Normally between 10,000 and 15,000 pass through during the summer months, but this year the figure will be around the 20,000 mark. The business generated each year is about £15m.
“This year it will be around £20m with most of the students coming from Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Sweden.”
According to the paper, Supt Chris Singer, police chief for the Bay, has written to those who were involved in crimes against students, last year, saying: “Should you come to the attention of my officers again this summer and find yourself in similar circumstances as last year you can expect to be dealt with robustly.”