Late night revelers in a Devon resort are being offered flip-flops to help them get home. Police in Torquay say it makes it easier for women, rather than struggling along in high heels. The flip-flops, which will be given out from December, will have messages about safe alcohol limits printed on them. The footwear will be paid for by £30,000 of funding secured from the Home Office by Safer Communities Torbay, an alliance of local authority, police and health services.
The scheme is the latest late-night policing idea in Torbay where "mop cops" order people who urinate in the street to clean up after themselves. Matthew Elliott of the Taxpayers' Alliance said: "This is an idiotic waste of money. People don't pay taxes for drunk women to get free flip-flops, they want police to fight crime. "Police aren't there to be an emergency supply of flat shoes."