Festive Drinking Advice

December 23rd, 2013 by

Over this Festive Season, are you going to have a drink?

Do you think you might drink more, and more often, than you do at other times of the year?

Pint Glass

Be honest!

For the majority, the answer is ‘Yes.’


So here are 10 pieces of sensible, non-killjoy advice to help you enjoy yourself and your alcohol safely. They can all be printed on one sheet of paper from here:

Festive Drinking Advice


1. Don’t divert too far from what your body is used to, in terms of amounts, types of drinks, or strange combinations of drinks in one session. Larger quantities of drinks you’re not used to will lead to reactions you’re not used to. This might seem funny sometimes, but it could lead you to do things you regret later.

 2. If/when you do overindulge, give your body a longer break than usual before drinking alcohol again. 48 hours shouldn’t be too difficult, and isn’t too long.

 3. Make alcohol a part of a social occasion, rather than the main focus. Try not to drink to just get drunk; try to end the night able to remember enjoying all the drinks you had.

4. Remember to eat as well as drink. This slows down and controls the impact of alcohol on your body.

 5. Drink water in between alcoholic drinks if you are at a lengthy event, which slows things down.

6. Stick together with friends you trust if you go out. Make sure you have clearly talked about this and agreed it with specific friends.

7. Make sure to plan your safe return journey before you go out. This may involve pre-booking a taxi, or agreeing whose turn it is to drive and stay alcohol free this time.

8. Take a limited amount of cash, so that you (or it!) can’t get carried away! This takes care of your cash at an expensive time of year, but also sets a limit on how much you’ve decided to drink.

9. Don’t try to reason with drunk strangers, it’s not worth the effort or risk. You could get yourself in trouble, especially if you don’t know them, or how they react when they’re drunk.

10. Have a great time forgetting the grind for a while, but don’t use alcohol as an escape from problems. It’s always better to talk to someone than to just get hammered.

If you need advice or support, call Addaction: 01872 263001

Festive Drinking Advice


Strike action briefing from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Des Tidbury

December 20th, 2013 by

The Fire Brigades’ Union has announced that its members will be taking strike action on

  • Tuesday 31 December from 18.30 to 00.30;
  • Friday 03 January from 06.30 to 08.30.

 In addition to the strike action, FBU members have also voted to support ‘action short of a strike’. In Cornwall this will be refusal by fire service personnel to undertake any voluntary overtime. It is unclear at this time what effect this will have but there is a possibility of localised disruption to services, particularly around staff availability. The FBU has agreed the following dates and time for action short of a strike:

  • Friday 27 December from 19:00 to 19.00 on Sunday 29 December (48 hours)

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union within Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service are once again expected to join the planned action. 

This series of dates for full strike action and for action short of a strike will again impact on how we deliver a fire and rescue service to the people of Cornwall. During the previous periods of strike action, the conduct of all of our staff, both those taking action and those working, was exemplary throughout and I expect that the same will apply this time.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service’s contingency plans were tested during the last periods of strike action and we are currently updating the details of those plans to ensure that once again we remain focused on:

  • Public and firefighter safety.
  • Providing the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.
  • Ensuring a quick return to normalisation.

 During this difficult period I would appreciate your support in taking every opportunity to reinforce the following key critical safety messages;

  • In the event of fire, you should get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home
  • Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re working. Test them regularly
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
  • Drinking alcohol? Plan how to get home safely without driving
  • Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
  • Do not overload electrical sockets. Watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment, and wiring/cables

Prevention advice and guidance has been prepared for businesses and residents on our website – www.cornwall.gov.uk/fire

This is a national dispute between members of the Fire Brigades Union and the Government over proposed changes to pensions and is not directed against Cornwall Council or Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.  While this action will inevitably have an impact on fire and rescue services, I want to reassure you that residents in Cornwall will not be left without emergency cover in life threatening situations.


December edition of the Crime and Policing News

December 20th, 2013 by

December edition of the Crime and Policing News Update.

Published 19 December 2013


ASB Team Monthly Update

December 17th, 2013 by

Welcome to the monthly update for the Cornwall Council ASB Team.  Below you will find some snippets of the work that the team has done in November to detect and prevent Anti Social Behaviour in Cornwall’s communities.

Cornwall Council’s ASB Team working closely with local police officers, have successfully obtained the following orders at West Cornwall Magistrates Court.


1 ASBO extension for a persistent hoax caller from Perranporth. The ASBO has been extended for a further 3 years. Calls to the emergency services made by the individual have dropped dramatically since the original order was made in 2011.


1 ASBO in Newquay made for 2 years banning a male from approaching members of the public for the purpose of begging and also banning him from Newquay city centre between 8am-7pm. The order was made following several calls to the police regarding his intimidating behaviour. The press coverage can be found by following this link – http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/BANNED/story-20302938-detail/story.html#axzz2njd9TPHN


1 ASBO on the back of criminal conviction lasting for 2 years has been granted on a violent and aggressive offender banning him from over 40 shops and pubs within Truro and banning him from entering Truro city centre whilst under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The press coverage can be found by following this link – http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Truro-man-banned-40-pubs-clubs-shops-Truro/story-19975789-detail/story.html#axzz2js8U1Ckz


ASBOs are Anti Social Behaviour Orders and consist of a series of prohibitions that the subjected individual must NOT do (e.g. Not to enter the town centre of Truro between the hours of 08:00 and 20:00). If the subject of the ASBO does not comply with the order then they can be arrested and a court can apply a sentence of up to 5 years in prison and up to a £5000 fine.


We have also had 16 Drink banning orders issued:

  • 5 in Penzance
  • 2 in Redruth
  • 2 in Camborne
  • 2 in Falmouth
  • 1 in Penryn
  • 1 in Truro
  • 1 in Newquay
  • 1 in Par
  • 1 in Bodmin


A Drink Banning Order or DBO, is a court order specifically aimed at individuals who commit acts of anti social behaviour while under the influence of alcohol. These can only carry prohibitions related to alcohol (e.g. not to be found in possession of an open container of alcohol in any public place within the town known as Redruth). If the subject of a DBO does not comply with the prohibitions on the order they can be subject of a fine up to £2500.


We urge people to report incidents of ASB through our online form on the Safercornwall website, or by calling 0300 1234 232.  Should you fear for your safety or the safety of others please call 999 straight away.


For further information on ASB and how to report it to the ASB Team please visit www.safercornwall.co.uk.


Pool – East Pool Park and Forth School Newsletter Dec 13

December 17th, 2013 by

Camborne – Pengegon Park an Tansys Gwelmor Grenville Gardens Newsletter Dec 13.pdf

December 17th, 2013 by

Partnership Plan

December 17th, 2013 by

On Tuesday 3rd December Sarah Necke attended the local Camborne Pool Illogan Redruth Network Panel meeting to present to elected members and the public on how they can comment on the draft Safer Cornwall Partnership Plan before the end of December 2013.


Safer Camborne and Redruth Walkabout

December 17th, 2013 by

On Monday 16th December 2013, officers from Cornwall Council’s Community Safety, Licensing and Fire and Rescue Teams along with police and Elected Members took to the town centres of Camborne and Redruth promoting the What Will Your Drink Cost Christmas Campaign and providing bulletins on safer levels of drinking and how to report anti-social behaviour.  Heart FM came along to Redruth and undertook interviews in the town to promote the campaign on their show on the run up to Christmas.


Safe N Sound at Penzance

December 17th, 2013 by

This event took place on Friday 6th December 2013 at Sound Night Club Penzance between 2230hrs and 0400hrs and is the first event of its type nationally for over 16’s.

 The Cornwall Community Safety Strategic Assessment and Alcohol Needs Assessment has identified the need to educate young people regarding sensible drinking and to understand the long term harm of over consumption and binge drinking.

Last January, a similar event organised by Safer Cornwall in Partnership with Sound Night Club held a Young Lifeskills event for under 16’s in which a number of professionals provided relevant information, guidance and support.

This was the first event of its type nationally and received recognition by Baroness Newlove as an excellent engagement project.

 Based on this model and the overwhelming success of the last event, a repetition for over 16’s and focussed primarily at College Students was held at Sound Night Club Penzance with professionals from Cornwall Council Community Safety Team, Anti Social Behaviour Team, Trading Standards, Road safety Team, Children & family Services Youth Team, Police,  Addaction and Health Promotions,  who were all on hand to offer information, advice & guidance.

 This event attracted  650+  over 16’s and provided  an excellent opportunity to engage with young people in an informal and relaxed setting.

 Over 600 young people were directly engaged with, and given advice on :-

Alcohol – as part of the “What Will Your Drink Cost Initiative” promoting

sensible drinking and the harmful effects of over indulging and binge drinking.

Drugs – Advice and guidance on all elements of drugs misuse, including legal highs, spiking, & STI’s .

Illegal Tobacco –  Advice on the effects and risks of using illegal tobacco products and how to spot counterfeit packages etc.

Sex & relationships – Advice on healthy relationships & STI’s.

Road Safety – Clear messages on the risks of drink driving, visibility as a road user, & getting home safely after a night out.

 During the course of the evening, 167 young people completed feedback forms for this event.

Whilst full analysis is yet to be completed, initial responses indicate:

 98% (164) of respondents thought that this was an excellent way of engaging with young people.

 100% (167) of respondents spoke to at least 1 professional during the night to seek advice, guidance or support.

24% of respondents spoke to all professionals during the course of the night.


Summary: There is a willingness of the licensing trade, particularly those who have Best Bar None Accreditation to work collaboratively with Safer Cornwall

In promoting messages of safety and reducing the long term harm caused by binge drinking and over consumption.

Many of the young people during the evening openly admitted pre-loading and exceeding the recommended daily levels of alcohol without knowing the true effects on their body and the subsequent harm it has/will cause.


This event was organised by Cornwall Council Community Safety Team , in partnership with Sound Night Club Penzance and was part funded by DCLG Alcohol Prospectus Funding.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: