Police appeal for witnesses after man thrown into lake and assaulted

January 29th, 2014 by


Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a man at Helston Boating Lake on Sunday 26 January. The man, in his 60s, was thrown into the lake in Coronation Park, Porthleven Road, sometime between 4.30pm and 5pm, and is believed to have been punched repeatedly. He needed hospital treatment for his injuries. A 45-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail until 28 February 2014. Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information that could assist, is asked to call Camborne CID on 101 quoting AH/14/98, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Release date: 28/01/2014 07:17


ASB Team Monthly Update – January 2014

January 27th, 2014 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 January 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 for and individual in Penzance has been granted for 3 years banning a male from being in a state of drunkenness and from being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any public area in Cornwall.

Read more: http://www.thisiscornwall.co.uk/Asbo-prevents-man-drunk-public/story-20478788-detail/story.html#ixzz2rch2KOqA

1 ASBO on an individiual banning him from specific areas in Truro, Camborne and Newquay including a multitude of commercial properties, restaurants and public houses. He is also banned from approaching people for the purposes of begging and also banned from using any language or behaviour that would cause distress, annoyance or nuisance in any public place. This order is has one of the largest geographic banning conditions obtained in Cornwall and lasts for 3 years.

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 9 Drink banning orders issued:

4 in Camborne
2 in Truro
1 in Bodmin
1 in Penzance
1 in Perranporth

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.



January 27th, 2014 by

The Community Fire Safety Advocates in Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service provide an educational package designed for the under 5’s offering key messages around fire safety and the role of a firefighter through play; whilst reinforcing positive messages about the Fire and rescue Service.

Elfs is an exciting and innovative new resource that targets the under 5s and is available for loan to all facilitators of education and care, to use as an educational resource free of charge and is available on loan from each of the 31 Community Fire Stations.  The resource itself is provided in a  box that looks like a fire engine and contains ‘learn through play’ educational material such as: books, toys and dressing up outfits. elfs introduces 7 new characters from ‘Blue Watch’ with information and stories linked to Kernoweth Town, where Blue Watch is based.

The aims are:

  • Increase the fire safety knowledge of 2 – 5 years age group.
  • Increase the number of EYFS organisations reached with Fire Safety education.
  • Increase numbers of children/ families and their educators reached with fire safety education.
  • Reduction in the number of children playing with matches and lighters.
  • Promote the installation and maintenance of smoke detectors in homes throughout Cornwall.
  • Provision of road safety messages to young audiences.

For more info see:

www.cornwall.gov.uk/elfs or www.facebook.com/elfsInCornwall


Parc Eglos pupils are Safe and Seen!

January 26th, 2014 by

240 Foundation and Key Stage One children at Parc Eglos School in Helston were reminded about the importance of being seen as a pedestrian during the wintery weather, when they were all presented with free high visibility vests, jointly funded by local Specsavers stores in Truro, Falmouth, Camborne, Redruth and Penzance.

The children were presented the vests by Mr Graham Dunn, Director of Specsavers in Truro, who organised the donation, during a ‘Be Safe, Be Seen’ assembly presented by a member of Cornwall Council’s Road Safety Team, who was invited to the school to talk to children about staying safe as a pedestrian during the winter months.

Louise Jones, Deputy Head at Parc Eglos commented “We always encourage our children and parents to walk to and from school. Apart from the obvious health and social benefits of a daily walk in the fresh air, children who have walked to school arrive more wide awake and ready to learn.”

With the beginning and end of the day being much darker at this time of year, children can often find themselves walking to and from school in poor light, so it is important they make themselves as visible as possible to increase their safety at the roadside.

Mr Graham Dunn, Director of Specsavers in Truro, commented “Specsavers are delighted to able to support in raising awareness of the need for good vision and increased visibility amongst all road users, particularly children travelling to school.”


Secure your home!

January 24th, 2014 by

A third of burglars enter through an open door or window – remember to close and lock your windows when you go out

Many burglars are opportunist thieves looking for homes or business premises that offer them the least risk of getting caught. They look for open doors and windows and a lack of security.

If they can see a valuable item to steal, it will give them an incentive to find a way in.

By following these simple steps you can deter a burglar from targeting your home.

  1. Doors Keep doors locked even when you are home or in the back garden. Take keys out of locks as a burglar would reach through a letterbox or cat flap.
  2. Alarm Install a burglar alarm. Make sure all household members know how to work the alarm and use it daily.
  3. Windows Close and lock them. Use lights on timer switches when you are away to make your home appear occupied.
  4. Paths Consider having a gravel path/driveway as it makes anyone approaching the house easier to hear.
  5. Shed Lock your shed and secure tools and ladders inside, ideally hidden from view.
  6. Fencing Put up high fences or plant prickly bushes that would be difficult to climb over.
  7. Gates Make sure gates cannot be climbed over and secure them with appropriate locks.
  8. Mail/Milk/Curtains When away ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your home, collect your mail, newspaper and milk so it does not pile up at your front door and draw your curtains.
  9. Driveway Park your car on the driveway or road in front of your house to show someone is home.  If away ask a neighbour to park there.
  10. Outside lighting Install lights outside to light pathways at night.

If your home looks empty to you it will look empty to a burglar.

Locks – Fit strong locks to external door and windows which should meet insurance requirements.

Keys – Don’t leave keys in window or door locks. Keep keys out of sight and in a safe place.

Mark your property – Marking your property with your postcode, house number or house name makes your property traceable and deters criminals. You can register your property free of charge at www.immobilise.com. For more information on this visit the Police Property Marking pages.

Many burglaries occur when properties are empty. Try to make your home appear occupied when you are away, even if it is for a short time. Don’t advertise that you are away by posting it on social media. Burglars use these networks too.

Fit a door chain or bar and a spy hole and use them when someone knocks at the door.

The average cost of a burglary to a homeowner in Devon and Cornwall is over £1,000. (October 2012)

Items that are hot property for burglars include:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Purses
  • Electrical equipment
  • Money
  • Mobile phones
  • Jewellery
  • TVs
  • Ipods
  • Credit cards
  • Car keys

Check with your local police to see if there is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area.


Drink driving results, Christmas 2013 Devon and Cornwall

January 24th, 2014 by

Figures have been released for Devon and Cornwall Police’s Christmas drink driving campaign 2013.


Police officers administered a total of 1,326 breath tests of which 167 were positive, refused or failed to provide. This represents 12.5% of the total.

Last year the figures were 252 positive, refused or failed to provide from a total of 2,134 or 11.8% of the total.

The total number of positive breath tests following a collision was lower this year at 21 or 5.8% of the total (361) compared to 12.3% (72 out of 585) last year.

Examples which stood out during the campaign:

In Devon, a 28-year-old woman was over four times the limit (148mg) at 4:30pm and a man who was again over four times the limit (145mg) at 11:00am.

In Cornwall, one woman aged 36 provided a reading over four times the legal limit (146mg) at 6:30pm and a 31 year-old man provided a reading at 2pm of 121mg (3½ times the limit).

In Plymouth, two readings of over 3½ times the legal limit (both 121mg) were provided, one by a 33 year-old woman and one by a 35 year-old man during the early evenings.

Inspector Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Inspector, said: “The number of breath tests undertaken is down on last year together with the number of positive tests following collisions.  The overall percentage of positive tests is slightly higher which is disappointing. The positive drink driving figure is still too high.

“Nationally and locally a lot of work is being done to educate people about the risks and dangers regarding drink driving and the messages are out there for all to see.

“Despite this and the threat of punitive measures such as losing one’s licence, job, liberty or worse, it is disappointing that, when we carry out a sustained period of analysis such as this, that it reveals such a reckless approach from some people regarding their safety and the safety of their fellow road users.

“As always, catching drink drivers is a year-round priority for us and we will continue to crack down on drink and drug driving to actively contribute to making our roads safer.

“Some of the detection results we had are staggering.  I find it utterly incredible that some individuals will drive after drinking so much as to be three or four times the drink drive limit.  They show scant regard for the lives of other people on the road.  For some, clearly the messages are not getting through.  It may be that for these, only the sanction of the law in a court will make them realise.”


Alcohol Prospectus Fund

January 23rd, 2014 by

Safer Cornwall were successful in 2012 in securing some funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government for the reduction of alcohol related anti-social behaviour for adults and young people.  There is a limited amount of funding remaining for diversionary activities for young people in relation to this – if you have an idea for a project and would like to find out more please contact mail@safercornwall.co.uk


SMART Training for Redruth Pubwatch

January 23rd, 2014 by

Redruth Pubwatch has two training sessions for their local premises set for February.  Substance Misuse and Retail Training (SMART) is free to staff of pubs, clubs and off licences funded through the Alcohol Prospectus Fund.  If you would like further information on the training in Redruth, or would be interested in the training for other areas in Cornwall contact  mail@safercornwall.co.uk


Redruth Pubwatch Up and Running Again

January 23rd, 2014 by

Redruth Pubwatch was reinvigorated at the end of 2013 and held its second meeting in January.  All attending businesses are taking it in turns to host the meetings, and discussion was useful and lively with a great turnout.  The Pubwatch works closely with local police, Licensing and the Community Safety Team to assist in maintaining a safe and secure social environment for customers and staff and to help prevent and reduce crime in the area.


Counter Terrorism Awareness

January 21st, 2014 by


Preventing Terrorism & Extremism

What is Prevent?
Prevent is part of the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy that aims to stop people becoming terrorists.
It is a multi-agency approach to safeguard people at risk of radicalisation.

How does Prevent work?
It looks at building a deeper understanding of how individuals become radicalised. This helps to identify ways of preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting violent extremism. Typically, a radicalisation process includes exposure of an individual to extremist viewpoints that may eventually influence the person to carry out an act of violent extremism or terrorism. This could take weeks, months or even years. It is possible to intervene during this process and stop someone becoming a terrorist or supporting violent extremist activity.
Violent extremism is where people seek to justify or promote terrorism or encourage others to commit such acts.

What is Channel?
Channel is a process developed to support people at risk of being drawn towards terrorism or violent extremism. Partners work together to support individuals vulnerable to radicalisation and provide tailored safeguarding measures to support their needs. Channel Partners include Local Authority, Healthcare providers, Probation, Police and members of the community.
A range of options are available including mentoring, welfare support and access to key services. This process can support the people in your community if it is needed. You may have concerns that an individual is susceptible to radicalisation or recruitment by terrorists or violent extremists. The earlier the Channel intervention the more likely it is to be effective; so make the referral at the earliest opportunity.

So what does this mean for you?
Extremism in itself is not illegal but we still encourage you to be aware of potential signs of it because it can act as a ‘pathway’ to terrorism. Prevent does not aim to criminalise people for holding extreme views; instead, it seeks to stop individuals from encouraging or even committing violent activity. We all have a role to play in Prevent within our organisations and communities by helping people understand what the strategy aims to achieve.

What are we doing?

The best way of preventing terrorism is to stop people becoming terrorists in the first place. Terrorists, extremists groups and their networks promote violent extremism by a variety of methods. Their continued existence relies on recruiting others to their cause. We are working to stop this by providing support for members of our community who may be being exploited or recruited into violent extremism. We work with local authorities, other statutory partners and community groups to put in place support measures for those individuals who may be pulled towards violent extremism.

What can you do?

There is no ‘typical’ profile of what kind of person is at risk of being drawn into violent extremism. We do know that family, friends and other professionals are the first people to notice early warning signs that an individual is becoming involved in violent extremism.
Let us know of individuals you feel are susceptible to being drawn into violent extremist activity so that early, appropriate and effective support can be arranged. Likewise, tell us about individuals who are promoting violent extremism.

You can contact us in the following ways
•Call 999, if there is an immediate threat to life
•Call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321, if there is an immediate threat to life or to pass on information. This is a confidential hotline and is staffed around the clock by specialist counter-terrorism police officers and staff.
•Report non-urgent crime to us on 101
•Visit your local police station
•Speak to your local police officer or police community support officer
•Call Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111
Crimestoppers is an independent charity working to stop all crime. Your call is completely anonymous

For further information, informal discussion about any concerns you may have, or to find out more about Community Awareness Training regarding “Prevent” please contact
Steve Rowell Tel: 01736 336587 or email steve.rowell@cornwall,gov.uk

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: