New Engagement Bike tours County to spread WYLIWYG campaign message!

April 27th, 2014 by
The new R1 bike will be used this summer to engage with local riders

The new R1 bike will be used this summer to engage with local riders

The new Road Safety R1 Engagement Bike will be visiting biker meets and events from Easter through to the end of September to promote this year’s motorcyclist safety campaign. The campaign focuses on the Where You Look Is Where You Go mantra with the campaign also comprising of awareness raising advertising at petrol stations, biker frequented cafes and through other relevant media.  Biker advocates will be on hand at biker evenings to discuss the issues facing motorcyclists in Cornwall and offer advice on getting the most out of riding whilst reducing the risks e.g. focusing on cornering correctly and the need to allow enough time to react.

Local casualty data has highlighted that riders, of larger bikes, are at risk of being fatally injured when negotiating bends, often due to speed and their line around the corner, the campaign aims to increase riders’ awareness of these issues and encourage them to take responsibility for their own safety.


The underlying aim of the campaign is to promote further training (eg. Bikesafe assessments, Max Rider Enhanced Rider Scheme, IAM etc.) as well as confronting the misconceptions held by some motorcyclists about drivers being at fault in most fatal motorcyclist collisions, when in reality it is largely riders who are the blameworthy road user in fatal collisions and speed is a significant factor in these collisions.

The campaign messages will be communicated at bike meets throughout the season and a full evaluation will be carried out as in previous years to ensure the understanding and effectiveness of the campaign is measured.

 For info. Bikesafe dates 2014.

17th May

18th May

4th & 5th October (trial of two day Bikesafe)

Location for all Bikesafe courses is New County Hall, Truro


Crime and policing news update: April 2014

April 25th, 2014 by

Firesetter intervention programme

April 24th, 2014 by

Firesetter Intervention Programme

This programme aims to help children, young people and their families to understand and control the feelings and circumstances that lead them to set fires.Cornwall F&R Service have a dedicated team of  Firesetter Intervention Advisors who undergo regular training and receive up to date information and advice on how best to work and understand the issues involved with each individual case.

 Why do children set fires?

Children might set fires for a number of reasons, during pre-school years, fires are just another part of the world they’re exploring.  Unfortunately these fires tend to be the most dangerous as children in this young age group don’t know how to respond to a fire or aren’t familiar with escape routes, the speed and ferocity of the smoke and fire.

 Children may also set fires for a number of reasons, they could do it through anger, looking for attention, struggling with stressful problems at home, in school or with friends.  It can also be a cry for help, neglect or even be signs of them suffering from abuse.  And even if some children realise how dangerous fires can be they may have extensive problems that may involve difficulty with impulsive control.


What can we do?

Without help and guidance, firesetting behaviour can become increasingly serious and lead to injury, damage to property and sometimes tragically death. All of our advisors are trained and know what to look for when working with these children, they have a number of skills and methods in order to gain an understanding of why the firesetting is taking place.  During our visits we establish a trusting relationship with both the child and their families and provide a professional service, often carrying out home fire safety checks and offering any advice we feel is necessary to the families safety.  We also have the knowledge to be able to contact other agencies and services who we feel may be of help or assistance.

 What can you do?

Many of us both in our working and non-working capacities may come across a situation where we feel this service may be of benefit.  Although this service has been available through the Fire Service for a number of years, not everyone knows of its existance or more importantly, knows what it does and that it could help a lot of children and their families.  As all of us are advocates of safeguarding, it really is important that if we come across a potential case by way attending a fire incident or participating at a community event then please let us know. 

 How to make a referral

If you think there is a problem or have been asked to provide advice regarding any firesetting issues, please get in touch with us and we can help you.  It’s easy, free and confidential.

 Please contact: / Tel: 01726 72582.

 Or to find out any more information, please contact either Mark Smith or Rachel Hoare at Bodmin Community Fire Station, the Prevention Department.


Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT) and Housing

April 23rd, 2014 by

Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) and Housing

This year, Marion Barton from the DAAT has been working to improve the role housing can play in recovery from alcohol and drug problems. Housing providers can sometimes lack confidence in how they can best support recovery.  The DAAT has ensured more support has been available through the provision of appropriate training.


Marion has ensured that all staff in stage 1 housing provision (providing services for those with most complex substance misuse needs) received training on basic drug awareness and Section 8 of the Misuse of Drugs Act (Legal obligations of housing providers).  In addition, all staff attended half-day session on Novel Psychoactive Substances.  Positive feedback has been received for all these training sessions.  They are now being rolled out to other housing providers.

Drug Policies

Following on from this training Marion has facilitated stage 1 housing providers meeting to discuss a more standardised approach to their drug policies so clients in different parts of the county receive a consistent service.

County Protocol – Management of Drugs on the Premises

It is recognised across the county that the intention to work with drug users may create tensions between housing providers, the wider community, the Police and other stakeholders.  Marion is currently working on the development of a joint Protocol document that is intended to minimise these tensions and ensure safe and legal provision for all parties concerned.


Some drug related deaths in Cornwall have been within supported housing settings. Naloxone, the drug that can reverse overdose from heroin, was introduced into one supported housing setting in December 2009.  Other providers are now considering adopting this lifesaving intervention.

Needs Assessment & Housing Assessment

Finally, in order to ensure that we understand the housing needs of drug and alcohol users in Cornwall, we carry out annual needs assessments on their housing needs.  This year, in order to improve the information gathered we are trialling a new housing assessment form with our treatment teams.  This will help us to better understand the needs of the treatment population as well as give our colleagues providing treatment additional guidance on housing services in Cornwall that can support their service users.


Safer Camborne Community Litter Pick April 2014

April 23rd, 2014 by

Paul White, Cornwall Councillor for Camborne Roskear organised a litter pick in Camborne on Sunday 06 April.  24 bags of rubbish in total were collected by 14 community volunteers including 4 Cornwall Councillors, from areas including Reskaddinick Road, Rosewarne car park, Wheal Seton Bridge and the areas around Argos.  “As a committed member of the Safer Camborne initiative with special responsibility for environmental improvements, I welcome any ideas from the community to help improve where we live. One great initiative in the pipeline is an anti-fly tipping poster campaign which will feature a fantastic design by 6 year old Luke Roberts who won a competition run in Rosemellin School.”



Cornwall Licensing Forum

April 23rd, 2014 by

The Cornwall Licensing Forum met in March and agreed updated terms of reference – it was extemely well attended by both trade and non-trade alike, so much so that a larger room has been booked for the next meeeting in June.


Community Safety Presentation at Camborne Science and International Academy

April 23rd, 2014 by

On Thursday 24th April, Community Safety Officers and local police presented to a group of students and took part in  a question and answer session based on crime and perceptions of crime in their area.  It was also a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the priorities of Safer Cornwall and what we are doing collectively to tackle them locally.


Safer Liskeard consult with the public

April 22nd, 2014 by

Some of the Safer Liskeard team were out and about in the town centre last Wednesday (16th April). Business owners and employees were asked by the Police, the Fire Service, Community Safety Staff and Councillors what issues they thought needed dealing with in the town centre. The general response was really positive, and that Liskeard had much improved over the last couple of years. Most people were happy with the way things were and had no problems. Some people, however, did report a variety of issues, including some that were reported to the Police and other enforcement agencies. One observation by a few people, was the inconsiderate parking by some people. In particular, this is  parking without consideration for disabled people who use mobility scooters. Just pulling up on the kerb for a short stop may seem harmless enough, but some people do not remember that a mobility scooter cannot squeeze through small gaps  and this leaves them no option but to go onto the road to pass the car – obviously a potentially dangerous option – or to wait for the driver to return. The Safer Liskeard group asks people have more consideration for people with disabilities when parking their cars. The Group will carry out another visit in a couple of months time.


ASB Team Monthly Update – March/April

April 11th, 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 through March into April 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.

Premises Closure

The Anti Social Behaviour Team working closely with Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Housing, applied for a closure order on a property in Truro. The premise was associated with serious and persistent nuisance and disorder with calls to the police being received at all times of the day and night. Residents suffered months of fights, loud arguments and rowdy behaviour from the tenant and visitors to the property which led them to fear for their safety and that of their properties. Truro Magistrates Court granted a 3 month closure order on 18 March 2014.


Operation Calf – Hayle

The Anti Social Behaviour Team was involved in a major Operation run by Devon and Cornwall Police which included assistance from Devon & Cornwall Housing and Guinness Hermitage Trust. More than 50 officers executed eight search warrants at properties across Hayle in Operation Calf. The Op was put in place following a rise in crime and drug activity in the area and included long term undercover operations.


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


Safer St Austell team visit Bugle

April 11th, 2014 by

Members of the Safer St Austell group including Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and variour Cornwall Council departments, visited Bugle yesterday (10th April). Members of the Community were asked if they had any problems, or matters that needing addressing by the various agencies represented. A number of issues were raised, including a broken smoke detector in one property, housing support arrangements discussed for some people who needed help, and reports of potential criminal activity reported to the Police. These events are really helpful for communities, as issues can be directly reported and dealt with, and they also help to keep the Safer St Austell group informed of the real issues that affect peoples lives. More walkabouts in other Communities are planned for the rest of the year.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: