ASB Team Monthly Update June – July

July 25th, 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 June and July 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.


Anti Social Behaviour Order and Drink Banning Order on Nuisance Caller in Penryn

The Anti Social Behaviour Team along with Devon and Cornwall Police and Crown Prosecution Service successfully gained a Drink Banning Order and an ASBO on the back of criminal conviction on a Female living in Penryn.  The female since moving to Penryn was responsible for not only causing a heavy strain on Emergency Services in the locality, but also causing nuisance, annoyance and distress to neighbours.

News Article Here


Drink Banning Orders Obtained in June and July

A total of 8 Drink Banning Orders were obtained in the last two months.


What Will Your Drink Cost

The Anti Social Behaviour Team is involved in a series of patrols and meet and greats with Devon and Cornwall to promote the What Will Your Drink Cost campaign.  The campaign is aimed at promoting the sensible use of alcohol and to raise awareness of young people and adults of the dangers in heavy consumption of alcohol.

The patrols are linking in with towns throughout Cornwall including Liskeard, St Austell and Newquay.  The Newquay operation will link in with the Devon and Cornwall Police and the British Transport Police operation Brunel that is a “meet and greet” operation for people coming down to Newquay on the High Speed Train service from London Paddington.

An article from November last year shows the effectiveness of the operation on lowering crime in Newquay can be found here.

ASB Officers will be accompanying Police Officers on patrols around the selected towns and a separate update will follow this newsletter on the findings and actions from the patrols.



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



CLEAR secure funding

July 23rd, 2014 by

The organisation CLEAR, are pleased to announce that they have just  secured 3 years of funding from Comic relief. This will help to enable the good work that they carry out to continue.

Comic Relief

CLEAR are also developing a film to support the existing Healthy Relationships program that is currently being delivered to schools in Cornwall.

CLEAR enables children and young people having experienced an abusive relationship to flourish within a therapeutic setting. CLEAR provides a range of therapeutic services for children and young people who have experienced or been linked to abusive relationships including sexual violence and abuse. In addition CLEAR are working in the field of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).




News from Saltash Community Fire Station

July 21st, 2014 by






News from Saltash Community Fire Station Crews from Saltash Community Fire station recently opened its doors to its community for its biannual community awareness day. The day focused on community safety where messages were displayed in relation to fire prevention, road safety, police and ambulance. Despite some very poor weather, the day attracted almost 2000 people raising over £800 for The Fire Fighters Charity. As always the visitors welcomed the fun loving nature of the crews. Pictured are Fire-fighters McHale and Parker dressed as Dames having just been rescued from the smoke-filled second floor of the tower.


News from St Austell Community Fire Station

July 21st, 2014 by

wwa-fire-logoNews from St. Austell Community Fire Station  St Austell community Fire Station held its annual open day this year on Saturday the 14th of June. The open day was used to support not just the Firefighters charity but also the local children’s hospice southwest, which provides care for family’s with terminally ill children. We were lucky to be blessed with lovely sunny weather for the Saturday of the open day, and this combined with leafleting of local schools and advertising in the press and on the radio ensured that we had a large number of visitors throughout the event. The open day was well supported by staff members from across the service and a contingent from Saltash Fire Cadets. Nelson the fire dog was his usual hit with the local children and combined with the efforts of blaze bear they were thoroughly entertained. Visitors viewing the ALP and water rescue vehicles were impressed by the services ability to perform roles they had no previous knowledge of, although the fire appliances were still the most attractive vehicles to lots of the littlest children. The visitors were also treated to a RTC demo from the St Austell on-call crew, which certainly showed off our abilities and served to remind people of our road safety messages. Alongside this there was also a BBQ, cake stall, tombola and face painting stand which all did a roaring trade and provided much of the funds for our charity donations. Once again the Firefighters charity shop also proved extremely popular and in 4 hours managed to raise £369.74 for our national charity. The charity raffle was well supported by local businesses and we were lucky to have many prizes including free passes to lots of local attractions such as the Eden project and Flambards. All in all the day went better then we could have hoped and we ended up raising £416.05 to be split between our chosen charity’s. We would like to give a big thank you to all those who helped make our event a success and hope to have an equally great day next year. Green Watch – St. Austell Community Fire Station


Safer Cornwall announces 2014 ‘What will your drink cost? campaign

July 17th, 2014 by

Safer Cornwall, the community safety partnership for Cornwall, is launching this summer’s multi-agency campaign to tackle head on the issues surrounding alcohol related violence and anti-social behaviour.

Called ‘What will your drink cost?’ the campaign aims to raise awareness of the true potential cost of drinking too much alcohol, at a series of events to be rolled out over the summer in priority areas including Redruth, Camborne, Bodmin, St Austell, Penzance, Liskeard, Falmouth and Newquay.  In Cornwall, alcohol is involved in over half of the domestic abuse incidents, making up nearly a third of all alcohol related abuse. Similarly, nearly a third of sexual offences are alcohol related.  48% of all violent crime is recorded as linked to alcohol.

The campaign will target educational and preventive messages to young people, parents, drivers and pedestrians around specific key messages,including the illegal or inappropriate supply of alcohol to young people by their parents or other adults. See our advice for a safe night out.

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David Parker, Community Safety Officer says “The campaign will again focus on young people and will once again be using Facebook, an initiative which was successfully trialled last year, to catch young people’s attention. We are also asking parents to consider the implications of supplying alcohol to their children. In the towns themselves, there will be local activities led by each of the Safer town groups, and later in the year, we will be working with the road safety team to highlight the risk of death or serious injury when people leave pubs and clubs under the influence of alcohol.  The frightening statistic here is that half of all pedestrians killed in road accidents over the last seven years had been drinking.”

The Cornwall Council Antisocial Behaviour team will also be working alongside Devon and Cornwall Police utilising new body cameras to gather evidence of antisocial behaviour in the key towns where night time economy violence is a problem.

Des Tidbury the chair of Safer Cornwall partnership says: “The Safer towns initiative is yielding some good results across Cornwall.  This campaign speaks directly to young people and asks them to seriously consider the consequences of drinking and how it can lead to alcohol related violence, including domestic violence, and anti-social behaviour”.

Lyn Gooding from Devon and Cornwall Police says: ‘Devon and Cornwall Police are fully committed to supporting the Safer Cornwall ‘What will your drink cost?’ campaign. It is important to raise the public’s awareness of the impact of excessive alcohol consumption, and it’s links to violent crime.

Tony Hogg the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner says:  “So much of the harm caused to our communities is alcohol-related and on a daily basis. The message is not ‘don’t drink’ but ‘understand the facts and if you choose to drink, do so safely and responsibly’.”

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If you think you, or someone you know, need help with reducing their alcohol consumption, some great advice is available on the Change4Life website, or by contacting your local Addaction offices, details of which are both available on this website.

The Safer Cornwall Partnership wants you to have an enjoyable summer in Cornwall, and this may include having a couple of drinks with friends.  But please drink sensibly within recommended limits, and never drink and drive.

Safer Cornwall also publicises a wealth of information on our alcohol pages.

Enjoy Cornwall! – drink sensibly.




Falmouth Sketch Club

July 16th, 2014 by

Falmouth Sketch Club 


 SketchClub1 - Copyright Clare BirdFollowing a request from a member of the public, White watch Falmouth arranged a morning session with Falmouth sketch club . This group of individuals meet on a regular basis in cafes and bars around Falmouth and Penryn.

The aim of the group is to give people with an interest in art the opportunity to learn different techniques and meet other like-minded people. With a varied age from students to retired members of the local community, I felt it would be an interesting group to reach and was keen to research any situations where artists who work from home could increase the risk of fire.

Falmouth Red watch were called to an incident recently where an artist had been storing large amounts of white spirit in his bedroom and this was recognised as a potential accelerant to what was a small fire. Last year Falmouth White watch were called to and artist’s studio on Pendennis Point following painting rags being left in a bin overnight. This presented the crew with signs of Backdraft following its slow development.

Also it was worth remembering that Barbara Hepworth died in a studio fire in St Ives which was attributed to a poorly discarded cigarette. I could not find any reports on the materials in the studio and the effect they had on the fire, however I can only surmise that these would have been a contributing factor in the fires development.

Following a call to Penzance station the crew confirmed they had also attended a fire in an artist’s studio at Reginnis Hill. With this evidence, a fire safety discussion with the group regarding accidental fires in the home and the storage of materials i.e. oil paints turps/white spirit and rags etc would be helpful in avoiding future incidents of this type.

The morning involved two features with Radio Cornwall who had sent some sketches down from the presenters for Eve Bonnet the organiser to look at. This gave the opportunity to discuss fires in the home and accidental dwelling fires.

Crews preformed a number of ladder drills for the group whilst they sketched “movement” then for the final section of their visit the crew ran a small RTC drill involving door removal.

Once sketching was completed the artists were given a brief lecture on fires in the home with the focus on the storage of their painting materials. Surprisingly there was little awareness amongst the group regarding the storage issues of Rags/oil paints etc and a number of home fire safety checks were booked.

Looking at the County’s link with the arts (St Ives, St Just, Falmouth school of arts, Penzance/Newlyn) and its high population of artists,  this risk is one for all artists to consider.


WM Addinall Falmouth White Watch


The Fast Fire Engine Project

July 16th, 2014 by


Fast Fire Engine Project 1Red Watch Falmouth

 In October 2013, Red Watch set out to help nine Falmouth school children build a Green Power Formula 24 electric car, that they could ultimately go on and race at the regional heats at St Mawgan airport.


Greenpower runs two national classes for schools and colleges; Formula 24 designed for 11-16 year old students and Formula Goblin for 9-11 year old primary school students.

Teams can purchase a basic kit from Green Power, or where facilities allow they can build a car from scratch, giving an opportunity for students to develop their design and engineering skills. Once built, teams are able to compete in regional Greenpower races that last for 90 minutes attempting to travel as far, not as fast as they can during the time allowed, and on one set of fully charged batteries.

The idea came about after helping Falmouth Police with their car the previous year. With this in mind if our project were to be considered a success, objectives like; must beat the Police would be a priority, along with must build the coolest car, along with the more important objectives around fire and road safety.

Funding was applied for and granted through the Service Community Chest fund and through Falmouth Councillor David Saunby and Hanna Toms. MillAuto kindly agreed to sponsor the project providing us with the necessary tools to build the a car that was ultimately going to resemble a fire engine, complete with a ladder and flashing blue light.

The build began in March when the parts and the chassis painted in fire engine red arrived from Greenpower. Once a week for two hours after school at the station the student assembled parts, built and designed the graphics for the car/fire engine. Throughout the weeks at the station the students learnt about fire, and driver safety.

Before the children could race in the ‘Fast Fire Engine’ at the regional heat they would need suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), so it was decided that to complete the look they should resemble firefighters, yellow crash helmets, and red overalls were sized, sourced and purchased.

Race day was on the 19 June and it was a particularly hot and windy day at St Mawgan airport. The car had to be there by 09:00 for very strict scrutinising; checking ride height and rollover height and that the drivers had suitable PPE. Drivers were decided upon as there had to be at least three driver changes taking place in the pits, per heat.

In all there were nineteen teams lined up on the grid for the first heat. Fast Fire Engine went on to finish well beating the Police in the process. Some modifications were made for the second heat and Fast Fire Engine again finished credibly. Once the racing had finished and the teams had packed up, it was time for the presentation. To our joint delight the students picked up two awards; one for best new team and one for the best presented team.

The students returned to Falmouth Community Fire station once more on 14 July to receive certificates, hoodies and to present their school with the trophies that they had won. Joining them were representatives from MillAuto and Councillor Dave Saunby.


WM Martin Mellor – Red Watch – Falmouth


Road Safety Week

July 16th, 2014 by

Chief Fire Officers Association Road Safety Week  


The Chief Fire Officer Association (CFOA) Road Safety Week was held on 9 – 15 June 2014. To promote the week, the Road Safety team produced a series of activity packs aimed at four road user groups including young drivers, teenage pedeRoad Safety1strians, child cyclists and motorcyclists focusing on specific issues affecting each road user group based on casualty analysis.

Young Drivers: Road Safety engaged with Falmouth School to deliver the young driver activity pack to young drivers at the sixth form centre in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving. Road Safety talked to students about the dangers of using their mobile phone including hands free while driving, as they are a huge distraction and divert their attention from the road.  Students were asked questions to understand if they or their friends use a mobile phone while driving and if they consider this to be dangerous.  Students were asked to explain why using a mobile while driving was dangerous and shown a poster ‘You’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving’.   Students were asked to agree to put a red dot sticker/nail varnish on their thumb nail of the hand they write/would text with to act as a reminder not to text while driving.  Students were then awarded a mobile phone sock with the message “Don’t let me distract U ;-)” on it and encouraged to always put their phone in it before driving. After the activity was delivered, students understood that driving while using a mobile phone increased their risk of being involved in a collision.  Students became aware of the Red Thumb message raising awareness of the importance of not texting while driving message and could access the Red Thumb campaign website to see the animation created in America.  Permission to use the campaign was gained by Devon County Council and shared across the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership.

Teenage pedestrians The young pedestrian pack raised awareness of the dangers of roadside distractions such as mobile phones or iPods etc.  Road Safety talked to the students at Falmouth School about the dangers of using their mobile phone or iPod at the roadside due to the risk of it distracting them and the dangers including not hearing vehicles and not concentrating when crossing the road because they’re distracted by their phone/iPod encouraging them to pay more attention at the roadside and stay safe.   Students were given a mobile phone sock and encouraged to remember to give the road their full attention.  Following the activity students understood that being distracted by their phone or iPod at the roadside can be dangerous and reminded of the campaign message by the mobile phone sock with “Don’t let me distract U ;-)” on it.  

Child cyclists A child cyclist activity pack was designed to be delivered to small groups of key stage two children (aged 7 – 11) in a bid to raise awareness of the importance of wearing a cycle helmet.  After the activity was delivered students understood that without a helmet they are risking severe head injury and so helmets must be worn every time cycling.  Students learnt how to check that their helmet is correctly fitted and that helmets must be replaced if damaged.

Motorcyclists An activity pack designed to be delivered to motorcyclists at motorcyclist meets or events, raised awareness of the dangers facing this road user group in Cornwall ensuring that motorcyclists are aware of the key campaign message which is Where You Look Is Where You Go (WYLIWYG) promoting their safety and providing details of further training if requested. Motorcyclists were handed a motorcycle campaign card and explained that if they want to talk to a professional motorcyclist about getting more out of their riding they can call the number on the back of the card for a no obligation chat. Motorcyclists are now aware of the key campaign message.  Motorcyclists are encouraged to consider their riding methods with regards to cornering and giving themselves time to react and given the opportunity to contact a professional rider to discuss their riding skills. Fire Crews throughout Cornwall assisted with the delivery of the activity packs to raise awareness of the dangers of the issues affecting the road user groups. Eg. Truro Station: both watches engaged in the Red Thumb campaign (one at Truro College the other at the LGBT Event on the Piazza) and one also delivered the Young Pedestrian safety message (at Truro College)  

Stacie Bennett Road Safety Technician


New Psycoactive Substances (NSS) – update 

July 15th, 2014 by


July 2014

Of all the new substances presenting to local drug services, this has produced the greatest challenges in recent months and the effects may be felt across other local services if the trend continues.


Full details available in this download.  Ethylphenidate.doc

See more substance advice here


Safer Cornwall Promotes Safer Giving- Advice for the Public

July 15th, 2014 by


Criminal convictions earlier this year have sadly shown how criminals can abuse the good name and reputation of both individual charities and the charity sector as a whole. These also highlight the risk that criminals and those who are intent on supporting terrorist activities will abuse charities and the trust the public holds them in.

Charities and the public need to be alert to any possible fraud; not just fraud for terrorist purposes.

An advice leaflet from The Charity Commission is available to download as a PDF. syria-safer-giving-english-leaflet

Advice for the public
Do not be put off giving to charities- they do really important work, helping those in the greatest need – but be vigilant and take the following steps to make sure you are safely giving to legitimate charity collectors:

Before giving, check the charity’s name and registration number. You can verify this at the Charity Commission’s website
Be more cautious about people collecting for general charitable causes, such as ‘it’s for local sick children’- make more enquiries about what exactly the money would be used for and by who. Many local authorities will not issue licences for street collections unless they are collecting on behalf of a registered charity as opposed to ‘appeals’, making it much less likely that such fundraising is licensed.

When approached by collectors, check whether they are wearing a proper ID badge and that any collection tin is sealed and that it is not damaged.
If in doubt, ask the collector for more information – a genuine fundraiser should be happy to answer questions and explain more about the work of the charity.

Genuine fundraising materials should feature the charity’s name, registered number and a landline contact number. Be wary of those that list only a mobile number. It is a legal requirement for registered charities with an income above £10,000 a year to state it is a registered charity when fundraising on a range of documents, including websites, advertisements and other documents such as receipts.

Look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation, encouraging you to give with confidence.
Check whether a collector has authority to collect. A permit or license is usually required if raising money in a public place. Collections in private places like train stations and supermarkets need the owner’s or manager’s permission. Collections in pubs need either a license or an exemption.

To check whether a fundraiser is authorised to collect money in a public place, contact Cornwall Council. If it is a private place, check with the owner.
Never feel under pressure by a fundraiser into making a donation immediately.

When dealing online with charities, exercise the same caution as with any other internet transaction, For example, to donate online visit the charity’s own website and always type the website address into the browser yourself.
Be wary of unsolicited emails from charities you have never heard of and do not click on links contained within them. Also, you should ignore requests to donate through a money transfer company as this is a popular scam.

Carefully review collection bags for clothing and household goods to find out whether they are from a genuine charity.
After making these checks, if you think that a collection or appeal is not legitimate, report it to the police; and if you think the collection is fraudulent report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or through their website at

if you think a collector does not have a licence – report it to Cornwall Council Licensing Team or the Police. Also let the charity and Action Fraud know if you can
If in any doubt, contact your favourite charity directly to find out how to make a donation.

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: