Are you a parent?

January 30th, 2015 by

If so you may wish to take a look at this short video – 

 

‘Trigger warning; if you are affected by this film please access one of the local services here at the REACH Hub

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New single number for alcohol advice and support in Cornwall

January 30th, 2015 by

If you need any advice, support or treatment for alcohol or drugs issues,

or even if you want advice relating to someone else’s problems,

there is now a single phone number, day or night. 0333 2000 325.

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Safer Cornwall drugs alert

January 30th, 2015 by

Large quantities of ‘Superman’ pills are being sold as ecstacy in this country, and many contain PMMA, this has been linked to a number of recent hospitalisations and deaths in the UK.

Following an alert received from Spain on 26th January, Public  Health England has issued an alert as a warning about the possible continued availability of pills sold as ecstasy but containing large quantities of PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine), a more potent chemical linked to a number of recent deaths and hospitalisations in this country.

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Superman-branded red pills have been found to contain large quantities of PMMA (paramethoxymethamphetamine) and have been linked to four deaths in Ipswich, Rendlesham and Telford over the Christmas and New Year period.

Having also previously been identified in the Netherlands and Sweden, pills similar in description and content have now been found in circulation in Spain. This highlights the need for users to remain vigilant both while in the UK and abroad. The most recent alert on 26th January reported that ecstasy tablets branded with the Superman logo have been sold in Madrid and have been found to contain high levels of PMMA.

There are also reports that red Superman-branded pills that contain only MDMA are in circulation, including some tested and reported by WEDINOS, but – without testing – users have no way to know what they are getting.

PMMA is a class A drug and has similar effects to MDMA (the chemical normally found in ecstasy) and therefore pills containing PMMA are often sold as ecstasy. PMMA takes longer to take effect but can kill at lower doses than MDMA. It can cause a rapid and fatal rise in body temperature, severely raised heart rate and blood pressure.

For people taking, or thinking of taking tablets, PHE has the following advice:

  • Taking any tablet when you don’t know what’s in it is a big risk
  • If you must take something, then here are things that can be done to help reduce risk
    • Take a small amount and wait for it to take effect (at least an hour)
    • Don’t top-up thinking there is no effect – it may just take a while to come on
    • Stay with friends for at least an hour after taking something
    • Take regular breaks from the dance floor to cool down
    • Sip no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour
    • If symptoms of possible toxicity begin to develop (such as severe overheating, nausea, hallucinations), seek medical help immediately
  • Anyone with a heart condition, blood pressure problems, epilepsy or asthma can have a dangerous reaction to stimulant drugs, so is best advised to avoid them.

To report any potentially useful additional intelligence concerning the use/risks of ecstasy-like tablets, and chemicals found on testing, please contact:

Kim Hager

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Drug and Alcohol Action Team

07890 564105

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Preventing Terrorism & Extremism

January 21st, 2015 by

Preventing Terrorism & Extremism 

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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

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Working group for Park Homes

January 16th, 2015 by

Department for Communities and Local Government  is making arrangements for the working group on park homes to hold its first meeting in February. The working group will be tasked with identifying evidence of poor practice in the sector and investigating how best to raise standards further and tackle abuse.

 

 

 

Please report any issue of anti-social behaviour you have here

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Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

January 16th, 2015 by

On 05 January 2015, a 5 year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was obtained at Truro Magistrates Court on a man from St Agnes who was found guilty of exposing himself in public. The order submitted by Natasha Mathews, Senior ASB Caseworker, is the first CBO to be obtained in Cornwall following the new ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 which commenced at the end of October 2014.

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ASBO

January 16th, 2015 by

On 30 December 2014 an indefinite Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) was issued on a Launceston man at Bodmin Magistrates Court. The order submitted by Tom Styles, ASB Caseworker, has banned the male from asking women in Launceston to hand over hosiery or underwear, and from offering reflexology or any other service which would involve touching women’s feet.

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Is your ride home safe?

January 16th, 2015 by

Devon & Cornwall Police are urging people not to use illegal taxi services after a night out.
Warnings follow a surge of people using social media sites to advertise unlawful taxi services to those seeking a cheap lift home.
“People are getting into non-licensed vehicles, potentially risking their safety” said David Parker.

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“They may as well climb into a strangers car, not knowing anything about the driver. They don’t know whether the driver can legally drive, with no idea whether they have been drinking and how much. And, in the event of an accident they will not be protected by insurance. Not only that, the person is making themselves extremely vulnerable.”
“Social media sites make the practice attractive to people who want to save a few pennies, but they are putting themselves at risk and in the long run, it could cost them a lot more” added David arker
Registered taxis go through stringent tests to ensure they are safe to carry people on board and their vehicles are regularly checked for safety.
Remember the three simple rules: pre-book, use only registered taxi companies and travel with a friend if you can.
The only way to know a taxi is safe is to book it directly with the taxi company via phone, online or in person. This guarantees that your trip will be carried out by a licensed, insured driver in a licensed, insured vehicle. It also means that a record is kept of your journey, the driver and the vehicle used, so in the event of any problems, the driver can be traced.

If you are at a pub or club and you don’t have the number of a taxi company, ask staff if they can recommend one. Try to travel home with a friend and where possible, ask for the drivers name and make a note of the vehicle registration.
Charging people for taxi services when not licensed to do so is illegal and local authorities are looking into any reports received.

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