Crime and policing news update: June 2105

June 29th, 2015 by

Crime and Policing news update: June 2015

The Serious Crime Act is now in force
New measures to tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
New legislation strengthens Gang Injunctions
Plans to amend police powers under the Mental Health Act
NCA Strategic Threat Assessment
HMIC launches survey to find out how police are working with partners
Review of police targets
National Crime Agency launches campaign to help parents talk to their children about ‘sexting’
City of London identity theft campaign
Mind’s Blue Light Pledge for organisations
Nominations for the Compact Awards 2015 are now open


Child Safety Week Visit to Pendeen Primary School

June 25th, 2015 by

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A member of the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety team attended Pendeen Primary School to provide two road safety sessions to pupils as part of Child Accident Prevention Trust’s (CAPT’s) Child Safety Week which took place from 1st – 7th June.

Child Safety Week is CAPT’s flagship community education campaign. Through Child Safety Week, the aim is to raise awareness of the accidents that seriously injure or kill children and how to prevent them.

The 2015 theme was ‘Teatime Terrors’. For example, drowning and bath water scalds, road accidents caused by heavy traffic while rushing home from school and nursery, and burns and scalds caused by kitchen appliances.

The session involved children learning the importance of pedestrian safety, including how to safely cross the road, where members of the group got to dress up and role play roadside activities to increase their understanding and problem solving skills, as well as learning about the need to look properly before crossing the road, safer crossing places and using pedestrian crossings.


Road and Fire Safety Promoted at Royal Cornwall Show

June 25th, 2015 by
Red Thumbs at the ready!

Red Thumbs at the ready!

Staff from the Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Team, assisted by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service Volunteers, manned a stand in the Cornwall Council Pavillion at Royal Cornwall Show on the 4th, 5th and 6th June in order to provide fire prevention and road safety information and advice to members of the public.

Visitors to the stand were able to request a free home fire safety check, gain information and advice regarding reducing the risk of an accidental dwelling fire, as well participating in the ‘My Red Thumb’ road safety campaign.

My Red Thumb aims to reduce road traffic casualties by encouraging as many people as possible to stop using their mobile phone whilst driving; this is achieved by having the visual reminder of their thumbnail being painted with red nail polish. People are then asked to tell their friends why they have one nail painted red to spread the campaign message.

The campaign is based on an idea by Steve Babcock in Colorado, USA who launched the initial Red Thumb Reminder in August 2013. Steve was inspired by his 9 year-old daughter to create a reminder to avoid distractions when driving. He decided to paint his thumbnail red to break his own habit of using a mobile phone whilst driving. It worked for him and so he decided to spread the message.

Drivers who use a mobile phone whether hand-held or hands-free:

•Are four times more likely to crash injuring or killing themselves and/or other people
•Are much less aware of what’s happening on the road around them
•Fail to see road signs
•Fail to maintain proper lane position and steady speed
•Are more likely to ‘tailgate’ the vehicle in front
•React more slowly and take longer to brake
•Are more likely to enter unsafe gaps in traffic
•Feel more stressed and frustrated.

Using a hands-free phone while driving does not significantly reduce the risks, because the danger is caused mainly by the mental distraction and divided attention of taking part in a phone conversation at the same time as driving.

For more information regarding the My Red Thumb campaign, click here.

For more information regarding fire prevention, or to request a free home fire safety check, click here.


Road Safety team supports Think You Can Drive event

June 17th, 2015 by

Road Safety team supports Think You Can Drive event in Truro with Orange Watch from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service.

A Team from Royal Cornwall Hospital organised two young driver’s events at Lemon Quay in Truro on  Friday 29th May. The Cornwall Council Prevention, Protection and Road Safety Team, as well as Orange Watch in Truro  supported the event with relevant activities. The event was targeting young drivers, under the age of 25, which road casualty statistics show are involved in a disproportionately large number of road collisions when compared with drivers who are over 25. The riskiest time for all new drivers is the first year after passing their driving test. The number of young drivers involved in collisions falls with each year of age as they gain in both maturity and experience.

Young drivers and passengers attending the stand were asked to complete a short questionnaire which was designed to measure their knowledge of the affect that alcohol can have on their ability to drive. Their answers were then discussed and the key messages of the event were delivered (e.g. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. You risk a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12-month driving ban and a criminal record. It is impossible to calculate how much alcohol you can consume before you are unfit to drive; therefore it is safest to never drink if you are driving.)

After the questionnaire had been discussed students were encouraged to participate in an activity on the BATAK machine, which is a reaction tester where people have 60 seconds to press as many lit buttons as possible, however they had to complete this whilst wearing drunk buster googles, their score was then recorded. They then repeated the activity without wearing the googles to compare their scores. Once the students had their two scores the Watch/Road Safety asked the students to explain why the drunk buster goggles affected their ability on the simple reaction test they then related this to how alcohol would affect their ability to drive.

Following the activity young drivers and passengers will understand that by drinking and driving, you risk your life, those of your passengers and others on the road, alcohol affects your ability to drive, the strict alcohol limits for UK drivers, so if they’re driving, it’s better to have none for the road.


Landlords must install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from October

June 17th, 2015 by

New legislation requires Landlords of residential premises to install working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their properties in England, to reduce fires deaths in the private rented sector.

The new legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015.

It was announced on 11th March 2015 that new legislation will come into force on the 1st October 2015 that concerns Landlords of residential premises. The Fire Service has been tasked with the distribution.

Who will the new legislation cover?

This new legislation will cover private landlords. Communities Minister Stephen Williams said yesterday: “We’re determined to create a bigger, better and safer private rented sector – a key part of that is to ensure the safety of tenants with fire prevention and carbon monoxide warning.”

Even so, we would recommend that any type of landlord (private or social) should recognise the duty of care they have for their tenants to install Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

What needs to be fitted and to what standards?

It is The British Standard BS 5839-6:2013 that is regarded as the Standard to adhere to when fitting Smoke Alarms and BS EN 50292:2013 when fitting Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms in residential/domestic premises. These define the type of alarms that require fitting and where they should be sited when complying with Building Regulations.

On the Government’s website it reads as:

“The proposed changes to the law would require landlords to install smoke alarms on every floor of their property, and test them at the start of every tenancy.Landlords would also need to install carbon monoxide alarms in high risk rooms – such as those where a solid fuel heating system is installed.This would bring private rented properties into line with existing building regulations that already require newly-built homes to have hard-wired smoke alarms installed.”

Section 150 of the Energy Act states: “the appropriate standard”, in relation to a smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide alarm, means the standard (if any) that is specified in, or determined under, regulations;”

We expect clarification of alarm types and siting requirements to be defined soon, but we know that landlords must fit a working smoke alarm on every storey of the property and a CO alarm in every room with a solid fuel burning appliance. Even so, we would recommend that a CO alarm is fitted in every room with any type of fuel burning appliance. They must be tested and in working order as each new tenant moves into the property. The Smoke and CO alarms should meet the relevant European and British Standards.

Who will enforce this new law?

Local Authorities will be enforcing this from 1st October 2015. Some Local Authorities are already prepared to do this as they have a licencing scheme for HMOs (House in Multiple Occupancy), where smoke alarms are a requirement.

What is the penalty for non-compliance?

Local Authorities will be able to serve a remedial notice on a landlord where they have reasonable grounds to believe the landlord has not complied with these new legal requirements for Smoke and CO alarms.

If a landlord fails to comply with the remedial notice within 28 days of the notice being served, the Local Authority under a duty (where the occupier consents) can arrange remedial action. This is to ensure that tenants are protected by working alarms and may involve action to install, repair or check the alarms are in proper working order.

In addition, Local Authorities can impose a civil penalty charge of up to £5000 on landlords who are in breach of their duty to comply with the remedial notice. There are some uncertainties in areas of this new law, so this information may be subject to change.

Cornwall Fire and rescue Service  are working with Housing providers who are launching their responsible landlords scheme. They are looking to engage with landlords and have set up a website to encourage them to resister. They will work with landlords who register to support and provide advice. We will be setting up a website for landlords to claim their free alarms and look to share and information with housing. We are working on the distribution arrangements. We have put our messages on social media and will publish and distribute when we have finalised the arrangements.


Safer Cornwall new strategic priorities 2016-19

June 17th, 2015 by

Taking into consideration the findings from the Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment Matrix (details below) and our current delivery landscape, on 5th June 2015 the Safer Cornwall Strategic Board formally agreed the following with regard to strategic priorities for the next cycle:

  1. Two priorities for 2016-2019:

    1. Domestic abuse and sexual violence

    2. Alcohol-related harm

These are expected to be adopted by all Peninsula CSPs from 1 April 2016.

  1. Safer Cornwall also recognises the following as key focus areas for delivery, placing high importance on providing effective, innovative and improving services:
    1. Drugs, supported by the merger of the DAAT Board and Safer Cornwall
    2. Anti-Social Behaviour
  1. Safer Cornwall has confirmed its commitment to develop a strategy to reduce reoffending, in recognition that tackling reoffending underpins all of the work of the Partnership and is at the heart of reducing crime effectively and sustainably. This is also required to ensure that the Partnership meets its statutory responsibilities.

As part of the development of statutory Partnership Plans, Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are required to set their priorities based upon evidence presented in their local Strategic Assessments.

Safer Cornwall is now in the last year of the current three year cycle of the current Partnership Plan, which will end 31st March 2016. The next iteration of the Strategic Assessment, in development now, will set the priorities for the next three year cycle – 2016-19.

Safer Cornwall’s priorities are also adopted by the Cornwall Council Community Safety Team and will underpin the development of the Team Plan.

Formally signed off June 2015, for adoption 1 April 2016.

Prioritisation involves understanding what poses the greatest threat or risk to the safety of the community and the CSPs across the Peninsula use a single Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment (STRA) matrix that was developed at the start of the current three year cycle in 2012/13.

The Chairs of the 9 CSPs across the Devon and Cornwall Peninsula have confirmed their continued commitment to identifying and delivering against a shared set of priorities. The Peninsula Crime Analysts Network (PCAN) have been asked to complete this piece of work as part of the preparations for the next round of Peninsula Strategic Assessment, supported by local strategic assessment processes.

The STRA model has been developed by PCAN this year to put more emphasis on the risk of harm, rather than volume of incidence, in calculating the level of threat and risk of particular issues.

The new model scores impact across 4 key elements: physical and/or psychological harm to victims(s), financial harm to victim(s), damage to reputation or public confidence / media interest and cost to police and partners.

The model then takes into account extent (including under-reporting), trend, public/community concern, impact on vulnerable groups and bench-marking against similar areas elsewhere in the country. Each element is given a score and the total score determines the overall level of threat and risk.

Crime and other community safety issues have been grouped into categories and each category has been awarded an overall Threat and Risk Assessment rating.



New drug and alcohol recovery unit for families and young people

June 17th, 2015 by

A new specialist drug and alcohol recovery unit for families and young people is to be built in Cornwall thanks to a Public Health England grant of £483,000. The facility at Bosence Farm, near Hayle, will be the only unit in the county to offer residential assessment, stabilisation and detox to young people and those with families facing drug and/or alcohol dependency.

Young people and families requiring residential alcohol and/or drugs interventions are small in number but when a placement is required, have to be sent as far afield as Sheffield, Lincoln and Kent. Women with children can be placed in Plymouth, but all out of area placements have been costly, challenging to manage and the outcomes have been poor.

Need has been historically recognised, but there has been no market for provision for such low but complex numbers of people.

We have an excellent residential assessment, stabilisation and detoxification service for adults in Cornwall, but this it is unsuitable to accommodate children and young people within adult units. The level of need does not make it efficient to establish a completely separate stand alone unit.

The proposal of the bid to build a new unit near to the site of the existing adults unit, is to ‘piggy back’ on the clinical services and deliver cost efficiencies through shared resources.

The scheme will be delivered by Bosence Farm Community, and the service will be provided in partnership with a number of local organisations, including Addaction (a charity that provides all the advice, information and support in the community in Cornwall), YZUP, and Social Services.

Construction of the centre is due to start in November with completion expected in June 2016.


Hoarding Awareness

June 17th, 2015 by

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) in conjunction with the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Board (SAB) is calling on people and organisations in Cornwall to be on look out for vulnerable adults who may be self-neglecting or who are putting themselves at risk by compulsive hoarding.



CFRS are currently dealing with 20 extreme high risk and complex hoarding cases, and EHSC dealing with approximately 15 cases, however, hoarding is under reported, as national evidence would suggest that there are approx 700 complex high risk hoarders across Cornwall ( 25 in each of the major towns throughout Cornwall).

Each of these cases poses a significant fire loading, a risk to the occupants and adjoining properties of fire, escape, collapse and further unnecessary risk to responding crews.

Early identification is the key, otherwise case management becomes protracted and difficult and resource intensive. To this end the campaign seeks to promote a greater awareness. If you have any concerns, please contact Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and request a free Home Fire Safety Check


Cosgarne Hall in St Austell wins awards!

June 8th, 2015 by

Cosgarne Hall, the service for vulnerable homeless people which was founded in 1996 has won one of three prestigious National Impact Awards, presented annually by the Charity Bank to services which make an impact in their communities by helping people in need. We have won the award in the Innovation category due to our work pioneering the use of Naloxone in Supported Accommodation for people with Heroin addictions. Naloxone is a medicine that can temporarily reverse the effect of an opioid overdose and, if administered in time, saves the lives of people who have overdosed on Heroin. During the last five years since we started the Naloxone programme 10 lives have been saved. 10 people who would have died from a Heroin overdose without the availability of Naloxone, are still alive.

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The link below takes you to the voters page where there are short videos about our service and the winners in the two other categories. It also offers you the opportunity to vote for an overall winner. I should be very grateful if you would kindly take the time to visit this page before voting closes on 1st June and cast your vote (preferably for us!!).

For such a small local service like ours to win the National Innovation Category award is fantastic, but to win the overall award would be truly amazing – it would be a great morale booster for the residents, staff, volunteers and everyone who has been involved with helping us operate and make Cosgarne work. Thank you.

If, after watching the video, you want to know more about what we do here at Cosgarne Hall, or about the Noloxone project in particular, please feel free to contact us.


Crime and policing news update May 2015

June 4th, 2015 by

Published 2 June 2015

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: