Bogus builders sought

August 18th, 2015 by

Cornwall Council Trading Standards team are seeking the help of the public (and other agencies) in trying to track down a gang of itinerant builders who allegedly defrauded an elderly resident out of almost £3500.

Searches of national intelligence databases has drawn a blank so, for the first time, Trading Standards has issued a plea for information via Facebook and Twitter.

They are seeking information on the whereabouts of a white van bearing the name ‘Delaney Home Improvements’ as part of their enquiries into roofing works undertaken at Hayle in Cornwall. Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 1234 191 and select option 2 quote TR15_003942 to report

 

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Bad Pills Warning After a British Teen Dies at a Music Festival

August 15th, 2015 by

Christian Pay, an 18-year-old from Millom, Cumbria, died  after taking a pill at Kendal Calling music festival. Since his death, seven more people have been taken to hospital due to drug intake from the festival, including a 29-year-old man who is still in a critical condition.

A green pill with a white fleck has been seized and identified as potentially linked to the incidents, along with grey pills with a white fleck and a blue tablet with an Adidas logo.

Kendal Calling Festival tweeted: “There have been serious drug-related casualties requiring hospital treatment. Please take extra care – illegal drugs have unknown contents.”

The police are yet to identify exactly what is in the pills, which have also left four people in “serious but stable” conditions.

Dr Jane Mathieson, from Cumbria County council public health, said: “If you are to take drugs, our advice is to consume as little as possible. Do not take more substances until you are confident the effects have worn off. Stay with friends and make sure you are with at least one sober person.”

Kendal Calling festival finished yesterday, but those living nearby in Cumbria – and festival-goers in general – should remain wary.

Kim Hager from the Cornwall Drug and Alcohol Team says that ‘whilst Cumbria is a long way away, many people and drugs are travelling over the summer to festivals and events, so people should be aware of the drugs with particular known risks. Once we know what is particularly in these pills, we will make that information available.’

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Reducing drug and alcohol related deaths in Cornwall

August 15th, 2015 by

Reducing drug and alcohol related deaths – Cornwall Hepatitis C Management Model

The hepatitis C management model that has been developed in Cornwall has been cited as an example of best practice in the Public Health England report Liver disease in the South West: a health needs assessment. It is an integrated model of care for people with hepatitis C , incorporating partnerships between hospital based liver disease services and drug and alcohol services, spanning testing, treatment and care.

The model was established after it was identified that Penzance had a disproportionately high number of patients with hepatitis C who were failing to attend hospital for treatment. To address this, the team worked with the local drugs and alcohol team to develop a plan for community-based treatments and a pilot delivering community-based treatment was set up in a local GP practice. This was successful with the ten patients who were initially treated being 100% adherent to the programme. Following on from this a nurse-led community-based treatment service covering the rest of the county was commissioned, and funding was obtained for dried blood spot testing. Prior to 2011 only venous testing was available, which represented a serious barrier to testing.

The programme provides on-going support and training to workers in the local drug services delivering the testing. Of 600 service users of the local drug service who are current or previous injecting drug users 86% have now been tested for hepatitis C, which compares favourably to the national average of 70%. Since the programme has been instigated there has been a significant reduction in Did Not Attend (DNA) rates and an increase in the number of people in Cornwall accessing HCV treatment. The report states ‘It serves as an excellent example of how NHS providers can work together with third sector providers to develop a regional hepatitis C management model which is fully cognisant of the often-complex needs of people with hepatitis C, and which works in an innovative way to address these needs. Importantly, the model can be easily replicated in other areas. While a rural model, it can be easily adapted for use in other areas, where the need for community-based treatment is just as pressing.’.

 

 

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HM Coroner commends work of Cornwall DAAT

August 15th, 2015 by

HM Coroner commends the work of DAAT Drug Related Death prevention lead for changes made in prison service.

HM Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon has written to the Council to commend the work of the DAAT Drug Prevention Co-ordinator, Sid Willett.

One of the duties of the Coroner is to identify issues to prevent future deaths. ‘Mr Willett went beyond the call of duty, (when reviewing a local drug related death of someone returning from prison), in identifying a number of important deficiencies in prison drug treatment systems. I am pleased to report that due to this, changes are being made within the Prison Service and I am writing to commend his work and bring this to your attention’.

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Reducing Drug And Alcohol related deaths 2- Cornwall Hepatitis C Management Model

What?

The hepatitis C management model that has been developed in Cornwall has been cited as an example of best practice in the Public Health England report Liver disease in the South West: a health needs assessment. It is an integrated model of care for people with hepatitis C , incorporating partnerships between hospital based liver disease services and drug and alcohol services, spanning testing, treatment and care.

Why? The model was established after it was identified that Penzance had a disproportionately high number of patients with hepatitis C who were failing to attend hospital for treatment. To address this, the team worked with the local drugs and alcohol team to develop a plan for community-based treatments and a pilot delivering community-based treatment was set up in a local GP practice. This was successful with the ten patients who were initially treated being 100% adherent to the programme. Following on from this a nurse-led community-based treatment service covering the rest of the county was commissioned, and funding was obtained for dried blood spot testing. Prior to 2011 only venous testing was available, which represented a serious barrier to testing.

The programme provides on-going support and training to workers in the local drug services delivering the testing. Of 600 service users of the local drug service who are current or previous injecting drug users 86% have now been tested for hepatitis C, which compares favourably to the national average of 70%. Since the programme has been instigated there has been a significant reduction in Did Not Attend (DNA) rates and an increase in the number of people in Cornwall accessing HCV treatment. The report states ‘It serves as an excellent example of how NHS providers can work together with third sector providers to develop a regional hepatitis C management model which is fully cognisant of the often-complex needs of people with hepatitis C, and which works in an innovative way to address these needs. Importantly, the model can be easily replicated in other areas. While a rural model, it can be easily adapted for use in other areas, where the need for community-based treatment is just as pressing.’.

 

When: August 2015

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Crime and policing update July 2015

August 15th, 2015 by

Information and news includes:

  • First Anniversary of the Girl Summit
  • Modern Slavery Act comes into force
  • New prison sentences for offenders who repeatedly carry knives
  • Consultation on the police funding formula
  • Police Knowledge Fund
  • Police Innovation Fund 2016 to 2017
  • Early Intervention Foundation launches academy for police leaders
  • Home Secretary announces water cannon decision
  • Terms of reference for undercover policing inquiry announced
  • Review on the impact of undisclosed undercover police activity on the safety of convictions published
  • Public bodies now required to take steps to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism
  • New Troubled Families programme launched
  • Mind’s Blue Light Pledge for organisations
  • Chancellor launches 2015 Spending Review
  • Speeches
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Safer Cornwall Hate Crime Conference

August 13th, 2015 by

 

Safer Cornwall are hosting a free hate crime conference on Sept 19th See here for more details:

 

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