Stop loan sharks

November 30th, 2015 by

Around 310,000 people use a loan shark each year. A loan shark is
someone who lends money without the correct permission from the
Financial Conduct Authority. Loan sharks may initially appear
friendly but they will often use violence and intimidation to ensure
they get their money, causing borrowers endless misery.
The Illegal Money Lending Team want to ensure that everyone knows what a loan shark is and more importantly how to report one. By working with other
organisations, we can get the message out to those borrowing from
loan sharks, especially in the run up to Christmas: There is help

loan sharks





A Loan Shark is someone who lends money without the correct permissions. These permissions are granted by the Financial Conduct Authority. Loan Sharks rarely, if ever, give any paperwork and if payments are missed they often use intimidation and violence to get money from their ‘clients’. The Illegal Money Lending Team is here to help. If you have any information, however small, on loan shark activities we can help.

  • Have you been offered a cash loan?
  • Have you been threatened when you couldn’t pay?
  • Has your bank card been taken from you as a security?
  • Does what you owe keep growing even though you are making payments?

If you can answer yes to any of the above then you may have been bitten by a loan shark. If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing any of the above or has any knowledge of loan shark activities then contact our team IN CONFIDENCE.


To report a loan shark call:
0300 555 2222


Drinkaware Club hosts launch pilot in Truro

November 24th, 2015 by

Alcohol education charity Drinkaware has launched a pilot initiative in a Truro nightclub aimed at helping to keep young people safe on their night out.



The charity has joined forces with Devon and Cornwall Police, Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tony Hogg and Truro Safe, to launch a six month pilot of Drinkaware Club Hosts at The Office nightclub last weekend.

Drinkaware Club Hosts are specially trained staff who work in bars and clubs to reduce drunken anti-social behaviour and help keep people safe.

Working in pairs, the club hosts will have a presence in the venue throughout the night, talking to customers at the start of the evening when a queue is forming, supporting customers who are vulnerable due to alcohol and ensuring guests leave safely after the venue has closed.

Drinkaware is working with other partners across Devon, Cornwall and Gloucestershire to test and evaluate the intervention in venues in Torquay, Plymouth, Exeter and Cheltenham. Findings will be used to inform an on-going roll-out of the Drinkaware Club Host programme in other parts of the country.

This follows a pilot carried out in Nottingham in 2014 as part of Drinkaware’s Drunken Nights Out* campaign, developed to reduce alcohol related harm in the night time economy.

Elaine Hindal, Chief Executive of Drinkaware, says: “Following a successful pilot in Nottinghamshire last year we are delighted to be launching Drinkaware Club Hosts in the South West of England in collaboration with police and community partnerships across the region.

“We are encouraged by the findings from our initial pilot, that indicated that this initiative can help to reduce the number of young adults experiencing drunken sexual harassment and other negative experiences on a night out. If behaviour isn’t acceptable sober, it isn’t acceptable drunk.”

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg says: “Tackling alcohol related harm and crime is one of my top priorities in my police and crime plan. This is an important new pilot to help people made vulnerable through alcohol and safeguard them within venues. It will complement and work alongside existing support structures in the night time economy and help keep people safe on their night out.


Drug related death conference

November 24th, 2015 by

The 7th annual Reducing Drug Related Death Conference was held at The China Fleet Club, Saltash on Friday 23rd October 2015 and again paid host to a wide range of delegates. The content is listed below and was guided in part by drug related deaths over the last year. The conference goes from strength to strength and aims to promote best practice, disseminate learning from these sad deaths and prevent future deaths.

Look out for an invitation to next years’ event.

• The Toxic Trio – Domestic and Sexual violence, Substance use, and Mental Health
• Addiction and Pain Management in a Prison Setting
• Understanding and Supporting Adults Bereaved Through Substance Use
• Safeguarding Adults and Making Every Adult Matter
• Complex and Entrenched Alcohol Problems
• Complex Care Complex Times
• Take-home naloxone from October 2015
• Drug Related Deaths- Monitoring, Surveillance, Investigation and Prevention



Crime and policing news update

November 24th, 2015 by


  1. New Counter-Extremism Strategy published
  2. Support for local initiatives to prevent extremist ideologies announced
  3. Diversity profiles published to encourage forces to become more representative
  4. College of Policing launches scheme to increase inclusivity in forces
  5. Police innovation fund 2016 to 2017
  6. Home Secretary announces chair for deaths in custody review
  7. FGM mandatory reporting duty comes into force
  8. New video shows the devastating impact of forced marriage
  9. New provision in the Modern Slavery Act to fight slavery in supply chains
  10. New duty to notify Home Office of victims of modern slavery
  11. Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery partnership launched
  12. New sentencing guidelines on theft announced
  13. Ministry of Justice’s Restorative Justice Week 2015
  14. Alternative place of safety pilot evaluation report published
  15. Mind’s blue light programme
  16. Speeches

Christmas crisis contacts

November 24th, 2015 by

For any emergency call 999

Other support/contacts:

REACH Domestic Abuse Hub  –  0300 777 4 777

24hr Domestic Abuse refuge helpline  – 07760 442581

Alcohol – Addaction – 0333 2000 325

Family information services – Freephone 0800 5878191

Homelessness  –  Tel: 0300 1234 161

If you have a housing emergency where there is an immediate risk of losing your accommodation, call:

Cornwall Council out of hours emergency number:  0300 1234 161

More information about our service and downloadable information can also be found on the Cornwall Council website:





White Ribbon campaign

November 24th, 2015 by






Safer Cornwall are promoting the national ‘White Ribbon Towns’ campaign in 4 towns in Cornwall, with the aim of achieving White Ribbon Town accreditation status for each of them. The project aims to mobilise men to campaign against violence against women and girls (VAWG).

White Ribbon.


What will your drink cost this Christmas?

November 24th, 2015 by

Safer Cornwall is once again warning about the dangers of excessive drinking this Christmas.

Our aim is to broaden the public’s understanding of the current attitudes towards alcohol, and the negative effects that these attitudes produce, encouraging a long term cultural change towards alcohol.


Did you know that:

  • 47% of violent crime reported in Cornwall is linked to alcohol
  • 70% of violent offenders on the Probation caseload have a problem with alcohol
  • 73% of offenders contacted in custody said that alcohol was a factor in their arrest
  • 29% of all alcohol related violence in Cornwall is recorded as domestic violence
  • 90 to 140,000 days in 2007 were lost in Cornwall due to alcohol related sickness
  • Parts of Cornwall have the highest rates of incapacity benefit claims due to alcohol


The campaign key messages are:

  • In Cornwall, alcohol is involved in over half of the domestic violence incidents, making up nearly a third of all alcohol related violence. Similarly, nearly a third of sexual offences are alcohol related. 48% of all violent crime is recorded as linked to alcohol.
  • Parents or other adults often provide the alcohol consumed by young people.
  • Half of all of the pedestrians killed in road accidents over the last seven years had been drinking.
  • Consuming alcohol reduces the likelihood of discovering a fire, and impairs your ability to escape from one.
  • One third of all neighbourhoods say that alcohol related issues are a problem in their area.
  • Young people are at the highest risk of becoming involved in alcohol related violence, both as victims and offenders.

Please have a great time over Christmas, enjoy a drink or two if you want to, but don’t overdo it.



Domestic Abuse awareness week

November 17th, 2015 by

In support of Domestic Abuse Awareness Week, West Cornwall Women’s Aid are creating two pop-up stalls at local colleges, the first will at Cornwall College on Tuesday 24th November at Café Metro, their largest and busiest eating establishment which is also open to the public. The second will  be at Penwith College on Friday 27th November in their refectory. They will be taking promotional material including leaflets, business cards, bugs and pens to both events and will have our pop-up banners on display.







They are also participating in the Reclaim the Night march on the evening of Friday 27th November, with both staff and volunteers joining in. WCWA volunteers have been enthusiastic in publicising this event by distributing flyers around the shops and businesses in their local areas and one volunteer has used her connections with Pirate FM to have the event promoted on a weekend breakfast show as well as the radio station’s What’s On board. A press release has also been sent to the Cornishman and Radio Cornwall have details of the event and will promote it during the awareness week.


Crime and policing news update: September 2015

November 2nd, 2015 by


  1. Enabling closer working between the emergency services
  2. Consultation on extra powers for police staff and volunteers
  3. Early Intervention Academy for Police Leaders launched
  4. Police procurement information published on
  5. Benefits of information sharing in tackling gang and youth violence
  6. Tackling Serious and Organised Crime – a local Government response
  7. Help make the UK cyber streetwise
  8. Internet experts share new techniques to battle online child sexual exploitation
  9. Using conditional cautions as an alternative to prosecution for foreign national offenders
  10. Prevent guidance for higher and further education institutions comes into effect
  11. Speeches

New! **Safer Cornwall partnership plan**

November 1st, 2015 by

The new Safer Cornwall partnership has now been published. It covers the next three years and can be seen here  


Please take a look and use the survey monkey link to comment if you wish to.

Thank you!

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: