Young People Who Offend ‘Make Good’

January 28th, 2016 by

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Youth Offending Service are always seeking new opportunities for young people who have offended, and are then required to carry out Reparation Activities.  This is about looking to repair the harm they have caused and it may be directly for the victim of their behaviour or, to the community itself.  Typical work includes helping out at animal sanctuaries, in charity shops, beach cleaning, the National Trust, Age Concern etc.


However, with the bad weather a continual problem one of the volunteers who works with the Service has come up with an indoor woodwork project. Mr Peter Letheren (pictured below) is a retired tradesperson who works with the young people to make bird boxes and flower planters which are then donated to charities and sold on.  Currently based in the West of the county it is hoped that a similar project can soon be developed in the East.

Mr Letheren bought the tools and bench using money from a charitable fund and the project uses treated timber which is kindly donated by Mr Bedford of Penstraze Sawmills. Plans were downloaded from the internet and the young people make the products over several sessions.  Mr Letheren said “this project allows our young people to do something for charity whilst learning patience, co-ordination and general woodworking skills.”


Joint Surveillance and foot patrols

January 28th, 2016 by

Joint surveillance and foot patrols involving both uniformed and plain clothed officers from Camborne Police Neighbourhood Team and the Anti-Social Behaviour Team took place in Camborne town centre to capture individuals in the act of shoplifting and the misuse of drugs.

Why? To protect members of the public, shop owners and their staff from further acts of shoplifting and anti social behaviour.

When: December 2015

Action: As a result of the time spent within the area, officers positively engaged with the local residents, shop staff and owners, passing reassurance and safety advice to the community.

A positive arrest was made from shoplifting and products were seized from the person arrested.

counterfeight products


Joint Inspections

January 28th, 2016 by


 During September 2015 the Community Safety Partnership provided training sessions to responsible persons and owners of fast food and restaurant establishments throughout Cornwall.

As part of the ongoing education and enforcement to the business sector a number of inspections have been conducted jointly by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) and Private Sector Housing (PSH). The premises inspected have been highlighted through the training days and intelligence gained via partners, in particular the immigration service and the Police.

The joint approach has been established to permit access to both the commercial areas and the sleeping/living accommodation above. In order to sample the conditions within these types of premises the inspections have covered a number of Towns within the County and have resulted in action being taken by both organisations.

The powers of the two services are able to monitor the conditions within the premises and consider the most appropriate action to ensure compliance with both the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and the Housing Act. This work is ongoing and dovetails nicely with the Councils plans for additional licensing whilst visiting premises that have previously not had any inspection history.

During the visits we are able to support the work of partner agencies such as Immigration to establish occupancy and ensure that issues such as modern slavery or illegal workers are not present.

A further set of training days have been planned for April 2016 to expand the education to a wider range of food establishments and to cover the Towns that weren’t visited on the previous days.



Cold caller fined £16000

January 19th, 2016 by

A rogue trader, whose gang targeted older home-owners and persuaded them to have maintenance work on their properties at vastly inflated prices was convicted at Bodmin Magistrates Court last Friday (Friday 8 January 2016).

Thomas Delaney, of Braintree in Essex used misleading paperwork to encourage his victims to waive their rights to obtain other quotes and instead persuaded them to have their driveway or roof jet-washed straight away at a cost of up to £950.  But today he pleaded guilty to all charges brought against him and his company, Betterview Construction Ltd following an investigation by Cornwall Council Trading Standards.

The Court heard that the incidents had come to light when a concerned neighbour saw the gang jet-washing a roof and had raised the alarm. Trading Standards Officers attended the house with the Police and intervened, arresting the gang and preventing payment of the exorbitant bill.  A further victim was identified nearby.

Delaney had offered a ‘No comment’ interview and provided the Court with no reasonable excuse. The Magistrates imposed fines and costs totalling almost £16,000.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities was pleased with the level of penalty imposed “The size of fine shows that the Court fully recognised the vulnerability of the victims in this case.  But once again this incident demonstrates the need for everyone to be on their guard against cold-callers and to always say ‘No’ to anyone who turns up at the door without an invitation or appointment.”


What is Restorative Justice in Cornwall?

January 19th, 2016 by

Everything can be found here on the RJ Cornwall Youtube Channel:

You can also access them on Youtube (not as video) here:

Show 1

On the first show we discuss the basics of Restorative Justice. We chat to Lucy Allison, Project Manager and Co-ordinator for Restorative Justice and Kate Hook from Restorative Solutions.

 Show 2

During this show we hear from Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg, and Hannah Hart the Police Lead in Devon and Cornwall for Restorative Justice.

 Show 3

On this show we hear from Ann Parkinson from the National Probation Service and Volunteer Tim Pitt of RJ Cornwall.

 Show 4

This show has interviews with Helen Worthington from Safer Stronger Consortium, Jez Bayes of Safer Cornwall and Lesley Chandler and Lesley Moreland from RJ Working. Lesley Moreland shares her personal connection to Restorative Justice.

 Show 5

This is the final installment of Repair the Harm, and on this episode we hear from ex-offender Peter Woolf who takes us through the path that led him to commit crime and his introduction to Restorative Justice and how it went on to change his life.


Lucy Allison was also interviewed by Heart FM which can be found here (less than 2 minutes):

Additionally Lucy Allison Project Manager was interviewed for the Restorative Solutions Forum for their Youtube Channel which can be found here (11 minutes):


Mark wins prestigious volunteer award

January 7th, 2016 by

An ‘outstanding’ volunteer from Addaction Cornwall has been to the House of Lords to receive a prestigious award.

Mark Merrifield

Mark Merrifield, who lives in Newquay, won a Marsh Christian Trust Volunteer Award for his work at the Cornish drug and alcohol service.

Mark, who has recovered from a 30 year issue with drugs and alcohol, said: ““The future is bright. I keep driving on, not picking up a drink or a drug. That means I wake up in a clean thinking about the future and not living one drink or drug to the next.

“My addictions took away my dreams and aspirations. However, finding recovery and my continuing involvement with Addaction is giving them back to me as I realise my potential. Receiving this award was not only a surprise to be recognised for doing something that I really enjoy and being part of the organisation I hold close to my heart. It has inspired me to move forward again to hopefully become a full time employee in the future.”

The awards ceremony was hosted in the River Rooms at the House of Lords by Baroness Stedman Scott. The annual Addaction Volunteer Awards recognise the outstanding contribution volunteers bring to our service.

Mark, aged 49, won the award for the South West having voluntarily supported the charity’s service in Truro, Falmouth, St Austell and Newquay.

Following almost a year volunteering at Addaction’s social enterprise RE:SOURCE, Mark has now spent more than 18 months volunteering with the Life Skills team in Mid-Cornwall. During that time he set up an arts and crafts group, delivered life skills sessions to service users and been part of quarterly review presentations with the council commissioners.

Mark is also the first volunteer to become a tutor for the Life Skills In-Action course, an accredited course designed by Life Skills. The course was launched in February 2015 with 10 learners enrolling and achieving the qualification.

On top of volunteering, Mark has also achieved Level 2 IAG qualification, Award in Education and Training Level 3, EDCL Level 2, and is has completed and passed a Certificate in Education and Training (Level 4).

Colleague and Addaction Life Skills worker Tim Greenhalgh said: “Mark has been a huge asset to Cornwall and I would personally like to thank him for all the great work he has done and continues to do.”


Crime and Policing news update Dec 2015

January 7th, 2016 by
Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: