Three in police custody following modern slavery warrant

February 9th, 2018 by

A number of potential victims receiving specialist support.

Specialist officers executed a warrant at Bosahan Farm, which is a flower picking farm near Manaccan, Helston this morning (Thursday 8 February) on the suspicion that modern slavery offences were taking place against migrant workers.

Following this, a 61-year-old man and a 41-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of Modern Slavery offences. A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being an unlicensed gangmaster. All three men are local to Helston, and all three remain in police custody.

Around 200 migrant workers at the farm had their welfare safeguarded by Cornwall Council with support from The Salvation Army and the British Red Cross.

Of these, fourteen men and women believed to be aged between 17-40 have elected to seek help through a National Referral Mechanism which means that potential victims are offered support.

Please visit the modern slavery website if you wish to know how to spot the signs of modern slavery and, if you have the slightest suspicion that there is a crime happening in your area, contact:

  • the national modern slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700
  • Non-emergency 101, 67101 sms/text number for the deaf/hard hearing/speech impaired 18001 101 Minicom/Textphone
  • Non-emergency email: 101 (or 999 if someone is in imminent danger)
  • or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Safer Internet

February 7th, 2018 by

A better internet starts with you…

  1. It starts with an open and honest dialogue.

    Talk regularly with your child about how they use technology, and find out what their digital life is like, including what their favourite sites and services are and also how being online makes them feel. Not sure where to begin? Have a look at our suggested conversation starters for parents.

  2. It starts with a balanced approach.

    As parents it’s natural to feel worried about the risks posed by your child being online, but for young people the online world is exciting and fun, as it brings so many opportunities for them. Connect with your child by asking them to share with you their favourite things to do online, as well as discussing the risks they might come across. Use our quick activities as a family this Safer Internet Day.

  3. It starts with using the tools available to help you.

    There are lots of tools to help you manage the devices used by your family. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can help protect your child from seeing inappropriate content online. For advice and guidance on how to make use of parental controls and other safety features on devices, check out our free Parents’ Guide to Technology and see more advice in our advice centre for parents and carers.

  4. It starts with knowing where to get help.

    It can sometimes feel like young people are the experts in all things online, but remember – you are the life experts. You are always there to help your child but make sure you know how to get support too by visiting our Need Help? page. You can find more information about how you can help your child stay safe online by using features such as privacy settings on social media and understanding how to make a report on a range of apps, games and services.

  5. It starts with a family agreement.

    The online world is an increasingly large part of modern family life, so it makes sense to approach it as a family too. Why not make a pledge together on how as a family you’re going to use the internet safely and positively? If you need help with this, have a look at our family pledge card for a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page.

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Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2018

January 31st, 2018 by

Safer Cornwall is delighted to be supporting

Sexual Violence Awareness Week Monday 5 February to Friday 9 February

National Sexual Violence Awareness Week is an opportunity for all services to highlight the wide range of fantastic support which is on offer and stand side-by-side to show our commitment to a zero tolerance of domestic abuse and sexual violence in Cornwall. The week is for raising awareness about sexual violence in all demographic groups.

Public events providing information, advice and support:

  • Monday 5 February – 9:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. This will be at RCHT Trelawney Wing Entrance.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 10:00 – 13:00 Sexual Violence Awareness Week Launch and awareness session on sexual violence and the services available. Held at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust – Knowledge Spa – G09.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 14:00 – 16:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Monday 5 February – 19:00 – 20:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with a crisis worker.

 

  • Tuesday 6 February 9:00 – Wednesday 7 February 14:00
    Information displays for support and guidance for those being affected by sexual violence at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.

 

  • Wednesday 7 February 12:00 – 14:00 SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

  • Thursday 8 February – 12:00 – 13:00 Live Q and A Facebook session through First Light Facebook with an ISVA.

 

  • Friday 9 February – 10:00 – 16:00 Display stand to showcase all of the support on offer for those who are being affected by sexual violence. At The Long Gallery, New County Hall, Truro.

 

  • Friday 9 February 10:00 – 12:00 – SARC open session to have a look around the SARC, discuss the services we provide and meet with a Crisis Worker and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

 

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Website – www.safercornwall.co.uk

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Safer Town’s scheme

January 30th, 2018 by

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and Safer Cornwall are joining forces to extend the county’s existing Safer Town’s scheme.

There are four Safer Towns partnerships already in existence – in St Austell, Newquay, Truro and Penzance – but from April this will be extended to include Falmouth, Bodmin, Camborne, Redruth, Liskeard and Saltash.

The PCC has committed £50,000 to kick start the extended programme.

Following the successful model which is already operating these towns will have a more focused partnership response to local community safety issues, aiming to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in a coordinated, evidence-based response.

Safer Towns will provide a partnership response to local community safety issues, aiming to reduce crime/anti-social behaviour and will allow for a coordinated response in the local areas.

The work in each Safer Town will be informed by a Local Town Profile and driven through a detailed action plan.  The Safer Towns will be accountable to the Safer Cornwall Partnership.

“I applaud the community safety partnership and its partnership approach to deal with community safety based issues relating to street drinking and drugs and street attachment,” said Ms Hernandez.

“A significant amount of work has already gone on in St Austell, Penzance and Truro involving agencies, town councils and businesses and I am encouraged by the way businesses and charitable groups have joined statutory partners to find solutions.

“I hope the money I am giving will be used by each group to aid practical initiatives and innovation.”

“This investment is focused on particular towns but its benefit will be felt throughout Cornwall.”

Chief Fire Officer Paul Walker, said: “We are delighted to accept this additional support from the PCC for Cornwall’s innovative Safer Towns approach.  At the very core of the safer towns principles are our focus on people and place.

“Through our multi-disciplinary partnership work we are able to bring together a wealth of knowledge, experience and powers to provide a response to what can be very complex challenges.

“This is another example of our close working with partners to address antisocial behaviour and wider community safety issues. I am confident this proven partnership approach will deliver positive outcomes for residents, businesses and visitors to Cornwall.”

Chief Superintendent Jim Pearce, the police commander for Cornwall, said: “The Safer Towns project is an excellent initiative bringing local leaders, Cornwall Council, the police and local businesses together with a common purpose – to make our communities safer.

“We have seen some really positive progress in Penzance and St Austell over the past few months and our local police teams will be fully engaged in this work as we go forward. “

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Bodmin police welcomes new inspector

January 29th, 2018 by

The Bodmin sector policing area has a new inspector leading it.

Inspector James Honeywill takes over from Inspector Rob Mooney as the inspector responsible for Bodmin, Wadebridge and Padstow. Insp Honeywill, who originates from St Dennis and attended St Stephen School and then St Austell College, joined Devon and Cornwall Police 19 years ago having gained a history degree from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Insp Honeywill said: “It was always my intention to join either the armed forces or the police service. Public service was always important to me and a career in the armed or emergency services suited me.  I joined the police on my 22nd birthday.”

James initially chose to be stationed in Exeter to gain experience of working in a city before he moved back to Cornwall. The majority of his police career has been spent in the Newquay area where he worked as a neighbourhood beat manager, a custody sergeant, a patrol sergeant and for the past three years has been a response inspector covering the whole county.

Insp Honeywill’s wife, Sgt Sue Honeywill, is now in one of her husband’s former jobs as a neighbourhood team leader in Newquay. Policing plays a big part in the Honeywill family. James’ brother is a custody sergeant at Newquay and his sister-in-law is on the armed response vehicle team in Bodmin.

Insp Honeywill said: “I am delighted to have moved into the sector inspector role at Bodmin. I now plan to get a feel for neighbourhood issues, demands, crime trends and the police and partner resources available to make a difference to local people. I will be attending community meetings and getting to know our partners and key community figures. When I have a fuller understanding of the issues I plan to make some subtle improvements but no radical changes. But it is important that expectations are managed taking into account the economic climate and the pressure on our resources at the moment.  I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge and will do my best for those who live, work in and visit the area.”

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ASB update – January 2018

January 28th, 2018 by

Anti-Social Behaviour Update – January 2018

Tackling anti-social behaviour is not down to one person or service. Anti- social behaviour affects the community and so agencies such as the police and local authority rely on the community to report and account for incidents of anti-social behaviour. The briefing below details how the tools and powers available have been used effectively by services in your local area to tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

ASB warning

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon and Cornwall Police operate a preventative staged warning process on individuals who commit acts of anti-social behaviour. The three stage escalation process has historically proven effective in managing anti-social behaviour issues. During 2016/17, 79% of cases did not commit further anti-social behaviour within 3 months of intervention. Since October 2017, 4 anti-social behaviour warnings have been issued for alcohol related incidents in Penzance.

Criminal Behaviour Order

A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) focuses on more serious offenders, who engage in criminal activity as well as anti-social behaviour. It can only be issued at court in conjunction with a sentence that is already imposed.

The order will either prohibit specified acts or require the offender to participate in specified acts e.g. to engage with local alcohol services. Before imposing an order the court must be satisfied that the offender has engaged in such behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress and that making the order will encourage the offender to stop the behaviour.

On 27 November 2017, a 5 year Criminal Behaviour Order was obtained on a female from Penzance. The defendant has been ordered not to be in possession of an open vessel containing alcohol, not to be drunk in Causewayhead or Market Jew Street, not to engage in threatening conduct and not to enter premises in which she has already been banned from. The order also contained a requirement to engage with Addaction. Breach of the order is a criminal offence and can result in up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

Public Space Protection Order

Designated Public Place Orders (commonly referred to as ‘alcohol free zones’) have been replaced by Public Space Protection Orders. The orders allow open alcohol containers to be seized. It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone, but it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. This is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.

On 01 October 2017, all Designated Public Place Orders were converted to Public Space Protection Orders allowing Devon and Cornwall Police to continue to seize alcohol. Penzance Town Centre, including Causewayhead, is part of the Public Space Protection Order.

Community Engagement

Safer Cornwall partners have produced a leaflet for businesses on how to report anti-social behaviour, drug litter and homelessness. On 19 December a community walkabout was arranged to distribute the leaflets to Penzance businesses. Those involved in the walkabout included Devon & Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Council’s Community Link Officer, Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworkers and Community Safety Officers, Cornwall Councillors and the Penzance Town Mayor.Community Engagement

Target groups

Monthly multi agency meetings are held to discuss those who are on the anti-social behaviour warning process to ensure a plan of action is in place for each case. These are chaired by the local Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker and are attended by local services. They include, Penzance Police Neighbourhood Team, Environmental Protection, Addaction, Registered Social Landlords and the Youth Offending Service.

Enforcement patrols

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team use bodyworn video devices during enforcement patrols enabling them to capture nuisance and disorder. This can be used in court as evidence at a later stage if required. The body cameras also act as a deterrent and provide reassurance to members of the public. The Anti-Social Behaviour Team jointly with Penzance Police Neighbourhood Team have carried out 7 enforcement patrols since October targeting hotspot areas where there have been previous reports of street drinking and public order. During the patrols, ASB Caseworkers are able to request names and addresses of those engaging in anti-social behaviour as they have been authorised to do so by the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police as part of the Community Safety Accredited Scheme.Enforcement patrols

Further information on the ASB, Crime & Policing Act 2014 tools and powers can be found at ASB_Revised_Statutory_Guidance_V2_0.pdf

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Holocaust Memorial Day

January 15th, 2018 by

An invitation to Holocaust Memorial Day events
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th January 2018
Truro Cathedral

27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) remembering the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur and emerging events worldwide.

The Power of Words

‘I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s in me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears; my spirits are revived.’
Anne Frank, written in her diary, 5 April 1944

Words can make a difference – both for good and evil.
Truro Cathedral is hosting a 2 day exhibition organised with colleagues from Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council.
Attendees will be able to explore the track to genocide, learn of the personal experiences of survivors of genocide and leave a message on our Tree of Hope. There will also be information stands from a number of organisations representing groups impacted by genocide.

A candle lighting ceremony will be held at 1pm on both days.
Exhibition opening times:
● Friday 26th January: 10am to 5.30pm
Followed by a Holocaust Memorial Day Evensong at 5.30pm and everyone is welcome to attend.
● Saturday 27th January: 10am to 3.30pm.

Please come along and feel free to pass this invitation on.

For further information and details or to book a group attendance, please contact either:-
PC Colin Gameson, Diversity Officer
07525 409457 or colin.gameson@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk
or
Clare Hall-Davies, Equality and Diversity Advisor, Cornwall Council
01872 324692 or chall-davies@cornwall.gov.uk

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Safer St Austell Support Local Spaces

January 15th, 2018 by

Members of Safer St Austell have come together over the last month to litter pick and repaint the walls at one of the local graffiti walls at Poltair Park and The House, which is a local youth community centre. They have also conducted a leaflet drop in the town centre to publicise how the community can report concerns and issues. This group of partners work closely as part of Safer Cornwall, the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall. Safer St Austell was reformed in February 2017 to provide a local multi-agency co-ordinated response, consisting of the community, the local town council, charities within the area including Cosgarne Hall, volunteers, Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) and Community Safety Teams, Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Addaction, St Austell Business Improvement District, Freshstart and local traders.

In St Austell a combination of factors were impacting on, and giving rise to concerns within communities in relation to perceived public safety and levels of crime.  The partnership joined together with the aim of; improving feelings of safety and public reassurance, reducing risk of alcohol related harm to the community and protecting vulnerable groups. The group have already been involved with; community walkabouts in the town centre to gain the views of local businesses, the identification of issues including anti-social behaviour and environmental improvements, high visibility multi-agency patrols, anti-social behaviour interventions and warnings, schemes to reduce the impact of alcohol on individuals and the community, partnership training and proactive outreach and in reach work across the town. The Town Council installed two additional CCTV cameras earlier in the year, one at Priory Car Park and one at Truro Road Park both of which are proving invaluable for the detection and prevention of crime in the town centre.

Zoe Gofton the Community Safety Officer for Mid Cornwall said: “It has been great to see such fantastic team working made up of agencies who genuinely want to make St Austell a safe and vibrant place to live. Building on the great work that has already been undertaken, Safer St Austell partners are working closely together to resolve issues quickly and have worked incredibly hard over the last six months to ensure ASB and rough sleeping are dealt with appropriately. Over the next few months we will continue to publicise how the community can report crime and support the partnership.”

Malcolm Putko Asset and Operations Director of Cosgarne Hall said: “Everyone involved with Cosgarne is proud to be part of forward thinking initiatives such as this one led by Safer Cornwall. It is great that lots of people from lots of different walks in life within the community join in and try and make the local surroundings better for all.”

Sector Inspector Edward Gard said: “There is a huge amount of partnership working happening in St Austell as well as targeted policing which is having a positive impact on levels of crime in this area. St Austell remains one of the safer towns and we will continue to ensure crime in this area is actioned quickly and effectively. We encourage all members of the public to continue to report information and any concerns they have through our 101 telephone number or in an emergency 999.”

Advice for residents and businesses

  • If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).  Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop).
  • If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.
  • If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk
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LGBT history Month in February

January 15th, 2018 by

About LGBT History Month


Last year we looked at Citizenship, PSHE and Law as we marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. This year we will be commemorating two rather more sombre events; the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28, which prohibited local authorities from disseminating materials that ‘promoted homosexuality’ in schools; and the fortieth anniversary of the murder by shooting of Harvey Milk, the USA’s first out-gay elected councillor. On a happier note, the rainbow flag was launched upon an unsuspecting public in 1978, although  sadly its creator Gilbert Baker passed away last year.

We look forward to this year when we will focus on ‘Geography: Mapping the World’, especially now that our friends in Australia and up to 16 more central and south American nations will be able to enjoy same sex weddings.

Look at our calendar to see what’s happening where you are. If you have an event, put it up on our calendar. Check out the OUTing the Past National LGBT History Festival hubs during February to find out which one you can attend.

To catch up on all our and the LGB and T happenings across the UK, follow us on our Facebook page here and follow Schools OUT UK here.

Our friends at the Proud Trust have a fantastic LGBT History Month 2018 Resource Pack that you can access free here

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Be wary of free home energy improvement grants

January 15th, 2018 by

The Government’s Green Deal initiative was launched in 2013, with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of homes, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions in the UK.

The improvements it offered included the installation of boilers, heating systems, insulation or double glazing. The cost of this work was met by a loan, added to the energy bills of the home owner. However, the homeowner would only pay an amount which was based on the projected ‘savings’ that the improvements were supposed to bring.

Whilst well intentioned, the scheme proved to be flawed in a number of ways and was ended in 2015, with the intention that an improved version would be launched again in the near future.

Additionally, another scheme – The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme – was launched alongside the Green Deal. It put an obligation on the big energy companies to fund home energy improvements; in order to help low-income households, people living in older properties and low-income communities.

Unfortunately for both schemes, some unscrupulous businesses saw this as a good opportunity to make money by taking advantage of unwary consumers.

As a result many thousands of home owners now regularly receive nuisance telephone calls or door-to-door salespeople, offering free home improvements, and claiming to represent the ‘Government’ or ‘local Council’.

On the face of it, they appear to be a really good deal. If you can demonstrate that you are in receipt of some form of benefit such as Pension Credit, Income Support, or Child Tax Credit, the firm will send out a ‘surveyor’ to come and assess your home and recommend the best solution; which will then be installed for free.

Unfortunately the surveyors often turn out to be little more than salespeople, with no specific home energy knowledge. If it turns out you’re not eligible for free improvements, they will often try and sell you a heating system or other form of home improvement, regardless as to whether it would make the promised improvement to efficiency.

Gary Webster, Senior Trading Standards Officer with Cornwall Council said “Our Fair Trading team has seen a rise in the number of cases being reported through Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline. In many of the cases notified to us, the recommended energy solutions have been inadequate for the size or nature of the property.

We’ve heard of homes being harder to keep warm as a result, particularly where entire heating systems have been installed. It suggests that not enough care is being taken to properly assess the household needs.

There have been reported cases where the homeowners, who are sometimes elderly or vulnerable, receive no help or guidance on how to use the new system or set their heating correctly. Where they have tried to complain, they are ignored or fobbed-off by the installers – who are often based hundreds of miles away, with no intention of dealing constructively with complaints.

In some instances, no paperwork has been left at the property, so the homeowner isn’t actually clear who it was that carried out the work.”

If you are thinking of improving the energy efficiency of your home then Trading Standards would suggest the following advice:

  • Avoid agreeing to anything as a result of an unsolicited phone call or knock at the door.
  • Be extremely wary if the caller claims to working on behalf of the Government or Council.
  • Seek advice from Community Energy Plus (see details below); they are a social enterprise, based in Cornwall, who can provide a wealth of information on home energy improvements and energy bill reduction. They can also refer you to local installers who may be able to undertake any necessary works.
  • If you experience any problems, seek advice at an early stage. The Citizens Advice Consumer Service can provide telephone or email support in dealing with complaints and, in serious cases, may refer the matter to Trading Standards.

For more information about how to make energy savings in the home:

Community Energy Plus – www.cep.org.uk – 0800 954 1956

For complaints about installers of home energy saving products:

Citizens Advice Consumer Service – www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer

03454 04 05 06

If you have a complaint about your energy supplier that cannot be resolved via their own complaints procedure:

OFGEM – www.ofgem.gov.uk  – 020 7901 7295

For winter wellbeing advice:

Cornwall Council – www.cornwall.gov.uk/winterwellbeing – 0800 954 1956 (provided through Community Energy Plus)

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