New powers help Cornwall Council and Police tackle criminal private landlords

July 17th, 2018 by
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Safer Towns Delivery

July 12th, 2018 by

In April 2018 our Safer Towns Scheme successfully launched in ten towns, which expanded on the scheme originally in place in St Austell, Truro, Newquay and Penzance.

The aim of Safer Towns is to improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by targeting persistent problem places and people within the geographical areas and work with communities, partners and the business and voluntary sectors to develop sustainable solutions.

Applying an evidence based approach, the local partnerships have been developing their delivery plans that are focused on activity that will respond to:

o   The Safer Town Profiles (annual refresh);

o   Cornwall Residents Survey (4 yearly);

o   ‘Have Your Say’ Survey and other engagement mechanisms (6 monthly);

o   Adverse trends in crime and anti-social behaviour and other community safety issues as evidenced through the Safer Cornwall Performance Framework.

Since the launch events in April, the Safer Town partnerships have met and there have been two multi-agency operational groups implemented to deal with emerging concerns within Truro and Penzance. There has been an increase in outreach support and patrols from Devon and Cornwall Police and our Anti-Social Behaviour Team. The support and enforcement agencies meet regularly to continue to share current knowledge about individuals and ensure a joint response and support is in place for them. A multi-agency sub-group is being pulled together to focus on serious organised crime/dangerous drug networks.

The Safer Towns have also undertaken four community action days and a walkabout, which was specifically organised to reassure businesses and the public that action is being taken, to encourage people to report any concerns and explain how to report.  Several Safer Towns have also engaged with the public at various events including Cornwall County Show.  Further community action days are planned for the ten towns and we would welcome your involvement.

We have been working with services across the Council to resolve local issues and understand the best way to deal with concerns of community safety. Over the next six months we will be looking at specific concerns within our local areas whilst embedding the partnerships and delivering tangible outcomes in the towns.

 

 

If you would like to find out more please contact Community Safety on communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk

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Suspected drug related death and hospitalisations in Camborne

July 7th, 2018 by

There’s no quality control with illegal drugs. You can never be sure what’s in a pill or powder– even if someone tells you what’s in it, they might be wrong – and you don’t know how you will react to a particular drug or particular dose. Everyone is different and drugs can affect people in different ways. Some pills are more powerful than others and could make you seriously ill, and some are lethal as Shakira’s tragic death shows.

Public Health England Advice to the public

  • If you have decided you are going to take a drug, try a small amount of it first and wait at least an hour to see what the effect is before considering taking any more. Some drugs, including those commonly found in ecstasy, have a delayed effect, so you run an even greater risk of overdose if you top up too soon because it doesn’t yet seem to be working.
  • If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down. Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour.
  • The risk of overdose is much higher when substances are mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Don’t take multiple substances or mix with alcohol at the same time.
  • If you’ve taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it. If the problem doesn’t improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help. You won’t be reported to the police.
  • If you want to talk to someone in confidence, you can contact Addaction Cornwall on 0333 2000325
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Campaign aims to reduce suicides on Cornwall’s coastline

July 5th, 2018 by

Cornwall Samaritans and Cornwall Coastsafe group have teamed up to support suicidal people as part of the #Coastsafe campaign.

Representatives from a wide range of agencies including police, fire and community safety, coastguard, the RNLI and Environment Agency and the Samaritans met earlier this year at a #Coastsafe forum to discuss ideas on how to reduce fatalities around water including interventions for those suffering and thinking of self-harm.

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A large proportion of the numbers of people losing their lives around our coasts are those who suicide.  #Coastsafe is about getting partners to work together to the same aim of reducing harm on our coastlines and suicide statistics are of increasing concern.

A/PS Andy Mulhern stated; “Collaboration is key to reducing fatalities around the waters of the UK, not just with emergency services but with charities, communities, individuals and society as a whole.”

As a result Samaritans contact boards have been placed at up to 30 appropriate coastal locations to raise awareness of the charity and to hopefully provide support for people to contact in their time of need.

Samaritans can be contacted by telephone FREE 24/7 on 116 123 or e-mail jo@samaritans.org

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Campaign to raise awareness of County Lines

July 4th, 2018 by

County Lines

Know the signs

Police have today, Tuesday 3 July, launched a campaign to raise awareness of County Lines and how the public can help spot the signs of such criminal activity ongoing in their community.

County Lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines. The gangs are likely to exploit children or vulnerable adults to move and store drugs and they will often use coercion.

This is a national trend and there are criminal gangs using the County Lines operating model across Devon and Cornwall.

The Force’s County Lines lead, Detective Superintendent Antony Hart, said: “This week we are launching our County Lines campaign and as part of our ongoing commitment in tackling this nationwide phenomenon, we are now appealing to the public to spot the signs within their communities.

“Our recent policing activity over the last year shows that our counties are not a safe haven for drugs supply chains and anyone coming to the area intending to be involved in drugs will face prosecution.

“We have teams across the force area who focus on disrupting these drugs supply lines and on protecting the vulnerable people who become victims of crime. We also work closely with other forces, regionally and nationally, as well as the Regional Organised Crime Unit, to share intelligence and best practice to target drug suppliers.

“Neighbourhood teams and response officers are regularly patrolling areas that are used for ‘street dealing’ creating an environment where there is no safe place left to hide.

“County Lines gangs will often target children and young people, women and vulnerable adults to deliver drugs and money between locations.

“An operating base is also an essential feature of the County Lines criminal model. Gangs will regularly exploit vulnerable people, forcing them to build up a debt or using threats of violence in order to take over a person’s home, a practice known as ‘cuckooing’.

“Police have worked to identify people who may be either susceptible to, or victims of, drugs networks who use their homes to ‘set-up shop’. Once into the address drug dealers use this as a base to run their activity for short periods of time before moving on.

“Any address that has previously been used is entered onto a database and then visited by Neighbourhood teams. This relies on good working relationships between local partners, housing providers and tenants. This process also provides opportunities for rehabilitation and rehousing to break the cycle of vulnerability and offending where relevant.

“By consistently visiting people in our community we aim to reduce the risk of people becoming repeat victims of cuckooing and to continue to build the intelligence picture to ensure that other people are not put at risk of harm from Organised Crime Groups.

“We have continued to keep up this level of activity and in 2018 have continued to visit addresses where ‘live’ cuckooing is suspected to be taking place.

“We recognise that County Lines drug supply is a problem that cannot be solved by the police alone. We will continue to work with our partner agencies and our communities to tackle the issue, sending a clear message to drug suppliers that they are not welcome in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

Signs to look out for:

A young person’s involvement in county lines often leaves signs, below are some of the indicators of county lines involvement and exploitation:

  • A child or young person going missing from school or home or significant changes in emotional well-being
  • A person meeting unfamiliar adults or a change to their behaviour
  • The use of drugs and alcohol
  • Acquiring money or expensive gifts they can’t account for
  • Lone children from outside of the area
  • Individuals with multiple mobile phones or tablets or ‘SIM cards’
  • Young people with more money, expensive clothing, or accessories than they can account for
  • Unknown or suspicious looking characters coming and going from a neighbour’s house
  • Relationships with controlling or older individuals or associated with gangs
  • Suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained injuries

Gangs may also target women who tend to be drug users or have engaged in a relationship with a gang member. They can become victims of sexual and domestic violence and can also be coerced into delivery drugs or money for the gang.

Vulnerable adults who are in financial difficulties or who have mental health problems are usually the most likely victim of cuckooing.

What can you do?

If you have concerns surrounding children, follow safeguarding procedures and share your concerns with local authority social care services.

If you are being affected by any of the above or know someone who is then contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101.

Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Further information on County Lines can be found on our website: www.dc.police.uk/countylines

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Cornwall Blue Light Day set to welcome more than 750 people with a learning disability and/or autism

July 2nd, 2018 by
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Raising awareness of responsibilities when running a holiday let

July 2nd, 2018 by

Newquay Community Fire Station is running an initiative this year aimed at holiday let property management companies and online holiday management organisations; like airbnb. The purpose is to educate and inform hosts of their responsibilities under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which makes you responsible for taking steps to protect the people using your property or home from risk of fire. This initiative is not restricted to summer months, so if you know of anyone that lets their property in this way and think they may be unsure of the legal requirements, we have created some guidance to inform and educate them.

If anyone that has a holiday let and enquires about the information they have seen / heard from our initiative, could you please take any details and forward them onto Mark Henwood at Newquay to help with the evaluation of this initiative.

The following list contains some of the fire precautions that maybe expected.  Expectations are risk based, and will depend upon the number of rooms, layout, travel distances and building construction.

  • A fire risk assessment must be completed.
  • Interlinked automatic fire detection throughout (grade D or F LD2).
  • Emergency lighting or torches that come one automatically when the power fails Solid fitting internal doors, ideally FD30S (high risk rooms).
  • Are the means of escape adequate for the premises?
  • External fire escape doors are simple to operate, and do not require a key.
  • Fire action notices (with postcode and six figure grid reference).
  • Multi-purpose extinguishers, fire blanket.
  • Furniture compliant with the Furniture and Furnishing Regulations 1998.
  • Carbon Monoxide detection (if hazards have been identified).
  • Chimneys, wood burners well maintained.
  • Barbecue fire safety and carbon monoxide advice for visitors.
  • Servicing records (fire alarm, gas, electric etc).
  • This checklist is not exhaustive and you should refer to the ‘Do you have Paying Guests’ guide for more information which can be found at: cornwall.gov.uk/holidaylet

For any further information please contact Orange or Black Watch at Newquay Community Fire Station 01637 854015 or email:
Mark Henwood – mhenwood@fire.cornwall.gov.uk
Lee Beresford – lberesford@fire.cornwall.gov.uk.

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INTEGRATED DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE

July 1st, 2018 by

INTEGRATED DOMESTIC ABUSE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE: CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

Service details and referral guidelines

  

The new, comprehensive, county-wide, Adult, Children and Young People’s Integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence community service, delivered jointly by First Light and Barnardo’s , commences  1st July 2018.

All services are free of charge.

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Independent Sexual Violence Advisory services remain the same.

The new Service provides a wide range of education, early intervention and prevention services and expert support for victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence and their families.  The service includes:

Crisis response

The service offers a single point of contact for domestic abuse in the county and an Independent Domestic Violence Advisory provision.  This includes risk assessment, safety planning, individual advocacy, advice and guidance.

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Recovery Toolkits for Adults, Children and Young People

The Recovery Toolkits provide a specialist recovery-oriented and programmatic intervention for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.  This includes community support groups.

Domestic Abuse Prevention Programme

Domestic abuse prevention programmes will be offered for men and women who display abusive behaviour in their relationships, to increase safety to their non-abusive partners and children.

Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic support is available for adults, children and young people who have either recently experience Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence, or recently concluded their engagement with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.  Group-based therapy and Pre-trial counselling will also be available.

How to refer

Telephone: 0300 777 4 777

For professional requiring advice and information prior to making a referral using the online referral form: 01872 241 711

Online referral via the First Light website https://www.firstlight.org.uk/make-a-referral/

Healthy Relationships Schools Programme

Healthy Relationships training is delivered to primary and secondary schools in partnership with Brook supporting education leaders to create whole school approaches and to champion Healthy Relationships as core to their PHSE curriculum.

The programmes are tailored to be age appropriate and aim to equip students with the skills to develop healthy and respectful relationships. Critically, the programme seeks to develop young people as ambassadors for promoting healthy relationships in their school environments as they are best placed to influence long term change.  This service will commence in October 2018.

Enquiries and bookings for Healthy Relationships:

 Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Workforce Development Training

Domestic abuse and sexual violence training packages to suit a wide range of professional needs.  Further information and bookings can be accessed via the following links: 

 A new link to Eventbrite and a full refreshed programme of domestic abuse and sexual violence training will be distributed in the Autumn.

 

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FGM Awareness Day 15th June

May 14th, 2018 by

Due to the increased interest from last year’s FGM sessions, we are delighted to share with you an FGM Awareness Day.

We have guest speakers from outside agencies, including Lucy Njomo who is going to share ‘her story’.

The day is going to be split into two halves, please book onto one session. See poster attached for booking details.

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CoastSafe goes from strength to strength

May 14th, 2018 by

The #CoastSafe initiative to reduce the number of deaths on the Cornish coast is going into its second year with new partners sharing each other’s safety messages across all their social media followers.

The first #CoastSafe forum, held at Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service headquarters in Tolvaddon in April, welcomed partners from a diverse range of agencies. They discussed water safety campaigns and initiatives and joint training opportunities.  Cornwall Samaritans have joined the partnership with the aim of spreading awareness of the work they do to support people suffering from mental ill health who are at risk of taking their own lives around our coastline.

The #CoastSafe collaboration now consists of Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS), Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (CSRT), Surf Life Saving GB, Royal Life Saving Society, Cornwall Samaritans, South West Ambulance Service and the Environment Agency.

#Coastsafe was instigated by PC Andy Mulhern following the traffic death of a father and his two-year-old daughter when they were swept into the sea off a Newquay beach.  Primarily based on Twitter, the @CoastSafe_DandC account attracted 35,000 people to one tweet last year and it is hoped these Twitter users went on to share the message with their networks.

Background information

#CoastSafe was launched at Newquay Harbour in July 2017 with a demonstration of the RNLIs FLOAT to live message as part of their #RespectTheWater campaign. In December the #CoastSafe collaboration joined forces in Falmouth to support the Royal Lifesaving Society’s #DontDrinkandDrown campaign with instructors from CFRS, HM Coastguard Rescue Team, CSRT and RNLI, teaching restaurant and pub staff how to throw lines. Lines were given to four of the licensed premises around Custom House Quay to use in an emergency.

The agencies have shared a range of educational videos via the @CoastSafe_DandC twitter account. They are aimed at identifying what each partner’s capabilities are, what type of incidents they deal with and also share key safety and awareness messages

These include interviews with Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedics; a Swift Water Rescue Technician training with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service; interviews with firefighters about the dangers of cold water shock, tombstoning and mud; a tour around HM Coastguard Rescue 924; advice from Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team and Coastguard Operations Centre staff about calling 999 and requesting the Coastguard in any emergency on the coast.

#CoastSafe

 

 

 

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