Safer Towns One Year On

March 8th, 2019 by

Our Safer Towns Scheme, developed and coordinated by our Community Safety Team, facilitates and supports a coordinated multi-agency approach to community safety issues, to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups. The partnerships work to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour. The scheme was launched last April with full governance developed for each of the towns which include; Penzance, Camborne and Redruth, Falmouth, Truro, Newquay, St Austell, Bodmin, Saltash and Liskeard. The team have successfully established the new Safer Towns and broadened the remit of the three Safer Towns which were already in existence.

An enormous amount of work has taken place over the last year to establish partnership arrangements and develop delivery plans based on crime information provided by our Amethyst Team through Town Profiles and feedback from the Cornwall Council Residents Survey.  New Town Profiles have recently been provided to the Safer Towns with delivery plans for 2019/20 being developed currently to account for changes in crime trends and also emerging issues for next year.

The scheme was supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with £5,000 allocated to each town. Partners have reviewed priorities and put forward proposals for how the funding should be spent locally. There are a number of new exciting projects, campaigns and outcomes which have been delivered in 2018/19 and will be put in place during 2019/20 through the support of the PCC.

All Safer Towns meet on a regular basis to share current intelligence, raise concerns and deal with emerging dynamic issues collectively. A key factor in the success of the scheme is the wide membership of the groups, which include; public, private and voluntary organisations; who are able to feed in local intelligence and local issues. Each town is unique with different community safety priorities, however there have also been a number of initiatives which have been rolled out through all the Safer Towns.

A shoplifting prevention briefing presented by Devon and Cornwall Police’s Crime Prevention Officer has been organised for all Safer Towns, this provides practical information to local businesses and security teams of how to protect themselves from thefts. It also included information on evidence collection and the process around this. We received positive feedback from the sessions run to date and look to run more sessions in the future.

Blue Light Training has been provided to three pilot towns across the County; Penzance, St Austell and Bodmin. Blue Light supports individuals who are change resistant, problematic drug and alcohol users not engaged with treatment, regularly presenting to emergency services. A multi-agency meeting in each of the towns will provide a mechanism to discuss individuals on a regular basis to collectively provide full support.

A large focus for a number of the towns has been concerns around street drinking and vulnerable individuals; awareness work to ensure the public and communities are aware of local support and who to report concerns to has been extremely important in ensuring the right agencies are informed. Multi-agency walkabouts has been effective in providing reassurance to the public and businesses, targeting specific areas where we have been receiving complaints/concerns raised.

Brief overview of a few of the key initiatives which have been delivered in the towns;

  • Agreement to develop and open a town centre community safety hub accessible to the public in Penzance. The lease has been secured by Cornwall Council Nov 2018. Fire Safety assessment and remedial work in progress.
  • A 12 month pilot has been jointly funded by Penzance Town Council and Cornwall Council for an ASB Caseworker specific to Penzance. This post will be recruited to in March.
  • Agreed siting of two sharps bins in the Camborne both bins will be funded from the PCC Safer Town seed funding.
  • Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth have facilitated a review of local service provision for young people in the area. It has identified the need for a youth café in the Redruth area which will provide a safe space for local young people to go. This is still in the planning process; Safer Towns funding for Redruth will contribute to the opening of Redruth Youth Café, the facility will open in September 2019
  • In Redruth, Police and Community Safety staff are piloting monthly joint surgeries for the public regarding ASB concerns
  • Safer Camborne, Safer Redruth and Safer Penzance have held awareness days in each of the towns in order to promote activity regarding anti-social behaviour and crime to reassure public and raise awareness of partnership working in the area;
  • Shop Watch has been introduced to businesses in Redruth and Camborne, which allows shop staff to communicate with each other with the aim to reduce shoplifting by identifying prolific offenders. This is still in its infancy but training from the police prevention officer will be commencing in early 2019.
  • Safer Falmouth provided information to members of the public at Gyllyngvase Beach following public safety concerns. The events were held to provide awareness of the risk to others from leaving barbeques on the beach, as well as the harmful environmental impact.
  • Following an incident of drink spiking Safer Falmouth ran an awareness campaign to local residents. The partnership provided leaflets to households throughout Falmouth outlining how to keep safe whilst drinking as well as offering safety equipment for bottles. Falmouth University and Exeter University also provided awareness to students on the What Will Your Drink Cost campaign.
  • Truro Safe have conducted two walkabouts throughout the City, providing businesses with key contact information, as well as the opportunity to raise any concerns and find out about the work of the partnership.
  • Following concerns of access for emergency services due to poorly parked vehicles blocking roads within Killigrew Gardens, St Erme, Truro Safe; led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, implemented the Think Before You Park initiative. Partners visited households throughout the area and left leaflets highlighting the responsibility drivers have to ensure that roads are accessible and the implications, if this is not considered, on emergency service response.
  • Truro Safe continues to have donation boxes available throughout the City which supports those within the City who are homeless. The partnership was pleased to provide sleeping bags and fund two outreach worker packs using the latest donations from members of the public.
  • Safer St Austell visited residents of St Blazey in August to discuss local issues following concerns that had been made and provide information on support available. Residents reiterated their concerns; which included noise nuisance. The walkabout was successful with approximately 27 households engaged. The partnership also spoke to young people in the community to understand what concerns they have and how these may be addressed. The partnership will be looking into the feedback that was provided and potential changes that could be made, which could positively impact on the issues faced by the community.
  • Further work needed to take place regarding public perception of crime within St Austell; Safer St Austell has updated the Communications Plan to take account of this priority. The objectives continue to be to promote successes and the work of the partnership, target engagement to best address concerns of safety and ensure negative concerns are addressed swiftly and effectively. The group have increased articles for local publications and the website along with social media posts. They have also updated the Community Action Days calendar for 2018/19 to promote the work of the partnership and support services including a very successful Sleep Out Event which raised awareness of homelessness. A new scheme was also introduced following this event to support the local homeless charity and promote signposting.
  • Safer Bodmin has received a full briefing on current county lines activity in the Town from the Police Intelligence Directorate. The group has prioritised raising public awareness of this complex crime and will focus on vulnerability and building resilience.
  • Mapping the services available in Bodmin against the nine reducing reoffending pathways is underway. Once any gaps have been identified it is Safer Bodmin’s ambition to influence and potentially fund services to meet the local needs.
  • Safer Bodmin have supported the Berryfields Community Centre and agreed to contribute towards the funding of this vital youth provision in the town. Planning is also underway on a youth focused event with the Bodmin Watch; this event will be based on the Junior Life Skills events and will incorporate an art work competition with the pupils from Bodmin College.  Additionally, during March 2019 Safer Bodmin will run a survey with pupils from Bodmin College to seek their views on community safety in the town and what activities they engage with and would want to see in Bodmin.  The results of this survey will inform future plans for 2019.20.
  • In Saltash there have been a number of sessions delivered to pupils and parents of Saltash.net School to raise awareness about drug misuse. These have included sessions on the impact of drug use from the police as well as harm reduction / mental health education delivered from YZUP (young persons’ substance misuse service). Safer Saltash have been working closely with Saltash.net secondary school and have recently supported their BeWell whole school drop down day focused on mental wellbeing.
  • Safer Saltash have met with the Tamar Bridge Committee to discuss the issue of people completing suicide off the Tamar Bridge. Further work in partnership with the Committee will now take place with a focus on suicide prevention. Additionally, a recent presentation at a Safer Saltash meeting from the Public Health Healthy Promotions team resulted in a decision by the group to offer a ‘Suicide Talk’ (3 hours) to a multi-disciplined group in Saltash focusing on businesses and community groups (up to 90 delegates).  Following on from this, a core group will be identified and trained in ASIST (2 days) and become Suicide First Aiders.
  • Safer Saltash identified ASB as a priority area; the group have focused on this and supported the Core’s successful OPCC bid for ‘The Friday Night Project’ and provided funding for the Saltmill initiative for young people.  Saltash has a current seasonal issue with tombstoning and work is underway to revise a leaflet containing safety advice on tombstoning and letters have been sent from Safer Saltash to Network Rail regarding concerns over access to the Network Rail owned pillar where young people are tombstoning from.  The group have also agreed to part fund a body worn camera for the local ASB caseworker.  The group are also exploring the opportunity for the Town and Waterfront Wardens to be granted Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) powers.
  • Safer Liskeard has made an evidence based decision to purchase a needle disposal unit to be located outside the Town Council owned Sungirt Toilets. A local arrangement has been reached with regards to the safe emptying and disposal of the clinical waste and signage and comms are currently being developed to support this initiative.
  • Safer Liskeard supported National Domestic Abuse week and held a successful public engagement event at Liskeard Community Hospital on 30th November 18. The Healthy Relationships Programme has been delivered in Liskeard Secondary School and the group will be utilising some of the OPCC funding to purchase mobile phones and personal attack alarms for Domestic Abuse victims in the town.  These crime prevention/safety resources will be managed by the IDVA locally.
  • The Safer Liskeard team have identified Castle Park as an area for environmental improvement activity and have conducted a site visit to the area. This activity aims to promote residents taking pride in their town whilst improving feelings of safety and will complement the soon to be reformed ‘Friends of Castle Park’ group.  The work will include targeted multi-agency outreach; consultation with residents; fundraising for play equipment; organised activities in the park; a link to the Time Credits project and CRC unpaid work involvement in remedial work in the park.

What’s coming up?

  • Blue Light Scheme to be implemented across all towns;
  • Specialist Youth Programme led by our Phoenix Team developed to support young people involved with crime and potentially deter them through engagement;
  • Community Action Days to be completed for 2019 including a youth engagement event in Bodmin, joint Engagement events with the OPCC in all Safer Towns and walkabouts within most of the Safer Towns;
  • Initial scoping work is now taking place for a diversity festival in Bodmin to celebrate multi-cultural food and music. The purpose of this work is to build community resilience, break down barriers and promote cohesion.
  • Safer Liskeard will have a community safety stand at Liskeard Community Fair on Saturday 30th March; and Safer Saltash will be at the Saltash Regatta. These events will involve all partners and the OPCC road show van and will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with residents and to understand their needs in relation to crime, disorder and community safety.
  • Truro Safe signage to be fitted at various locations across Truro, providing information on support services;
  • Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence campaign for Truro to be piloted;
  • A number of campaigns to be developed in Newquay including; drug litter, thefts, water safety concerns;
  • Review of noise nuisance complaints 2018 and contact procedure for complaints for Falmouth;
  • working with Heartlands (Pool) business manager, residents and partner agencies to set up a Residents Community Safety Group;
  • young people’s services networking event to be held in Camborne
  • a focus on business engagement and training in Penzance
  • Mobile CCTV camera usage being investigated in Penzance and Redruth.
  • a focused countywide campaign to encourage reporting of crime and ASB to the appropriate numbers

We want to thank all the partners who have been involved with the schemes and continue to support the work of the partnership. If you would like to find out more about a particularly Safer Town please visit https://safercornwall.co.uk/safer-towns/ or email communitysafety@cornwall.gov.uk.  Please follow East Cornwall Community Safety Officer on Twitter here  https://twitter.com/LucyAllison_CSO

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Partnership working secures two closure orders on premises in Penzance & St Ives

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Action on persistent anti-social behaviour in Penzance continues

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Safer Liskeard

December 10th, 2018 by

Six months after the launch of Safer Liskeard, the town is already seeing the benefits of bringing its community safety partners together.

The group includes representatives from Cornwall Council, Liskeard Town Council, the police, fire service, and other agencies, who have targeted a set of key priorities to help improve community safety and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Based on the findings from the residents’ survey and crime data the team have identified four key priorities to tackle in the coming months:

  1. Problem drug use/dangerous drug networks/county lines/cuckooing and the associated violence
  2. Domestic abuse
  3. Taking Pride in Liskeard and improved feelings of safety
  4. Comms, community engagement and building community resilience

Some steps have already been taken, including a plan to install a ‘sharps bin’ for drug litter outside the Sungirt toilets in the town.

The team also took part in Op Aident in September, which involved multi agency site visits to hotels and B&Bs in the town centre to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and how to spot the signs.

Safer Liskeard also had a multi-agency stand at Liskeard Community Hospital during national Domestic Abuse week.

Future action will focus on a Community Safety Section at Liskeard Community Fair in March 2019, police-led shoplifting prevention training for local businesses in January and concentrated partnership activity in areas highlighted as problematic and targeted outreach with young people will take place.

Lucy Allison, Community Safety Officer for East Cornwall said:  “In the six months since its launch, Safer Liskeard has been engaging with the public and partners to see where our focus should be in the town, and we have already identified some key areas for action.

“Liskeard is a fantastic place to live and work, and we want to ensure it remains that way, and to help residents grow an even stronger feeling of pride in the town.

Residents and businesses… Report It!

If people experience anti-social behaviour; email 101@dc.police.uk, telephone 101 or use contact form here 

In an emergency call 999

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Safer St Austell sleep out in solidarity

December 7th, 2018 by

Spending a night under the stars may seem like a good idea during the summer, but a group of community workers got a glimpse of the grim reality of homelessness at a special event in St Austell last night.

Officers from the Safer St Austell team spent the night at White River Place protected only by sleeping bags and cardboard.

The event was organised to highlight the issue of homelessness, as well as to help promote the local support services available and to demonstrate how well individuals are supported within St Austell.

 

The group, which included representatives from Addaction, Cosgarne Hall, SAHA Freshstart, Cornwall Council’s Community Safety, Localism and Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Mayor Gary King, Deputy Mayor Tim Styles and Cornwall Councillor James Mustoe slept out between 10pm and 6am, enduring a long damp night.

Helen Catherall, Addaction worker, said: “Homelessness is a sign. It tells us that there has been a crisis or that there is an underlying issue. Ironically, homelessness is barrier to accessing support when it’s needed the most. This is why it is so important to report rough sleeping to Streetlink either via their online reporting system or by telephoning Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 to ensure support is offered.”

Gareth Bray, Chairman of Cosgarne Hall Board of Trustees, said: “St Austell has a long history supporting those who are homeless going back to the 1800s and we are pleased to be involved with the sleep out to continue to raise awareness around support services. We want to highlight that although we are raising awareness through this event those who have attended had a choice to sleep out whereas those who are homeless do not have this choice.”

Sue James, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for environment and public protection, said:  “Homelessness is an issue we are determined to tackle, and events such as this help raise awareness of the problem.

“It is vital we do all we can to encourage people to contact Streetlink if you see anyone sleeping on the streets. The sooner we are informed, the quicker we can offer the support that these vulnerable people need.”

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).
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Partial Premises Closure in Camborne

December 7th, 2018 by

A team of agencies have worked in partnership to secure a partial closure of a premises in Camborne.

Those involved were members of the Camborne, Pool and Redruth Neighbourhood Policing Team, Coastline Housing Association and Anti-social Behaviour Caseworker Dorian Thomas.

The closure was applied for in response to a catalogue of reports of crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder at the address which was having a significant impact on its neighbours.  Efforts were made to engage with the tenant of the address, offering support to help address the issues at the root of the problems before an application for a closure was decided upon.

The partial closure that has been granted allows the only the tenant to have access to the property.  As the recorded incidents all involved visitors to the address, the hope is that this will prevent further issues and give local residents the ability to enjoys their homes without feeling scared, intimidated and being disturbed at all hours of the day and night.

Police and partner agencies are able to draw on a broad range of powers and legislation to tackle the whole spectrum of issues associated with anti-social behaviour.  The first step is always for members of the public to talk to report issues that are affecting them.  This can be done online at www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or by calling 101

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Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

December 7th, 2018 by

On 31st October 2018, Cornwall Magistrates Court granted a 2 year Criminal Behaviour Order on Mr Christopher Aaron German with the following prohibitions:

MUST NOT:

  1. ENTER OR ATTEMPT TO ENTER PREMISES WHICH YOU ARE BANNED FROM.
  • SUPERDRUG 5-9 TRELOWARREN STREET CAMBORNE TR14 8AD
  • TESCO STORES, STATION ROAD POOL REDRUTH TR15 3QJ.
  • MORRISONS, AGAR ROAD, ILLOGAN HIGHWAY, POOL, REDRUTH TR15 3NH
  1. REMAIN IN ANY COMMERCIAL PREMISES IN CORNWALL IF ASKED TO LEAVE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF, MANAGER OR PREMISES OWNER.

CBO – Order Poster – Aaron

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Safer Penzance act on concerns in Town Centre

November 15th, 2018 by

Safer Penzance has been made aware of a number of concerns regarding a small group of individuals and incidents of anti-social behaviour escalating from an empty shop doorway in the town centre.

 

Penzance BID, Cornwall Council and partners have been exploring all options to effectively tackle the situation. The Police continued to visit the area on a regular basis and issued a section 35 order on one individual who was dispersed from the town on Friday.

This morning Cornwall Council in partnership with Cormac and Devon & Cornwall Police, have temporarily secured the area outside of the shop front by fencing off a small sheltered space to prevent further incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Cornwall Councillor Tim Dwelly stated “I spoke to the managers of the site today, Lee Baron Group. As a result, they are planning to fully secure the covered portico space in front of the former Dorothy Perkins, with secure access including a locked door. The Council’s temporary fencing will therefore help protect the site until this work is finished, which should be very soon.

“My understanding is that there is now an offer on the building so I hope it will soon be brought back into productive use. The behaviour of those occupying the space over recent weeks has been completely unacceptable. Penzance does not tolerate anti-social behaviour. It also supports people with genuine needs. There is a winter night shelter available for rough sleepers. I can assure residents that the Council, the BID, the Police and councillors have been working extremely hard to deal with this situation. We won’t let up on making Penzance safe and tackling behaviour that blights the town centre. Unfortunately simple solutions are often not available. Both the Police and Council have to operate within their legal powers.”

St Petroc’s, Addaction and partners will continue to work with the individuals affected, with extensive work taking place to support and offer suitable accommodation options, safeguard individuals and take appropriate action to reduce any further concerns.

Members of the public are encouraged to continue reporting incidents of ASB as they occur as it gives the police the opportunity to respond and deal with the incidents as they occur. In addition these reports are used as evidence to support action and prosecution against those causing ASB problems in the Town.

Safer Penzance continues to encourage people to report all incidents and concerns.

To report Street Drinking and ASB

Please ensure that all incidents are reported to, and logged with, the police directly

  • Email 101@dc.police.uk
  • Call 101 to contact the Police (non-emergency) or 999 if you have serious immediate concerns.

To notify the council of rough sleepers

  • Please report via StreetLink (leaflet attached). StreetLink is a 24/7 website, mobile app and phone line, which allows you to send an alert about the location of someone sleeping rough.

To ask for rubbish, refuse, littering, and needles to be cleared

  • Report It” pages on the council website (as when reported in this way incidents are monitored for action and you will get an update of the progress of anything reported using this system)

https://secure.cornwall.gov.uk/selfservice/citizenportal/form.aspx?form=Report_Fly_Tipping&tmpl=Report_Fly_Tipping

To report noise nuisance

Contact the Environmental Protection Team by calling 0300 1234 212 or by e-mail publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk

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Criminal Behaviour Order

November 8th, 2018 by

CBO – Order Poster – Mr Russell Desmond 081018

On 08 October 2018, Cornwall Magistrates Court granted a Criminal Behaviour Order on Mr Russell Desmond with the following prohibitions:

MUST NOT:

1. ENGAGE IN, THREATEN TO ENGAGE IN CONDUCT THAT CAUSES OR IS CAPABLE OF CAUSING A NUISANCE, ANNOYANCE, AND ALARM TO ANY PERSON OR PERSONS WHICH MAY CAUSE THEM TO FEAR FOR THEIR SAFETY IN CORNWALL.

2. BE IN POSSESSION OF AN OPEN CONTAINER OR CONSUME ALCOHOL IN PUBLIC AREA DESIGNATED BY A PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDER (PSPO) AND AREAS WHERE THE PUBLIC HAVE ACCESS TO IN CAMBORNE. (As bounded on the attached map)

3. REFUSE TO SURRENDER ANY OPEN CONTAINER CONTAINING ALCOHOL WHEN REQUESTED TO DO SO BY A POLICE OFFICER OR A POLICE COMMUNITY SUPPORT OFFICER (PCSO) IN CORNWALL.

4. ENTER OR ATTEMPT TO ENTER COMMERCIAL SQUARE CAMBORNE WHILST IN A STATE OF DRUNKENNESS. (As bounded on the attached map)

5. REMAIN IN ANY COMMERCIAL PREMISES IF ASKED TO LEAVE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF, MANAGER OR PREMISES OWN IN THE AREA OF CORNWALL

Duration of the Criminal Behaviour Order. 2 Years

Any relevant information should be passed to:
Police Non Emergency – 101
Police Emergency – 999
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers

 

 

 

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Criminal Behaviour Order

November 8th, 2018 by

CBO – Order Poster – Chris German 311018

On the 31 October 2018, Cornwall Magistrates Court granted a Criminal Behaviour Order on Christopher Aaron German with the following prohibitions:

MUST NOT:
1. ENTER OR ATTEMPT TO ENTER PREMISES WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN BANNED FROM

 SUPERDRUG. 5 – 9, TRELOWARREN STREET, CAMBORNE, CORNWALL TR14 8AD

 TESCO STORES, STATION ROAD, POOL, REDRUTH, CORNWALL, TR15 3QJ

 MORRISONS, AGAR ROAD, ILLOGAN HIGHWAY POOL, REDRUTH, CORNWALL, TR15 3NH

2. REMAIN IN ANY COMMERCIAL PREMISES IF ASKED TO LEAVE BY A MEMBER OF STAFF, MANAGER OR PREMISES OWNER IN THE AREA OF CORNWALL

Duration of the Criminal Behaviour Order: 2 years

Any relevant information should be passed to:

Police Non Emergency – 101
Police Emergency – 999
Alternatively you can contact Crime stoppers anonymously
on 0800 555111

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