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
  • 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)

To report noise nuisance

Contact the Environmental Protection Team by calling 0300 1234 212 or by e-mail

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: