Safer Camborne and Plymouth Argyle Team Up to Host Sports Event for Young People

November 8th, 2019 by

Safer Camborne joined up with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust to deliver a fun one-day event this October half-term for young people aged 8-16 in the Camborne area.

On 24 October a full day of sports including handball, football, rugby and more was delivered to young people in the Camborne area by the highly skilled coaches at PAFC Community Trust. The day, paid for with funds from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, also gave young people the opportunity to meet with some of the fantastic agencies who provide support for young people locally including the Penwith Community Development Trust, Headstart Kernow, Addaction YZUP, Cornwall Fire & Rescue, Devon and Cornwall Police and Camborne Town Council.

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More than 150 anti-social behaviour logs

November 6th, 2019 by

More than 150 anti-social behaviour logs for a Falmouth family has led to joint action being taken by Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon & Cornwall Police.

Three family members and another individual became subject to injunctions from Truro Magistrates after the court heard “overwhelming evidence” of the anti-social and criminal behaviour exhibited by the group of four in the Falmouth area.

A police spokesman said: “The group came to attention particularly in the Old Hill Estate as Falmouth Police started receiving logs regarding robbery, violence, drugs and anti-social behaviour amongst some of the many complaints in 2018 which were linked directly to the group.

“Due to their tirade of terror in the estate, no one would come forwards to give evidence for fear of repercussions.

“In a period of just over a year, police received over 150 calls directly relating to the group causing all manner of nuisance and disorder in the Penwerris and Trescobeas wards of Falmouth.”

Truro Magistrates Court granted four injunctions on three family members and another individual on Monday, October 14, banning them from acting anti-socially in Falmouth and entering the Penwerris and Trescobeas wards.

The injunctions ban the individuals from:

1, Entering the area known as Old Hill Estate, Penwerris and Trescobeas wards

2, Using or engaging in abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in the town of Falmouth

3, Threatening or engaging in any violence or damage against any person or property in the town of Falmouth

4, Encouraging any other person to engage in any of the acts described in 3 and 4 above within the town of Falmouth

Due to the rising frequency and seriousness of incidents a decision was made by Police, Cornwall Housing Ltd and Cornwall Councils’ Anti-Social Behaviour Team (ASB Team) that a closure of the family’s home was necessary to try and stop the persistent nuisance and disorder linked to the address.

Work was undertaken by agencies to collate evidence and gain the trust of the local community to come forward and give anonymous statements to use the Civil Closure Procedure, which was successfully granted on July 4, 2019.

The closure notice closed the entire property down and was hoped to bring an end to the issues in the area, but sadly the group chose to continue with their behaviour.

Calls started to come in on an almost daily basis regarding the group, incidents called-in included; walking the streets of Old Hill estate brandishing weapons, slashing tyres of cars (including police vehicles), threats of violence, drunken behaviour in the street and threats to burn people’s houses down.

The Police and the ASB Team were left with little choice but to seek further court action to deal with the group and try to bring an end to the saga.

Over a three-month period, officers from Falmouth Police Station, the ASB Team and Devon & Cornwall Police Force Legal Team worked tirelessly to gather existing and new evidence to support an application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction, using legislation from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Breach of the order carries a sentence of a supervision order or, as a last resort, a civil detention order of up to three months for persons under 18 years of age and civil contempt of court with an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison for over 18s.

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A full Premises Closure Order

October 11th, 2019 by

A house at the centre of anti-social behaviour plaguing a Saltash street has been boarded up after joint work by Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon & Cornwall Police.

A full Premises Closure Order for 91 Grenfell Avenue was granted at Bodmin Magistrates Court this week following a number of reports of crime, anti-social behaviour and disorder at the address involving both the tenant and associates attending the property.

Following the hearing, officers proceeded to the premises where the property was boarded up after the tenant had vacated. The premises will be closed for a period of three months and will allow local residents to enjoy their homes without feeling scared and intimidated.

Helen Toms from the Anti-Social Behaviour Team said: “The behaviour escalating from the address was totally unacceptable for local residents who had to endure a constant stream of visitors; many of whom were loud and disruptive as well as witness violent outbursts at the address causing many residents to fear for their safety and make changes to their lifestyle to reduce the impact from such behaviours.

“I accept that many people will have challenging times with in their lifetime, which we will work with and assist in finding an alternative lifestyle for them but to change they must make a commitment to change themselves guided by the many support services in the community.

“If this support and guidance is ignored we will act accordingly and proportionately in dealing with their behaviour to give confidence to the community by actively supporting those affected. ‘

Inspector Rupert Engley of Saltash police added: “I am delighted at the court’s decision to issue a full closure order on these premises. This legislation is not used lightly, and the case was only taken to court due to compelling evidence of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour linked to the address. Class A drug supply and use will always be dealt with robustly by Saltash police.

“The issue of this full closure order reflects the outstanding partnership work that has taken place between the police, Cornwall Council and local residents. Grenfell Avenue and the surrounding area are a lot safer now this property has been closed.

“We will continue to target drug dealers and premises involved in drug misuse, and work with our community to make Saltash a safer place for all.”

Residents are encouraged to report anti-social behaviour to the police by using the 101 number or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk, Cornwall Council on 0300 1234 232 or by calling CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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Safer Falmouth Supports Community Awareness Days with Falmouth and Exeter Universities

October 10th, 2019 by

Safer Falmouth Partners and Student Community Wardens from both Falmouth & Exeter Universities have been out in the community this week to raise awareness amongst local residents and students of support available in the Town.

Run by Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union (The Students’ Union) and funded by Falmouth University and the University of Exeter, the Community Wardens scheme promotes neighbourly behaviour and supports good community relations.

This collaborative approach helps students be active citizens within the community, encouraging positive relationships between long-term and student residents, as well as assisting the Town Council and other partners to improve the local environment and behaviour in residential areas.

The 2018 pilot saw student wardens patrol some of the most heavily populated student residential areas of Falmouth, with a particular focus on the Smithick Ward. It was a real success; students met with residents, listened to concerns, logged complaints, shared advice, and initiated campaigns. They also took part in community events and activities, including litter picking, fundraising activities, and supporting the local food bank.

The scheme is extending in 2019 to include some areas of Penryn and Mabe, with ten students in post.

Gwen Scolding, The Students’ Union Community Engagement Coordinator: “This is an exciting time for the Community Warden scheme. We’re looking forward to building on last year’s success by increasing our initiatives, reaching more areas, and by promoting a friendly and cohesive community for all that live, work and study in the locality.”

Residents can meet the 2019/20 Student Community Wardens, along with University representatives and partners from Safer Cornwall including the Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Town Council and Cornwall Council, when they begin their patrols on the upcoming Community Awareness Days on;

Wednesday 2 October, Thursday 3 October, and Wednesday 9 October in Falmouth and Thursday 10 October in Penryn.

To contact the Warden Scheme, email communitywardens@thesu.org.uk and to find out more visit thesu.org.uk/community

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Community event in Morrab Gardens

September 4th, 2019 by

On Monday 12th August, Penzance’s dedicated ASB Caseworker arranged a community event in Morrab Gardens to target low level reports of anti-social behaviour, crime and arson. This was attended by local Police and Fire crew who were able to engage with many members of the community using the gardens.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker also attended the Emergency Services event in Penlee Park on Thursday 15th August to provide general advice and leaflets on how to report anti-social behaviour.

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Blue Light Day 2019

August 23rd, 2019 by

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their carers in Cornwall were invited to learn how the emergency services in Cornwall work and have a fun day out at Cornwall’s annual Blue Light Day which took place on Wednesday 3 July.

The event, which was held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, ran from 10am until 3pm and was free to attend.

Now in its 12th year, Blue Light Day aims to break down barriers between adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community.

Emergency service vehicles including police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, search and rescue teams, 4×4 response teams and many more were on show for everyone to explore.

Cornwall’s Fire and Rescue Service attended the event with one its fire engines for people to look around, along with demonstrations from Archie and Woody the fire dogs.

Cornwall Council portfolio holder for environment and public protection Rob Nolan said: “As well as being really good fun for everyone involved, Blue Light Day offers an important service to those members of our communities who might be less familiar and sure about the work of the emergency services in Cornwall.”

In the middle of the day there was a demonstration to show how all the emergency services respond to a road traffic collision in slow time. One casualty was rescued from the passenger side by removing the door and the driver was removed on a spinal board with a full roof removal. There was commentary of the drill with everything explained as it happened.

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Council cabinet member for adults, said: “Having been at last year’s event, I know how much this event is appreciated by all who attend.

“Being familiar with what the emergency services do and their vehicles might at some point, if someone was involved in some sort of emergency, give them some much needed reassurance and familiarity.

“It is fantastic to have the support of all organisations who are involved in responding to emergencies and keeping Cornwall safe.”

Other highlights of the day included performances with singing and signing, drums for fun, rhythm sticks and lots of dancing. There was also information available from over fifty different agencies that provide support for adults with disabilities including many different Cornwall Council services.

Blue Light Day is organised by Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, South Western Ambulance service and Cornwall People First, a user-led advocacy group for people with a learning disability and /or autism.

This event supports Cornwall Council’s priority to protect and improve the lives of vulnerable adults here in Cornwall.

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New animations to prevent hate crime

August 2nd, 2019 by

Police Officers PC Kevin Silver and Sgt Jules Jamaa Ben M’Hand working within the Diverse Communities Team in Cornwall have been working with students at Falmouth University to produce a series of animations created to promote awareness of hate crime.

The first of the animations were launched on the Devon and Cornwall website and utilised with a social media campaign in support of  Stephen Lawrence Day on 22nd April 2019, Devon & Cornwall Police.

PS Jules Jamaa Ben M’H and from Devon and Cornwall Police said “It was fitting on the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day to showcase the talents of a group of young people studying animation at Falmouth University. This was the first of a series of films that have been made to be published and will be used by police and the wider community, aimed at raising awareness of different types of hate crime and incidents and to encourage the reporting to police”. 

This first short film published  is entitled: “APPLE”, it uses animation to show how a people can be discriminated against because of their race, religion or disability.


 

PC Silver from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “As a force we have a zero tolerance to Hate Crime of any type.  We are continually working with partners and community groups to help educate and raise awareness around this crime with the overall aim to prevent and reduce the number of people being victims.

“The project with students at the Falmouth University has given us some really interesting and new approaches to communicate our message and we are hoping by encouraging people to watch the animation they will have a better understanding and tolerance to people and prevent further incidents. I would like to thank Lecturer Derek Hayes for his massive support in all the work that has been done.

“Anyone who has been a victim of a Hate, should report the incident to the police.”

The APPLE animation is produced by students Jamie Alcantara, Erin Clarke, Naomi Benham, Jack French, Hamish Campbell and Rory Free forms part of a series of animations created by other university students to raise awareness and educate around types of Hate Crime.

A further animation was released to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May and will be used throughout the PRIDE season to continue to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting. It is hoped that this second film will be showcased on the big screen at Cornwall PRIDE on the Saturday 24th August at Newquay.

Incidents of Hate Crime should be reported to the police by either by emailing 101 or calling 101.  Alternatively crimes and incidents can be reported online via the Devon and Cornwall website

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Tombstoning dangers warning

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Launceston engagement workshops

July 7th, 2019 by

To gain a local perspective on how effectively partners are tackling key community safety issues on the ground and to discuss areas of concern, Safer Cornwall were invited to host two engagement sessions in Launceston in June – one for young people and one with members of the Launceston Community Network Panel and the wider public.

Community Safety Officer for the area, Lucy Allison, was joined by Safer Cornwall’s Intelligence Manager Erika Sorensen, Community Link Officer Chris Sims and a range of partners including the Police, Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Young People Cornwall, YZUP (young people’s drug and alcohol service), Cornwall Housing, Launceston Youth Project and the Youth Town Council.

The workshops provided an opportunity for partners and local people to talk together about crime and anti-social behaviour and other issues impacting on community safety in Launceston and what Safer Cornwall are already doing through the Partnership Plan. Information gathered in the workshops will be used to improve our understanding of community safety in Cornwall, to identify what more could be done through the Partnership Plan and to understand what additional support might be needed locally.

At the youth workshop young people were asked about their feelings of safety in Launceston.  The majority of young people felt ‘quite safe’ when out in the town during the day, but felt a little less safe after dark because there are less people around and less visibility.  When discussing online safety the young people were very knowledgeable about the risks.

There was an opportunity to talk about crime figures and some of the risks and concerns that might impact on young people, including where to go for more information and help.

We heard that their preferred method of communication is via social media and they were unlikely to read leaflets.  When asked where they would go for help, the majority agreed that they would confide in a trusted adult.  The Safer Cornwall Team and key partners provided useful information on local services that could support the young people in the town.  Overall the young people fed back that events such as this provided them with a voice and they want to be heard!

The second workshop was run with Community Network Panel Members, again to seek their views on community safety issues and how we might tackle them as a partnership.  The workshop was well attended and members fed back valuable local knowledge on the issues that matter to them.

The group discussed local policing, supporting vulnerable people, neighbourhood watch schemes, community cohesion and dealing with adverse social media.  The members identified communication from the Partnership as key to helping people feel informed and connected locally and unlike the young people’s feedback; they preferred a variety of communication methods, including newsletters and parish noticeboards, rather than information being provided only online.

The valuable feedback from both events will now be collated and will help shape the Safer Cornwall Partnership plan for next year.  A big thank you to the young people and community network panel members for their time at the workshop and for an insightful and interesting evening and thanks to The Orchard Centre for hosting the events.

Similar sessions have also been hosted through three of the Safer Towns partnerships – in Penzance, Saltash and Truro.

 

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Criminal Behaviour Order

June 7th, 2019 by

On the 30th May 2019, Mr Christopher Knight had a 2 year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) varied at East Cornwall Magistrates Court.

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