Safer Cornwall reminds communities to support each other during pandemic

May 5th, 2020 by

Safer Cornwall is calling on residents to support each other during the pandemic and avoid confrontations over social distancing.

The partnership, made up of Cornwall CouncilDevon and Cornwall Police and other agencies, has received reports of verbal abuse, abuse on social media, and criminal damage to personal property as a result of people being mistaken for breaking social distancing rules.

Devon and Cornwall Police and Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team have warned that they will not tolerate behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress and will take action against those responsible.

Safer Cornwall strongly discourages anyone from approaching another person to confront them about social distancing, or if they have concerns that a business is open that should not be.

Instead, the partnership is reminding residents to treat one another with respect at this difficult time and to report their concerns to the correct agencies so they can carry out the appropriate investigations.

Anyone concerned about social gathering should contact the Police by calling 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk and call 999 in an emergency.

If a business is suspected of flouting closure orders reports should be made to Cornwall Council on 0300 123 1118 or by emailing covid19@cornwall.gov.uk.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for environment and public protection, said: “It is with sadness that we have received reports of families being targeted online and face-to-face about not following social distancing guidelines, when the perception may be wrong.

“We have seen second homeowners and businesses put themselves forward to offer accommodation for key workers and local families, who need this vital accommodation, to maintain the work commitments that allow them to keep their families safe.

“Please do not assume that anyone in a motorhome, holiday home or driving is breaking the social distancing guidelines. Continue to be compassionate and understand that where applicable that Cornwall Council and Devon and Cornwall Police will undertake the enforcement needed.”

Simon Mould, Cornwall Council’s Head of Communities, said: “We continue to see amazing support across all of our communities where those most vulnerable are being supported by voluntary groups and individuals giving what they can to help those most in need. We ask that residents show compassion and understanding during this difficult time.”

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “We have seen over the Easter holidays that communities are following the social gathering restrictions and only in limited cases have we had to respond and enforce against large groups gathering.

“We are however seeing an increase in neighbour nuisance and reports of non-compliance. If you are experiencing any form of hate crime or harassment please report this to us so that we can take action to support you.”

If you are being targeted and experiencing any form of alarm, harassment or distress please report this to the police by calling 101 or email 101@dc.police.uk and call 999 in an emergency.


For more information on support during the pandemic see our Covid-19 and community safety page

 

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New 3 year Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy launched

April 14th, 2020 by

Anti-social behaviour in all its forms is a very visible sign of disorder in our communities and is closely linked to perceptions of safety, satisfaction with the local area as a place to live, and confidence in local services. In its most persistent and serious forms anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. The strategy sets out our coordinated approach to address anti-social behaviour to ensure we work together to exercise our responsibilities in order to protect the rights of those living, working and visiting Cornwall.

To view the strategy please visit here

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ASB Enforcement

April 9th, 2020 by

Over the past few weeks, Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team has worked with Devon & Cornwall Police and other agencies to partially close residential properties across Cornwall where persistent anti-social behaviour concerns have been reported.

A Partial Premises Closure allows only those who habitually reside at the property to continue to remain there. This provides respite to the surrounding residents who have witnessed and been subjected to anti-social behaviour from those residing in and visiting the property.

The first closure took place on 18 March 2020 where Cornwall Council, in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police & Livewest Housing, gained a partial closure at an address in Penzance. This was following increased reports of alcohol fuelled behaviour and misuse of illegal substances. Following the order, agencies have been able to increase support for the residents to help sustain their tenancy.

On 01 April 2020, a second application was made by Cornwall Council’s ASB Team and Devon & Cornwall Police on a property in Wadebridge. The premises is now closed to everyone with the exception of those who are normally resident at the address.

These premises will now face these conditions for a period of three months and anyone found to have breached the order will be liable to arrest and prosecution.

Residents are encouraged to continue to report anti-social behaviour to the police using the 101 number of by emailing 101@dc.police.uk

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Community Day at Heartlands with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and Safer Cornwall

February 28th, 2020 by

The Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth partnership teamed up with Plymouth Argyle and Heartlands last week to host a free community day for young people and families in the local area.

The hugely experienced coaches from Plymouth Argyle delivered a range of activities, from football, handball, dodgeball and Heartlands even hosted an ice rink.

During the event, partner agencies from Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth were on hand to meet young people and their families and showcase the work and support they provide local communities. The agencies included the Penwith Community Development Trust, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Hideaway 77 Youth Café, Addaction YZUP, Coastline, Headstart Kernow, One Vision, Barnardo’s, First Light and Together for Families.

Provision for young people is a priority for the Safer Camborne and Safer Redruth Partnership, a partnership made up of the agencies mentioned above and many more including Redruth and Camborne Town Councils, Devon and Cornwall Police and We Are With You Cornwall (formerly Addaction).

The event was paid for with funding granted to the partnership by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. Other priorities for Safer Camborne and Redruth include Anti-social Behaviour, Domestic Abuse, Alcohol and Drug Related Harm and Community Resilience and Engagement.

 

 

 

 

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Safer St Austell acts on concerns raised in Charlestown

February 26th, 2020 by

Safer St Austell has been supporting Charlestown residents who have raised concerns regarding  anti-social behaviour within the village.

Safer St Austell and wider partners from across Cornwall Council have met on several occasions with the Parish Council representatives, local Cornwall Councillor and Keep Charlestown Safe Group, to listen to their concerns and provide action. Issues have been raised about perceived increases in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and management of some of the licensed premises.

Following an initial meeting a review of incidents and crime types has been conducted by Cornwall Council’s Amethyst Team. The review has found that despite the perceived increase in anti social behaviour, Charlestown remains a low crime area. There has been a 12% reduction in reported Crime in the area (9 crimes), which is a greater reduction than the 3% seen across Cornwall. There has also been a significant reduction (-53%) in the number of reported Anti-Social Behaviour incidents in the area.

Police Inspector Edward Gard said: “I am pleased to see that the number of reported Anti-Social Behaviour incidents have reduced for Charlestown and will continue to review this and act accordingly.

To reassure residents, the Safer St Austell partnership has provided residents with clear information on who to report concerns to and the correct contact numbers, to encourage the reporting of incidents.

Councillor Tom French said: “We understand there have been difficulties with reporting to agencies and we want to make available to the community the many ways residents are able to contact services to report incidents and concerns. Reporting ensures the right agencies are informed and we are getting the correct response needed.

Partnership officers have met with residents to let them know that additional visits have been made by the Police Licensing Officer to all licensed premises across Charlestown to highlight the issues raised and ensure all License Conditions are being met, which has been the case. License Holders have also been asked to make sure that they share information with other licensed premise in the town when an individual is barred, so that any emerging problems are dealt with  promptly and collectively.

The Licensed premises are also supporting each other by providing information on changes they are making to reduce the impact of noise nuisance after their premises close, and bringing forward closing hours where possible. Premises also continue to have CCTV and security staff available where required and attend St Austell Pubwatch, which is a license holders meeting held to encourage sharing of best practice and issues. There has been a Licensing Review conducted by Cornwall Council for one licensed premise requested by the Parish Council which was completed in November.

Rob Nolan, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods said: “It is important that we continue to work together in addressing local concerns and issues. I encourage all residents to report to the correct agency who can investigate and take action appropriately.”

The local Police Neighbourhood Team has also been involved with visits and continue to review any incidents thoroughly. Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Officer (ASB) continues to review ASB incidents and action warnings where evidence is available to enforce.

Simon Mould, Head of Communities Service, Cornwall Council said: “We continue to ensure resident concerns are listened to and acted on, by working together we can have a positive impact on communities and provide reassurance to residents by providing clear reporting routes.

Advice for residents and businesses:

  • Neighbour noise (e.g. loud music, barking dogs) can constitute a statutory nuisance

if this causes an unreasonable interference to the use and enjoyment of your home. Visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/noise for further details, including how to make a complaint to the Cornwall Council’s Community Protection team. Telephone 0300 1234 212 Email publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk

  • To find out more about alcohol and entertainment licences or report a licensing complaint please visit: Online cornwall.gov.uk Email licensing@cornwall.gov.uk
  • 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.
Safer St Austell is affiliated to Safer Cornwall the statutory community safety partnership for Cornwall and provides a local multi-agency co-ordinated response to the issues that are identified by the partnership and the communities of St Austell. The partnership works to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
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Strength, Resilience and Happiness

February 24th, 2020 by

That first flash of a firesteel and the cotton wool becomes fire is always a magical moment for anyone attempting to master fire lighting. The Youth Offending Service and Youth & Missing officer from D&C police have been running woodland day courses in the St Austell area for a few years now.

Taking young people in to the outdoors is nothing new. We all understand the benefits of getting outdoors and away from issues in the home, work and school. Working with a selection of Young people with different backgrounds, the team have given young people the chance to step out of hectic lives and enjoy the outdoors. Build survival shelters, light fires, and cook their own healthy food over an open fire. Through these skill, we are able to get down to some serious talking around youth issue, substance abuse, Missing episodes and Online safety. Somehow, these subjects are easily discussed around the fire with a mug of stew and easy company. Discussing how young people can keep themselves safe, come up with strategies to deal with stressful situations around Domestic Violence and alternatives to running away and going missing.

The outdoors simply works! Not enough time is spent in the outdoors for all of us and for some of our young people, a woodland day may be their first.

Let’s keep using nature to build strength, resilience and happiness in our future generations.

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Event to help keep shops safe in Penzance

November 18th, 2019 by

A special training event held by Safer Penzance for businesses took place in St John’s Hall last week. The event, organised by the Safer Penzance partnership and delivered by Devon and Cornwall Police’s Crime Prevention Officer, Andy Bulley, gave local shops the opportunity to come and find out more about the measures they can take to protect their business from shoplifting.

The Town’s ASB Caseworker, Dorian Thomas also gave a presentation on how he works closely with the police to placesanctions on those who shoplift in the Town.

Recorded crime overall in Penzance over the past year has reduced by 13%, with the greatest reductions seen in theft offences such as shoplifting, criminal damage and violence as shown in the latest figures from the Safer Cornwall partnership. Shoplifting figures for September show that Penzance has had a 36% (81 offences) reduction when compared with the previous year.

Initially, following local agencies’ work to increase awareness of the importance of reporting, reported levels of anti-social behaviour in the town increased. All of the additional work and resources put in to tackle the problem is now starting to show an improvement, with the latest figures showing a reduction of 18%, particularly in anti-social behaviour linked to street drinking.

The Safer Penzance partnership is made up of Cornwall

ASB Caseworker, Dorian Thomas explains how he uses evidence to sanction shoplifters

Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, National Probation Service, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company, Penzance BID, Penzance Town Council, Addaction, St Petrocs, Cornwall Housing, Growing Links, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall and NHS Kernow.

Shoplifting remains a priority for the Town. Other priorities identified for Safer Penzance include anti-social behaviour, alcohol and drug use, domestic abuse, community engagement and provisions for young people. To view the latest delivery plan please visit safercornwall.co.uk/safer-towns/penzance/

To find out more about shoplifting visit: devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-business/shoplifting-robbery/

To report shoplifting please call the police non-emergency number on 101 or report online at devon-cornwall.police.uk/contact/contact-forms/report-something/

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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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