Product recalls

December 10th, 2018 by

Product recalls are made by traders about products that have problems which could affect the safety of the consumer.  The product should not be used and should be returned to the trader.

At Christmas when we are buying presents it is worth checking the website for any goods that might of been recalled.

The latest RAPEX notifications are available on the Europa website.

Vehicle recall notices can be found on the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency website.

The latest recalls can be viewed Here 

Have a Safe and Happy Christmas

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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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Truro Safe

December 9th, 2018 by

Truro Safe have taken part in the #ThinkB4Upark initiative led by Cornwall Fire and Rescue ServiceTruro Community Fire Station visiting residents of Killigrew Gardens, St Erme, joined by Devon & Cornwall Police Truro Police Team, our Community Safety Team and St Erme Parish Council, to highlight the importance of parking responsibly following a number of concerns raised. The partners were able to speak to residents about the concerns and highlight that motorists must consider if an emergency vehicle can get past, as not doing so is putting lives at risk by blocking off roads.

 

 

 

The hashtag #ThinkB4Upark is being used across social media in the UK by other emergency services, who are experiencing delays in getting to incidents, due to badly parked cars or driving.

The Service does not endorse this campaign as a way and means of naming and shaming members of the public. It is to raise awareness and educate drivers to think about where and how they park. For more information please visit http://bit.ly/ThinkB4Upark or to find out more about Truro Safe visit Here

 

 

 

 

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Party Time???!!!

December 7th, 2018 by

As we rush through December, with the decorations up, and all the Christmas shopping dilemmas becoming far too urgent, we also land in Christmas Party time!

This is obviously a moment to enjoy celebrating with your friends, family and colleagues, and to let off some end of year steam.

However, all of this comes with some issues to be aware of …

In a crowded bar or house, where it’s loud and you don’t know everyone, it becomes even more important than usual to keep your eyes on your drink, and stay alert to your own safety.

So firstly, we’d like to remind you about advice we gave out recently around spiking, how to stay safe, and what to do as soon as you think someone’s drink has been spiked.

Tips on keeping yourself safe from spiking can be found by clicking here

And more advice about how to stay alert and how trespond can be found here

All of this is summarised in this helpful ‘What Will Your Drink Cost?’ leaflet.

If you’re drinking from a bottle, ask the bar staff if they have any spikies, which make it impossible for someone to tamper with your drink.


Secondly, plan your journey home before you go out.

Pre-book a Taxi?

Or agree a driver for the evening?

If it’s your turn to be the designated driver, make sure your passengers know that your soft drinks are on them for the night, but remember that you can also make use of the supply of free water the bar can give you. (Just add ice, a straw, a slice of lime, and accessorise to make that water go incognito – if that’s an issue for you.) 

Remember that your body processes alcohol at about 1 unit per hour, so if you drink 5 Pints, it will take you over 12 hours to be under the drink driving limit.


Thirdly, know your own limits with alcohol and don’t imagine that you gain a December Drinking SuperPower that means that you can withstand any unknown exotic combination of mysteriously unpronounceable drinks!

Respect your body – including your head the next day – and stick to normal amounts of what you are used to.

You’ll thank yourself tomorrow!


Fourthly, if people around you get too lively in the wrong way, consider your own safety before trying to become the UN peacekeeping force.

Generally, reasoning with drunk strangers is more likely to get you into trouble than get them out of it.

Walk Away!

Finally, here’s a full sheet of tips for a Safe Night Out

If you find yourself needing advice or support for an alcohol issue for yourself or someone you know, call:

Addaction Cornwall, on 0333 2000 325


And here’s a reminder of the recommended safe alcohol levels.

Your body still works this way in the festive season!

And above all, have a Great Time!!!

Weekly Alcohol Guidelines

 

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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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Safety prevention videos

December 7th, 2018 by

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service have created a series of fire safety prevention videos, which will be launched through the CFRCSS Facebook page to target the biggest causes of accidental dwelling fires to improve knowledge, awareness and change behaviour promoting fire safety advice in the home during the festive season.

Look out for each days festive tips 🎄 HERE

 

 

 

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Coercive control is domestic abuse

November 29th, 2018 by

Controlling or coercive behaviour was criminalised in 2015 – but it still affects hundreds of thousands of women in the UK.

Mumsnet, Women’s Aid and Surrey Police have joined together to help raise awareness of the dangers of coercive control.

A new survey found 38% of Mumsnet users have suffered some form domestic abuse.

If you live in Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly and you think you or someone you know is being controlled by their partner of family member, you can get help now.

  • Call Safer Futures on 0300 777 4 777

or

  • follow this link https://www.firstlight.org.uk/make-a-referral/
  • 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline (run by Women’s Aid and Refuge) – 0808 2000 247.
  • If you fear for your immediate safety, or someone else’s, please call 999.

No one needs to live in fear. Get help now!

 

 

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Rural Domestic Abuse Research Survey

November 22nd, 2018 by

We are pleased to support one of the largest surveys looking into Domestic Abuse in the UK and would like to provide this opportunity for any of our clients or former clients to opt in to this National Survey. Your experience when taken alongside that of hundreds of other people who have had similar or contrasting experiences helps to provide an accurate picture of Domestic Abuse across our county as well as contributing to a more national picture.

The survey should take around 5-10 minutes to complete. No personal details will be taken in this survey, so your response will be anonymous. If you feel you can help please click on the link below:

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4678535/DVA-Survey

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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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Reclaim the Night Cornwall – 01 December 2018

November 8th, 2018 by

01 December 2018 17:00 ~ Reclaim the Night Cornwall –

Reclaim the Night Cornwall is on Saturday 1st December, starting at 5pm at Truro Cathedral.

Candlelit vigil to honour women whose lives have been ended by male violence, followed by a march to demand safer streets and an end to violence against women.

16 days of Action from 25th November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to 10th December, Human Rights Day.

17:00 – Assemble at Truro Cathedral
17:15 – Candlelit vigial and choir (All welcome)
18:15 – March (Women only)
19:30 – End

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