Antisocial Behaviour Warning over Boardmasters
Posted 7:10am 10th August 2012.
Thousands are head to Newquay for Boardmasters, as police step up patrols.
It is Europe's only surf, skate and music festival, headlined by Ed Sheeran.
But officers have told Pirate FM it must not be used as an excuse for antisocial behaviour.
Newquay’s Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith said: “Extra police officers have been drafted in to form our Night Time Economy Team which is tasked with taking out the trouble makers early to prevent the potential for more serious crimes later in the evening.
"So far this year, crime in Newquay is down 25%, that’s 217 less crimes, and 217 less victims. Violence is down 35% and serious violence by 73%.
"Newquay is a great place to visit and we will do our best to keep it safe for everyone. We won’t be tolerating disorder in the streets or pubs and rude inflatables or manikinis aren’t welcome in town.”
Hear what happened when Pirate FM went on patrol with police in the resort here...
The night time Street Safe portacabin is operating throughout the festival. It is staffed by Devon and Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service.
The Street Safe mobile unit will also help people in need anywhere in central Newquay with help, advice, support and assistance available, whether it is a lost wallet or bag or a safe place to gather their thoughts.
Working closely with Street Safe are the local Christian organisation, Street Pastors. Volunteer teams work on Friday nights into the early hours of Saturday morning to help anyone who appears vulnerable or worried. They work closely with the police, ambulance services and Street Safe project by providing a listening voice and pastoral support for people who want it. They are also able to signpost people to other services if they need to.
This year the ranks of the Street Pastors have been swelled by extra volunteers coming to Newquay from other parts of the country. Newquay Street Pastor Maria Bunyan saod: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received and delighted to welcome volunteers from as far afield as Cheshire who have come to boost our numbers and offer their help.”
Steve Kessell from Visit Newquay said: “Boardmasters is a prestigious event in two great locations - Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay. The festivals mix of high level beach based sport and the music festival compliments Newquay's visitor profile of families and younger visitors seeking a vibrant night time experience.
"As one of the nation's favourite seaside resorts Newquay remains a top holiday choice and events such as Boardmasters add excitement to the holiday menu.”