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Newquay Anti-Social Behaviour Crackdown

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7:01am 30th March 2013

There is a new weapon in the fight against anti-social behaviour in Newquay.

Bus and taxi drivers are being given radios so they have a direct line to the police.

It is hoped it will mean incidents are reported quicker and it will help stop abuse.

Kevin Towill is a cabbie in the resort and thinks it is a great idea:  "Where I can see the advantage of the scheme is that we are the eyes and ears out there on the street and it would be a good crime fighting initiative to aid the police.

"A lot of us already have the radio systems which go through to a base operator if ever we need help, but I think a direct line to the police and the crime prevention services would speed up the response time."

The initiative comes after Newquay police sergeant John Capp was awarded £600 to get his idea for the Safer Transport scheme up and running.

The funding will be used to buy 12 two-way radios, as well as to provide training to taxi and bus drivers working in the area.

Meantime, Launceston gets its own set of street pastors.

The project to keep Cornish streets safe late at night is being rolled out.

Volunteers will be on hand to give advice and support to people out and about during the early hours.

Reverend John Berriman reckons the extra eyes and ears will take pressure off police: "Unfortunately we live in a time when funds are being cut so there isn't going to be extra police on the beat and throughout the country where street pastors have been up to this point they have seen a great success rate so there's no reason why Launceston can't be the same.

"If we can help the police by being on the street and just watching over people that may need assistance then it will allow the police to do other things and they don't have to do the work that street pastors will be able to do."

7:01am 30th March 2013

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