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Crime Down at Run to the Sun
7:02am 28th May 2013
The number of crimes during Newquay's Run to the Sun festival has plummeted.
Police say there were thirty-four - down from sixty-four last year.
Extra officers were drafted in from as far away as Exeter for the event - the last after almost thirty years.
Inspector Dave Meredith said: "I am pleased to say that the majority of visitors to Newquay for RTTS were very well behaved. The reduction in recorded crime of 46% compared to the previous year speaks volumes. I was pleased to see both Streetsafe and Street Pastors operating over the weekend, providing care and support to vulnerable persons.
"There were numerous incidents of minor disorder in the town centre, however due to the strong visible police presence, the majority of these incidents were quickly brought under control before any crime was committed.
"We have received considerable feedback from the public, commenting on how well they thought the event was policed, and how the town has changed to being far more family orientated over the last few years. Considerable credit must be given to the Newquay Safe partnership for this positive change to the towns reputation.
"Although RTTS has presented some considerable challenges to policing over the years it has run, it has traditionally been seen as the start point of the towns summer, and has generated considerable revenue for the towns businesses over the years.
"I would like to pay particular thanks to Mike Finnegan, the Operations Director at Trevelgue Holiday Park who has been involved in planning and organising the last 17 RTTS events. Mike has always worked closely with Newquay police and has provided great support to our events planning and operational policing over the years.
"Although this was the last RTTS, I am mindful that the late May/early June bank Holiday will still attract a considerable number of visitors to the town. Newquay police are committed to ensuring that this Bank Holiday will still be robustly policed."
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