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Newquay Booze Crackdown

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 12th April 2014 (Updated 5:37am 14th April 2014)


Parents who supply their children with booze for a holiday in Cornwall could be named and shamed.

Newquay Safe wants a new crackdown to try and curb alcohol fuelled bother in the resort.

They think it could help stop what they call 'parent dealing'.

It is as they are trying to change the attitude towards the town.

But they say underage drinking is not as big a problem as it used to be.

Cornwall and Devon's Police and Crime Commissioner is already in talks with supermarkets and retailers to make it more difficult to buy.

Tong Hogg said: "This is a serious issue for us, the prevalence of the over-use of alcohol, and it isn't a matter of one size fits all here, there are different users of alcohol and we need to find a solution that is right for each one of them.

"We are seventh in the league table of 43 policing areas on violent crime, we are fourth on rape, and we have been searching for the reasons behind this and we have come down heavily on the issue of misuse of alcohol."

Rob Andrew is from Newquay Safe, he said: "The youngsters are often coming down unaccompanied by an older person, so they are in a peer group, they tend to dare each other to do things, it's really about coming down and enjoying yourselves but be responsible, if you come as a group look after everyone in that group, come as a group, stay as a group and be safe and be responsible.

"I think it's an ongoing issue, it's probably less of an issue than it was in 2009 when we started Newquay Safe but it's not just a Newquay issue, I think it's a county wide and it's a national issue. I think we've tackled it as best we can in Newquay, I think some of the pressure is now coming from elsewhere in Devon and Cornwall."



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