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Personal Safety Warning

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:04am 9th August 2014.

Cornwall is urged to stay safe on a night out.

It is after 30 year old Newquay homeless man Nicholas Peppiatt was jailed for what has been dubbed 'the worst rape imaginable'

We are being re-assured the attack on a student in the resort in June is very, very rare.

But Inspector Dave Meredith says there are still things we can do to stay safe: " Always try and tell people, friends and relatives, where you are going. Try to avoid drinking to excess. Always try and have a mobile phone with you with a taxi's number programmed into it and always try to go out with a friend.

"These offences although very rare, sadly do happen, and the general advice from police and certainly from my point of view for people visiting Newquay and it's night time economy are just to take some common sense precautions."

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust gives advice - here are some of its top tips:

* Plan ahead. Before you go out, think about how you are going to get home, e.g.  Can you travel home with a friend?  What time does the last bus/train leave?

* Try to use well-lit, busy streets and use the route you know best.

* Keep your mind on your surroundings

* Be extra careful when using cashpoint machines.  

* If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action.  As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you.  If you are still being followed, keep moving.  Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening. If necessary, call the police.

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