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Illegal highs seized from underage teens in Newquay

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9:24am 11th July 2017
(Updated 9:24am 11th July 2017)

Police in Newquay say they are safeguarding youngsters as alcohol and 'laughing gas' cannisters are seized from underage drinkers in the town.

It comes after a warning from officials to parents, following the launch of Operation Exodus.

Now bottles of beer, cans of cider and nitrous, which was previously a legal high, have been picked up from a group of teens on holiday.

Another seven bottles of vodka were also seized last week.

A tweet from Inspector Dave Meredith said: "We continue our efforts to safeguard young persons.

"This was seized from one groups accommodation today.

"Silver canisters are nitrous."

Police are working with Cornwall Council and local businesses on Operation Exodus, to crack down on underage drinking and drug abuse in the seaside resort.

Extra officers have been drafted in in a bid to cut antisocial behaviour and crime fuelled by drink and drugs, as well as keep young people safe.

Some of the local nightclubs are also running 'dry nights' to help keep young people off the streets.

The campaign is running until 14th July, as mums and dads are urged not to send their kids to Cornwall with alcohol.

Inspector Dave Meredith tweeted it "breaches the accommodation safeguarding policy which is in place to protect vulnerable persons".

He added: "Operation Exodus is the police and partnership operation to manage under-18 school leavers arriving in Newquay during the first two weeks of July.

"This group of young persons have traditionally stayed at Trevelgue Holiday Park (now Newquay View) and were effectively managed by staff at Trevelgue.

"A few years ago Tevelgue changed its business practices, and no longer accepts under 18’s.

"During Operation Exodus, under 18s arriving in Newquay now mostly stay at various surf bunk houses on the outskirts of Newquay town centre.

"This change in accommodation location has caused us some challenges, however we are working closely with the various accommodation providers to help them effectively manage the under-18 influx.

"The towns' nightclubs have also agreed to run a rota of 'dry nights' throughout most of the Operation Exodus period. This will help to keep young persons off the streets in a safe environment.

"Extra officers will be deployed to Newquay during the next two weeks to robustly deal with ant social behaviour linked to young persons in the town centre".

9:24am 11th July 2017

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