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The new team helping keep party-goers safe in Newquay

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:40pm 12th June 2019.

A team helping to keep party-goers safe at night in Newquay is launching for the summer.

The Piran's Angels will carry out patrols across the town centre, beaches and recreational grounds.

They will also be visiting nearby villages and towns such as Perranporth.

The group will replace the Street Pastors and will offer support to those in need on a night out.

Volunteers will have things like flip flops, bottles of water and lollipops on hand for anyone who needs them.

Coordinator Debbie says anyone planning a night out should make sure their phone is charged, never leave a drink unattended and also should stay with their friends.

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"We're out in the night time community, helping those who perhaps have had a bit too much to drink, lost their friends, lost their money, their phone.

"Just being that helpful friend on the street at night.

We're also going to be going down to Fistral, Little Fistral, the skateboard park, and also outlying villages, such as Perranporth once a month on a Saturday night.

"We just want to do what we can to ensure everybody is having fun when they're out at night in social situations.

"It's nice to be more local, we're a friend rather than some organisation. We love our town and we love all the people in it,"

Debbie Anderson-Jones, Co-ordinator

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Devon and Cornwall Police has this advice for staying safe:

  • Walk in well-lit, well-used areas where there are lots of people.
  • Always stay alert.
  • Think about how you’ll be getting home before you go out.
  • If you use a taxi make sure it is licensed. If the taxi driver doesn’t know your name – don’t get in!
  • Always carry your mobile, make sure it is charged and you have enough credit.
  • If you look and act drunk you are more vulnerable – drink responsibly.
    Friends look after each other, make sure your mates know where you’re going.

There are steps you can take to help keep yourself safe. Many sexual offences occur when alcohol is involved during a night out. Don’t take your safety for granted!

When you’re out:

  • Remember that alcohol can affect your actions and reactions as well as reduce your ability to be alert - alcohol is the most common date rape drug.
  • If you begin to feel really drunk after only a couple of drinks, get help from a trusted friend or a member of staff from the club or pub management.
  • Stay away from situations that you do not feel comfortable with.
  • Make sure you set aside cash for your journey home.
  • Don’t drink so much that you are unable to say NO!

Coming home from a night out:

  • Stick with your friends, don’t leave them to make their way home with someone they’ve only just met.
  • Consider very carefully whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have only just met.
  • Always try to pre-book a taxi through a licensed minicab office, and make sure the taxi that you get into is actually the taxi that you ordered.
  • Sit in the rear of the vehicle and always carry a mobile phone or rape alarm.

Source: Devon and Cornwall Police

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