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Street patrols to help curb antisocial behaviour

Street patrols to help curb antisocial behaviour

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:14pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 12:55pm 11th March 2020)

Photo: Car fires in Threemilestone in January. Credit: Megan Lowenna Harris

Street patrols are being carried out to help curb antisocial behaviour in a village on the outskirts of Truro.

Over the past three months there have been reports of cars being set on fire in Threemilestone and razor blades being left in the children's play area.

Pirate FM told you how a spate of fires in the village back in January were treated as arson.

Now locals are taking action, with the support of officials, to help put an end to vandalism in the area.

Threemilestone playing field
Threemilestone playing field where razor blades and needles were found on children's play equipment. Credit: Google Maps.

Resident Lucy Walker told ITV News West Country how blades were left stuck around the slide in the playing field.

She said: "There were razor blades placed in the gaps, so when the child walked up they would cut their fingers. There were razor blades underneath and on the slide, plus blades and needles stuck in the ground at the bottom of the slide.

"It could have resulted in catastrophic injuries for a young one.

"The bolts at the stop of the swing were unscrewed to the point where it would only have taken a couple more and it would have gone. So the kids would have been able to get on it, swing on it, and then it would have collapsed."

Lucy Walker, local resident

Suspected Arson Attack in Truro
A suspected arson attack reportedly sparked a house fie in the village. Credit: Sara King

There has reportedly already been a drop in the number of vandalism and antisocial behaviour incidents in the area.

Speaking to ITV News West Country, local councillor Dulcie Tudor said the new street patrols are a great idea.

"What has come out of this I think is very good, we've got community patrols that will hook up with existing neighbourhood watch organisations, everybody will be vetted, and it will become a proper, formal organisation."

Dulcie Tudor, Cornwall Council Threemilestone and Gloweth division 

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