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Half-a-million-pound fund to fight anti-social behaviour across the south west

Half-a-million-pound fund to fight anti-social behaviour across the south west

Published by Helen Down at 2:00pm 4th July 2020.

A £500k fund has been set up by Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

It's hope some of Cornwall's most popular beauty spots will be made safer and cleaner this summer thanks to a half-million-pound fund set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Alison Hernandez is making extra money available to tackle antisocial behaviour in seven key summer locations in Cornwall.

The funding is being made available as restrictions are eased further from July 4th prompting an expected surge in visitors.

It can be spent on street marshals, CCTV, assisting volunteer schemes like Street Pastors and the provision of temporary toilets.

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In recent weeks police and communities have had to deal with incidents of antisocial behaviour linked to excessive drinking as restrictions on people's movement have eased. 

The new measures will help complement a wider summer policing plan that has enabled Devon and Cornwall Police to place extra resources at hotspots like Orcombe Point in Exmouth.

The areas in Cornwall to benefit from the additional funding to help prevent alcohol related antisocial behaviour over the busy Covid-19 summer period:

  • Towan Beach and town centre (Newquay)
  • Fistral Beach (Newquay) 
  • St Ives Waterfront
  • Truro centre and Lemon Quay
  • Perran Sands (Perranporth)
  • Penzance waterfront
  • Bude seafront and beach

"We are entering what is traditionally Devon and Cornwall Police’s busiest period, with potentially even more visitors to the Westcountry than in previous years.

"I welcome the fact that the bars, restaurants and cafes which are an important part of our economy will be able to open this weekend, and we can once again give tourists a warm westcountry welcome.

"But I do want people to behave responsibly and consider the impact of their behaviour on others. 

"This funding represents a significant investment in practical measures that, in partnership with councils and police, will help keep people safe and reduce the impact of the impending changes to coronavirus regulations.

"Our work with Exeter last week identified a wider opportunity to see us help more locations and I am delighted we can offer similar support to a wider group of areas to help prevent alcohol related antisocial behaviour this summer - in addition to the significant investments already being made through our summer policing plans."

Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner 

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