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Patrols to tackle antisocial behaviour start on Cornwall's beaches

Patrols to tackle antisocial behaviour start on Cornwall's beaches

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 9:04am 17th July 2020.

Cornwall's crime boss is in Newquay checking out the new street marshals, who are helping to crackdown on antisocial behaviour on our beaches.

With schools breaking up for summer it is expected to be a busy day on the roads and the start of a huge few weeks for tourism.

Over the summer, patrols are being carried out across hotspots and beauty spots in the Duchy and Devon to help keep them a safe place to be.

Street marshals, who are a bit like security guards, will be in places such as Fistral Beach in Newquay and engaging with people before they have had too much to drink.

It is thanks to a half-million-pound fund has set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez.

The cash is being spent on the street marshals, CCTV, assisting volunteer schemes like Street Pastors and the provision of temporary toilets.

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Fistral Beach in Newquay

Bosses say that 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 20 locations to benefit from the additional funding have been identified by Devon and Cornwall Police to help prevent alcohol related antisocial behaviour over the busy Covid-19 summer period.

The 20 locations are: Exmouth seafront and Orcombe Point, Exeter Quay, Exeter Cathedral, Bideford Quay, Woolacombe Beach, Croyde Bay, Torquay seafronts, Paignton seafronts, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth waterfront, Brixham Waterfront and Harbour, Towan Beach and waterfront (Newquay), Fistral Beach (Newquay), St Ives Waterfront, Lemon Quay (Truro), Perran Sands (Perranporth), Penzance waterfront, Bude waterfront, Plymouth Hoe and Plymouth Barbican.

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The commissioner is working with local authorities and community safety partnerships to agree bespoke solutions for each of the locations.

This new initiative comes directly from discussions between the Commissioner and councils in response to concerns about specific areas.

The Police and Crime Commissioner said that the funding was in addition to the £1.7m invested annually by her in community safety partnerships. These work with local partners to build safer communities.

“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 can now open, 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."

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner

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