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Cornwall Council plea not to use social media to report drug taking

Cornwall Council plea not to use social media to report drug taking

Published by Helen Down at 6:50pm 23rd July 2020. (Updated at 6:56pm 23rd July 2020)

By Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse and Helen Down

A plea has been made to the public to report incidents of drug misuse and anti-social behaviour through official channels and not use social media.

There have been concerns this week about a rise in drugs and disorder in St Austell with some photos being placed on social media showing drug taking.

But Cornwall Council has urged people to make official reports rather than just going straight to social media.

Kim Hager, joint commissioning manager for communities services at Cornwall Council, said that by making official reports it was more likely that issues could be tackled and the individuals could be helped.

She urged people to report rough sleepers to Streetlink, anti-social behaviour to the police and Crimestoppers and concerns about drug litter to the council.

By doing this she said that all agencies involved would be able to take immediate action and also identify individuals so that they can put in place any relevant help and support required.

“If it is reported through the appropriate channels it triggers a response.

“If drug litter is reported it triggers a response and we will seek out the individuals and seek to engage them and that is usually very successful.”

“If the public use social media it takes us longer to catch up with that and it doesn’t always get the response that you want.

 “We have had quite a heightened level of attacks on these individuals.

“Some of the rumour mill has led to people being attacked and we have some people who are very frightened.”

Kim Hager, joint commissioning manager for communities services at Cornwall Council

The council has provided details of how to report incidents if you are concerned.

If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914 (or 999 if they need urgent medical assistance).

Individuals sleeping rough can contact the Cornwall Housing Options Team on 0300 1234 161 or drop into an Information Service (formerly called One Stop Shop)

If people experience anti-social behaviour, email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.

If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email refuseandrecycling@cornwall.gov.uk

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