Local reports help shape Safer Penzance patrols, with disruptive individuals moved on and warnings issued

Resident concerns about issues such as street drinking and anti-social behaviour are being tackled by Cornwall Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team and local police undertaking a series of patrols in Penzance during June which have seen disruptive individuals moved on or issued with warnings.

Part of the Safer Penzance initiative, the patrols focus on hotspots reported to the police by the local community. During the patrols, officers have used their enforcement powers on a small number of individuals causing disruption, including six people who were asked to leave the town centre and told not to return for up to 48 hours.

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The town centre's Public Space Protection Order has also meant police officers have been able to require people to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol. Fourteen anti-social behaviour warnings were issued in June.

While the patrols have seen police and anti-social behaviour officers step in when needed, the patrols also provide immediate support for vulnerable people who may be struggling with substance abuse issues

Addaction workers are providing daily outreach sessions to vulnerable adults on the street, talking to the local residents and businesses and safely disposing of any drugs litter found. The outreach work helps keen both those who use outreach services, and the local community, safe.

Councillor Sue James, Cornwall Council's cabinet member for environment and public protection reiterated that anti-social behaviour or criminal activity would not be tolerated.

"As the recent Golowan festival showed, Penzance is a welcoming and friendly town with a lot to be proud of. While there are issues with anti-social behaviour at times, it definitely is not the 'no go' area it has been portrayed as recently," she said.

"Highly visible joint patrols are sending a clear message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and providing reassurance for local people. However, some of the issues we are dealing with are long term and entrenched and will take a continued joined-up approach and bi-partisan support, to tackle. We can only solve these issues if we work together with the community.

“Local intelligence reported to police is providing useful information for the patrols to follow up, and reinforces how important it is for people to report concerns or issues so we can tackle them.  

Devon & Cornwall Police are running a series of drop in sessions at St John’s Hall in Penzance where residents and businesses can talk to officers for advice and support if they are concerned about crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We would encourage anyone with concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour in the town to call in at one of our drop-in sessions. It is really important that we have a true picture of what is happening in the area and we rely on the public to tell us what is going on,” said Penzance police inspector, Nicholas Clarke.

Police drop in sessions at St John's Hall are taking place on:

  • Thursday 12 July between 10am and 12noon
  • Tuesday 17 July between 5pm and 7pm

Residents can report anti-social behaviour to the police online by emailing 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 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.