Newquay Safe issues beach safety message on 10th anniversary

As the award-winning Newquay Safe partnership marks its 10th anniversary, the police, Cornwall Council and other agencies are reminding everyone to stay safe by the sea this summer.

Since 2009 the multi-agency group has been helping residents and visitors to the town enjoy the best that Newquay has to offer by tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

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Ahead of the influx of visitors to the town’s beaches this summer, Newquay Safe is issuing a reminder to everyone to remember the following safety messages when enjoying the seaside:

  • Don’t drink and swim - alcohol and the sea do not mix
  • Always swim at a lifeguarded beach
  • Swim between the red and yellow flags
  • Don't climb cliffs or sit under them in case of falling rocks
  • Beware of the dangers of tombstoning – don’t jump into the unknown
  • Be responsible and safe by the sea at all time

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the environment and public protection, said: “This summer marks 10 years since the Council and partners launched Newquay Safe to help keep residents and visitors to the town and beaches safe and well. 

“The partnership has achieved many successes since then but the safety messages around beaches and the sea still hold true. We hope everyone enjoys Newquay this summer and stays responsible and safe.”

Newquay Cornwall Councillor Geoff Brown said: "As someone who has dedicated a lifetime to providing sea safety guidance I am delighted that as the peak summer season approaches we are delivering this timely reminder.

“For more information see the Newquay Safe top tips on the Cornwall Council website."

Newquay Safe was one of the first schemes of its kind in the country when it was set up in 2009.

Measures introduced by the partnership have included a voluntary Bar Crawl code of Conduct, Challenge 25, which is operated in all pubs and clubs and police powers to confiscate alcohol from anyone they believe may consume it in a public place (Designated Public Place Order). 

Over the past decade Newquay has evolved to be a more family-orientated resort with fewer young people visiting the town for nights out, for example after their GCSE exams.

To report anti-social behaviour ring the police on the non-emergency number 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

You can also report anti-social behaviour to Cornwall Council’s Anti-social Behaviour Team on 0300 1234 232 or at antisocialbehaviour@cornwall.gov.uk

If the threat is causing immediate danger call 999.

More information is available at www.safercornwall.co.uk