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Zero-tolerance policy in Newquay continues

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 27, 2012

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Against a backdrop of glorious sunshine and masses of tourists on Newquay's beaches basking in the heat, police and officials were, not so long ago, trying to pacify the fury of its full-time residents.

The summer of 2009 was blighted by the deaths of teenagers Paddy Higgins, from Berkshire, and Andrew Curwell, from Manchester, who plunged to their deaths after drink-fuelled nights out in the Cornish resort.

And while many of the holidaymakers baked on the golden sands or lurched from bar to bar, efforts were being made to clean up the town's image as a haven for drunken revelry and young visitors with a penchant for disorder.

Fast forward three years and, while the enticing weather of 2009's summer season seems a dim and distant memory, the heat of hostility and hedonism has also moved behind a cloud.

Much of the success has been due to the work of the residents, businesses and authorities through the Newquay Safe partnership, established in the wake of the double tragedy to clamp down on under-age drinking, disorder and premises which advertise drinks promotions.

Organisers behind the multi-agency approach have reiterated a zero-tolerance ahead of this summer's campaign.

Newquay's Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith vowed to continue the crackdown on disorder. He said: "Newquay is a great place to visit and we will do our best to keep it safe for families and revellers alike.

"We won't be tolerating disorder in the streets or pubs and rude inflatables or mankinis [skimpy male swimwear] aren't welcome in town.

"The campaign will be supported by a new network of ID scanners in six pubs and clubs which not only check for forged ID, but also share data on banned persons, ensuring that people banned by one pub are banned from the others."

Last summer's original campaign saw 104 people banned from the town centre. In a crackdown on rogue pubs and clubs in conjunction with Cornwall Council's environmental health team, six premises were subject to licence reviews as a result of which two pubs and one lap-dancing club were shut.

Reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage fell by 30% and 9% respectively compared with 2010.

Extra police officers will also be drafted in from the end of June until September.

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  • Fistral20  |  June 28 2012, 8:04AM

    This problem goes far beyond Newquay, and although Police can do as much as they can when the kids are in the town, there's little they can do if the idiotic parents supply them with drink before they leave. josdave is correct, detain the kids if they're drunk, and make the parents pick them up from wherever they are in the UK - if the parent admit to supplying them with alcohol, prosecute them. Perhaps the Police could explain why they don't do this.....

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  • Phil_lip  |  June 27 2012, 9:11PM

    It is amazing that people have missed the sarcasm in your post ****rats, it gave me a giggle when I read it earlier and I was going to say the lapdancing clubs must be to blame for global warming but you have beaten me to it lol

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  • shagrats  |  June 27 2012, 1:09PM

    I disagree I think its been proved by some pretty robust science, that everything bad that happens in Newquay is related to lapdancing. I even think this junes apaling weather is due to the continued existance of lapdancing clubs and the disturbed micro climate they create.

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  • josdave  |  June 27 2012, 12:40PM

    The booze in lapdancing clubs is beyond the pocket of most of those underage drinkers so their existence bears no relation at all to the underage deaths. If you are afraid or unwilling to blame the parents for supplying them with alcohol blame the supermarkets for selling booze below cost price at all hours. This should never have been allowed. When you could only get alcohol from off licences or pubs there was a greater amount of control over who bought it but no more it's a free for all and the down side is that a few more will die because of it and nobody will do anything about it.

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  • shagrats  |  June 27 2012, 11:35AM

    Hang on I can't see any difference, haven't we allready had a death on the beaches this year, and wasn't a bunch of underage youngsters found with over 300 bottles of drink in one room. For me its situation normal for Newquay, and all this BS about it being different is just spin. I predict we will have a few more drunken deaths and some more drunken revelry going on in the town this summer. But if you are looking for someone to blame then I will go with the editorial bias of this site and blame the lapdancing clubs. If newquay didn't have any lapdancing clubs then people would not underage drink and would not fall off cliffs and die. The sooner we can rid ourselves of lapdancing clubs the sooner Newquay can get back to being the "disney land" of the southwest.

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  • Phil_lip  |  June 27 2012, 12:52AM

    josdave is right about the parents that admitted supplying their kids when unsupervised though, they should be charged. In our day though libertarianJ we also got a hiding from the older lot if we stepped out of line, teachers could discipline properly (some took it too far though), coppers could literally drag you home by the ear and our parents were another entity entirely. Even at this time of year Newquay is still one of the safest places to visit and live, yet I would be more worried about people that would give their address as Newquay to the police than a tourist from out of county.

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  • libertarianJ  |  June 26 2012, 11:34PM

    Hey give the kids a break josdave, under age drinking has been going on for generations, it used to be perfectly acceptable to have a few beers at 16 in my day, it was a rites of passage. People don't magically change overnight in to an adult the day they hit 18 you know. Too much emphasis is made on age restrictions ID these days, things like challenge 25 are the nanny state gone mad. Simple solution come down harder on the small minority of people who misbehave, instead of spoiling the fun for the 99% who don't.

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  • josdave  |  June 26 2012, 1:19PM

    If a policy of zero tolerance had been adopted nationally many years ago we would not be facing the frequent troubles we get now in the way of anti-social behaviour and underage frinking plus the violence that goes with it. Children should be taught from a very early age by their parents to respect others and their property and that there are consequences to actions. Underage drinkers should be held in cells and their parents called to fetch them regardless of where they live. Maybe then they would take an interest in what their kids did and where they went. When interviewed after the Paddy Higgins death 30% of parents admitted supplying their offspring with booze before sending them off on an unsupervised holiday in Newquay. They should have been charged as it is an offence.

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