Cornwall’s current crime hotspot has an anti-social behavior problem

Truro suffered from more crime than any other place in Cornwall in January, according to the latest police figures.

According to the national police website (police.uk), 213 crimes were recorded in the city in the first month of the year.

The towns with the highest levels of crime over the same period were Newquay (180), Camborne (172), St Austell (152), Falmouth (150), Penzance (141), Bodmin (136) and Redruth ( 131).

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Liskeard (131) and Illogan (108) complete the top ten.

At the other end of the spectrum, crime statistics show that Wadebridge is once again the safest town to live in Cornwall. In January, only 17 criminal incidents were reported in the city. Other safe places include Padstow (26), Callington (28) and Torpoint (35).

Wadebridge is a regular feature in the Sunday Times ‘Best Places to Live’ guide, with safety a major factor in the decision to include it on the national list.

1: Truro: (213)

Boscawen / Moresk and Tregolls / Trehavern, Highertown, Malabar and Redannick

2: Newquay (180)

Suburb / City

3: Cambridge: (172)

North / South / West

4: Town of St Austell (152)

5: Falmouth (150)

Arwenack and Boslowick / Penwerris and Trescobeas

6: Penzance: (141)

City East / City West

7: Bodmin (136)

St Mary’s / St Petroc

8= Redruth (131)

North/South & St Day & Lanner

8= Liskeard (131)

North South

10: Illogan (108)

North South

Appointment: 1 Jan – 31 Jan 2022

Source: police.uk

In Truro, the most common offenses committed in January were antisocial behavior (59 incidents), violence and sexual offenses (58 incidents) and criminal damage and arson (37).

Following a shocking assault on a homeless man in a car park last month, locals have claimed the problem of anti-social behavior (ASB) in Truro is only getting worse.

Reports of people feeling unsafe walking in the city centre, mainly due to large groups of young people, have been accompanied by a handful of violent incidents over the past 12 months.

Truro resident Justin Banks, speaking just up the road from where the attack happened, pointed to Lemon Quay as a common gathering place for those involved in anti-social behavior, which ranges from shouting and swearing, and alcohol problems, to more serious offenses like homelessness. attack.

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In late 2021, local MP Cherilyn Mackrory sent out a survey to the city asking for feedback on the sentiment of anti-social behavior.

In the survey, 88% of respondents felt there was a problem with crime in Truro at the moment, and 97% of respondents felt there was a problem with anti-social behaviour.

After the attack, many called for the hammer to be brought down on those involved and anyone else causing trouble in the city.

From the perspective of Truro Mayor Steven Webb, as someone who frequently drives around town himself, he said he “understands” why people think the problem is getting worse, but has called on residents to be measured in their feelings.

Cherilyn Mackrory, the MP for Truro and Falmouth, also called for ‘action’ and blamed ASB’s local problems on a ‘very small minority of young people’.

She said: ‘I can assure people who live and work in Truro that there will be a targeted and robust approach to tackling the upsurge in crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Tackling anti-social behavior in Truro is now a strategic priority for the police force and we will get additional resources to address it.

“The biggest problem right now in Truro is a very small minority of young people. In addition to police action, there needs to be more youth services in Truro to get the young people who are causing trouble off the streets.

She went on to promise to speak to Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez and bring additional Truro police into the city.

‘As well as tackling crime, we must also continue to tackle the causes of homelessness,’ Ms Mackrory said – although she said ‘money is not the problem’.

She continued: “Since April 2019, Cornwall has received £19.6million from the government to tackle homelessness and roughness in the county. More recently, £7.4million was announced on Friday to help fix the problem.

“This money was spent on the ‘everyone in’ program at the start of the pandemic, a government initiative. This has helped put hundreds of people with no fixed address in Cornwall in a safe place to live during the pandemic.

Cornwall Council has also purchased 40 homeless and homeless pods, which are in various locations across the county – such as New County Hall in Truro. There are more to come. The council also wants to build more social and affordable housing.

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