Crackdown sees crime in Newquay fall by 24%
Recorded crime in Newquay has toppled by nearly a quarter in the last year thanks to a concerted campaign to clean up the Cornish resort.
The Newquay Safe Partnership reported 400 fewer offences compared with 2011 at a time when they say crime in neighbouring towns was either rising or experiencing only a small reduction.
However in a round-up of the campaign to date, the organisation, which involves police, Cornwall Council, businesses and local residents, said there had been a general fall in visitor numbers this year.
As a result, a spokesman said, in future years there may be a rise again.
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However, for the moment it was good news.
A spokesman for Newquay Safe Partnership said the campaign was about "low tolerance to antisocial behaviour.
"Officers are encouraged to deal with offenders early in the evening, in order to remove trouble makers from the resort at an early stage by either banning them from the town or by making arrests.
"Offensive clothing was banned, those wearing mankinis (a thong-like costume) were asked to cover up and those with offensive T-shirts, photographs or text, were asked to remove them or face arrest.
"The no-alcohol zone in the town centre was robustly enforced and stag and hen parties engaged early in the evening."
According to the partnership, which was launched in 2009 to help Newquay shed its reputation as a haven for drunken revellers, the summer season witnessed some impressive actions.
There were 219 arrests, 54 people banned from the town, 35 items of offensive clothing were removed and 134 stop and search protocols employed.
In addition, alcohol was seized from under-18s 132 times and on 1,023 occasions alcohol was taken from revellers and poured away.
Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said there had been "significant declines" in crime and antisocial behaviour in the town.
However, a warning note was sounded as visitor numbers were said to be generally down due to a combination of poor weather, the recession and the London Olympics.
"This will have significantly contributed to the decrease in crime and incidents of anti-social behaviour," said the spokesman.