Newquay police call for back-up as three brawls break out simultaneously
NEWQUAY police had to call for back-up from Truro and St Austell when three brawls kicked off in the town centre at the same time.
Officers armed with Tasers were first called out to a punch-up between six lads at the junction between Berry Road and Cliff Road in the early hours of Saturday, August 3.
The fight was broken up and one lout was blasted with the 50,000 volt stun-gun after he pushed an officer and tried to punch an adversary who had already been detained.
Meanwhile, CCTV operators spotted a second scrap in Central Square in which one man was punched in the head from behind, rendering him unconscious.
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In his report to the town council, which runs the resort’s cameras, team leader Phil Rowe said: “Two groups of males were having a bust-up. Police were informed but no local units were available due to the other disorder, so units were deployed from St Austell and Truro.”
While back-up was on its way, Mr Rowe’s team saw yet another fight break out at the top of Chapel Hill in which a group of yobs were brandishing wooden poles.
Mr Rowe said: “The approaching units, now a couple of minutes away, were kept updated. All the males suddenly ran off up into Wesley Yard, the units arrived and gave chase. Two males were stopped and details taken. There were no complaints from the male who was knocked out.”
Despite the call for reinforcements, PCSO Phil Clatworthy told members of Newquay Town Council yesterday that the town’s police force had sufficient resources this summer.
During the full council meeting, he also revealed crime in August had dropped by almost 20 per cent year on year with 98 recorded incidents in 2013, compared to 121 in 2012.
Violent crimes causing injury dropped by more than a third, from 19 to 12, and violence without injuries was down 50 per cent from 10 to 5.
Councillors praised the police for their hard work over the tourist season, and again stressed the importance of having taken over the running of the CCTV cameras.
The town council stepped up to foot the bill after Cornwall Council first pulled funding for CCTV monitoring and then the Government withdrew its grant to disability recruitment company Remploy, which has manned the resort’s 27 cameras since 2011.
Last month alone, Mr Rowe’s team spotted 342 incidents, which led to 59 arrests in Newquay.
The service costs around £80,000 a year, £23,000 of which is paid by St Austell Town Council, whose cameras are also monitored by Remploy employees based in Newquay.
Former mayor Andy Hannan, who led the drive to save the monitoring service, said:
“In summer with the massive influx of people we have it’s crucial we maintain CCTV monitoring and the proactive nature of this. A lot of incidents are nipped in the bud before they develop into something more serious.”
* Four men were arrested in connection to the three fights - two 20-year-olds, a 22-year-old and a 24-year-old. All have been bailed until November 8.