Newquay police use bikes to creep up on street drinkers and confiscate booze
STEALTHY police officers in Newquay have been using push-bikes to silently creep up on street drinkers and confiscate their booze.
The town's local policing team currently has two bikes at its disposal – but their success has led inspector Dave Meredith to put in a request for two more this summer.
He said the cycles had proved invaluable as they allowed officers to access areas that are off-limits to patrol vehicles.
They were also proving a hit with the public, who liked to see a strong police presence on the streets.
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Mr Meredith said: "These patrol bikes are a real asset to Newquay police and allow officers from the local policing team to significantly increase their patrol areas.
"We have had some excellent feedback from the public, who are delighted to see police officers out on patrol in the local area with these bikes. I am mindful of the positive effect of police visibility on public confidence and am hoping to obtain more patrol bikes for use by Newquay officers this summer."
Mr Meredith said PCSO Ben Pessl had been out and about on one of the bikes in recent weeks, and found it to be hugely beneficial.
He has been patrolling back alleys and educating any drivers showing a "lack of observation skills" on the resort's road.
The bikes were also proving useful when seizing alcohol from people in the town centre as they were "unable to conceal or make off with their alcohol due the quick and silent approach", Mr Meredith said.