Newquay revealed as 'flasher capital' by crime stats
NEWQUAY has been revealed as the 'flasher capital' of Cornwall with more than twice the number of recorded indecent exposure crimes than any other town.
Police statistics show there were 21 low-level sexual offences committed in the resort in the past two years, the majority of which were classed as 'exposure'.
Bodmin and Hayle were next on the list, with nine recorded crimes each, followed by St Austell and Truro, with seven.
In Newquay, all the offences were committed on different streets, apart from three that occurred on Pentire Avenue and two on Treloggan Road. The victims were women in all but two instances.
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Overall, there were 107 such crimes recorded in Cornwall, all of which led to a charge or caution, according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act.
This week, Newquay Police issued a witness appeal in connection with an indecent exposure incident, which happened at around 9.20pm on Ulalia Road last Tuesday.
Officers are now hunting the young man, who flashed his genitals at a woman as he rode past her on a bike.
Superintendent John Green, who represents east Cornwall, told the Cornish Guardian the figures were no real cause for concern.
He said the higher figures for Newquay were probably explained by the town's night-time economy.
He said: "I think it's fair to say that some (of the crimes) are probably committed on the back of a fair bit of drink. However, any form of sexual offence is a cause for concern, even these low-level ones, just in case the individual is unchecked, but I'm not overly concerned that this is an issue for Cornwall.
"All (perpetrators) were charged or cautioned, which suggests we have a grip on what's going on."
Police research has indicated that people committing low-level sexual offences could go on to commit more serious crimes if left unchecked, Mr Green said.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for Newquay Central, praised police for their no nonsense approach to antisocial behaviour and drink-related crime.
Mr Brown said: "Basically the figures are more a reflection of the police's zero tolerance to such behaviour than a serious problem. Sadly our 2009 image as a party town created such situations and the police crackdown has resulted, in a number of offences being firmly dealt with."