Newquay is 'in safe hands' as former police chief returns
An inspector who was "reassigned" from his role as Newquay's top officer two years ago has once again been chosen to lead the town's police.
Dave Meredith's removal in March 2010 sparked outrage from community leaders, who supported his tough stance on the night-time economy.
But police chiefs at the time denied the decision had anything to do with his views on the licensed trade.
He has spent the last two years as a response inspector in east Cornwall but he will now take up the Newquay reins from Ian Drummond-Smith, who has been promoted to chief inspector in Plymouth.
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Mr Meredith vowed to continue the work of his predecessor, who was widely applauded for his 'no nonsense' approach to antisocial behaviour and the town's late-night drinking culture.
The new inspector said: "Ian Drummond-Smith achieved considerable success during his time at Newquay and I would like to assure residents, partner agencies and businesses that the police will continue its commitment to delivering the very best police service to the town and surrounding area."
News of Mr Meredith's return has been welcomed by community representatives in the resort.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall councillor for the Newquay central division, said: "I am sure that Inspector Meredith will follow on seamlessly with [Mr Drummond-Smith's] 'no nonsense' style of policing.
"It is my belief that the people of Newquay can feel confident that their public safety and protection remain in safe hands."
Tracy Earnshaw, a campaigner against lap-dancing, added: "Newquay is a unique town with a unique set of challenges. Dave Meredith understood this, and he also understood how to respond to those challenges.
"He is an experienced, dedicated, hard-working officer which is what Newquay needs."
Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding, police commander for Cornwall, said: "Inspector Meredith is an experienced officer in Newquay.
"I am sure he will soon renew his acquaintance with our colleagues in the Newquay Safe Partnership and do all he can to continue the excellent progress that has occurred in making the town a safe and enjoyable place to be."
Historically the Newquay inspector was responsible for Bodmin and Wadebridge, but a boundary review means he will now only look after Newquay, St Columb Major and surrounding areas.
Mrs Fielding said: "This reduction of geographic responsibility is excellent news for the town as it will allow the sector inspector to spend more time, and concentrate his efforts on, dealing with the communities' issues."