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Town residents in drink protest

Protest at Cornwall County Hall
Protestors have called for a zero tolerance approach

Residents from Newquay have protested at Truro's County Hall and handed in a petition to demand action in dealing with drunken behaviour in the town.

About 80 people took part in the protest, which was organised by the Newquay Residents' Association.

Marchers lobbied a meeting of the unitary authority and delivered a 2,000-signature petition.

The town's nightlife has been criticised recently following the deaths of two teenagers in cliff falls.

The night-time economy is destroying the family life of this town
Dave Sleeman, Newquay Residents' Association

The body of 18-year-old Andrew Curwell, from Saddleworth in Greater Manchester, was found at the foot of cliffs at Great Western Beach on 28 June.

Paddy Higgins, 16, from Wokingham in Berkshire, died on 6 July after falling down cliffs above Towan Beach.

In their petition, protestors said they wanted a zero tolerance approach to drunken and anti-social behaviour, with better levels of policing.

Dave Sleeman, from the residents' association, said: "Residents are fed up by the current image of the town itself.

"We're being affected by the noise, the vandalism, the antisocial behaviour, and the drunkeness.

"The night-time economy is destroying the family life of this town, and destroying family-orientated businesses."

After receiving the petition, Cornwall Council's chairwoman, Cllr Pat Harvey, told the protestors: "I would like to assure you that the council takes your views and your opinions very seriously and I will forward it to the relevant officers."

She said that several agencies were involved in attempting to manage problems in the town.

She said: "Everyone is working very hard, including those involved in policing, licensing, environmental health and environment and youth support as part of a special group."


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