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Newquay alcohol disorder targeted

Residents march
Residents have marched in protest at the state of their town

Police in Newquay have announced new measures to tackle drunk and disorderly behaviour at the popular tourist spot.

The summer of 2009 saw the deaths of two teenage boys who fell off cliffs in the town after drinking with friends.

The force said it would confiscate alcohol from under-18s and put more officers on the beat, in trains and at campsites.

People who are drunk or under the influence of drugs will be removed from the streets.

The action plan also includes a national advertising campaign. The Police have teamed up with council and tourism officials to commission the advert.

It will send out a message to youngsters and parents across the country that drunken disorder will not be tolerated in Newquay.

Police patrols will confiscate alcohol from Stag and hen parties and under 18's.

In June and July 2009 two young men died after falling off cliffs in the town. The police put both deaths down to alcohol.

'Positive feeling'

The Newquay Safe Partnership was set up and it is now improving fencing along the cliffs and new safety signs are also being put up.

A "designated public spaces" order is being established to cover the whole town and surrounding areas. It will give police the power to confiscate alcohol and stop on-street drinking.

Earlier this year, residents staged a protest march over the issue. Some have said they feel positive about the new action plan.

Supt Julie Whitmarsh said: "People in Newquay want Newquay to change and I really do have a positive feeling about where it will be in the future."

Dave Sleeman, from Newquay Residents Association, said: "It will take effect and this town is going to be cleaned up. Things are actually looking very good at the moment."

Many of the measures have already been put in place, others will be introduced from Christmas onwards.



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