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Newquay's alcohol disorder scheme praised

Newquay at night
Measures are in place to confiscate drink and deal with drunken revellers

A multi-agency taskforce, set up last year after two teenagers fell to their deaths from cliffs in Cornwall, has been recognised by the government.

The aim of the Newquay Safe Partnership is to tackle anti-social behaviour and boost local confidence in the town.

The partnership includes police, local councils, pubs, the NHS and residents.

Newquay Safe has been named one of the government's 12 "Pathfinders" to show other towns how agencies can work together to provide community safety.

Home Office staff, who visited the town last October, said Newquay Safe was one of the "most solid" partnerships they had come across.

The impact of these projects will be long term and not just for an individual season
Guy Thomas, Newquay town centre manager

The partnership has also tackled the issue of under-age drinking, with pubs and clubs signing up to the "Challenge 21" protocol on identification.

It has also renewed sections of fencing and put up new warning signs on the cliffs around the resort, which has become increasingly popular with students celebrating the end of exams.

When 18-year-old Andrew Curwell and 16-year-old Paddy Higgins died in June and July, police said alcohol was involved in both deaths.

Cliffs in Newquay
More fencing and warning signs have been put up around Newquay's cliffs

Under a "designated public spaces" order, police in the town now have the power to confiscate alcohol and stop on-street drinking.

Guy Thomas, Newquay town centre manager, said all the main agencies now have a "frontline" role in the town.

"It is a great tribute to the hard work and joint efforts made by all the partners that the government has recognised the merits of the Newquay Safe Partnership," he said.

"The impact of these projects will be long term and not just for an individual season."

Residents' Association chairman Dave Sleeman said local people could look forward to a brighter future for the resort.

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