FEWER crimes were committed in Newquay this New Year’s Eve compared to last year.
Police say 11 crimes were recorded at the resort on December 31 between 6pm and 6am, six less than the previous year.
Five people were arrested for night time economy related offences, which can include public order offences, assault, drunk and disorderly and arrests to prevent a Breach of the Peace, but none were of a serious nature, police said.
Newquay inspector Dave Meredith said the drop in crime was thanks to the high visibility of officers throughout the night.
He said: “Revellers throughout the town were generally very good spirited, with most displaying some very imaginative fancy dress costumes.
“Extra police resources including Special Constables and Professional Development Unit officers (the police team that trains new recruits) were deployed throughout the event and I am confident that this additional high visibility police presence prevented several minor arguments and scuffles developing into anything more serious.”
Mr Meredith said he was “particularly grateful” to the efforts of Newquay Streetsafe, a team of police volunteers who help on the ground where possible, enabling officers to deal with more serious incidents.
Newquay Streetsafe, which comprised of police volunteers Sam Biggs and Geoff Ogden, and special constable John Rickard, dealt with 13 incidents between 9pm and 4am on New Year’s Eve.
He said: “Without the availability of Streetsafe, the majority of these incidents would have required police attendance which in turn would have detracted from the police resources available to deal with crime and antisocial behaviour.
“Streets pastors were also on duty providing assistance to vulnerable persons.
“Newquay CCTV was in operation throughout the event and provided invaluable support to the policing operation.
“The good behaviour by the majority of revellers and low recorded crime is further proof that the town’s night time economy is evolving responsibly and moving in the right direction.”
Police volunteer Mr Ogden, said Streetsafe’s “key role” is to help individuals before they require front line ambulance help – or assistance from regular police officers.
“By undertaking this role, it frees the police and ambulance crews for emergencies or other response duties,” he said.
“This was another excellent shift. Mostly mobile, patrolling Newquay town centre, plus regular checks at the harbour, beach areas and car parks.
“I would like to thank inspector Meredith for his support for this project.
“We worked closely with the Special Constabulary which over the years has been an integral part of Streetsafe. 2014 will be an important year for the project, and I am sure we will go from success to success – assisting many vulnerable people, both locals and holiday makers.”
Newquay Streetsafe will be operating again this summer. Follow the team on Twitter @NQYStreetsafe