AN ASSAULT took place in Newquay every day last month – but the resort’s police chief has said he is not worried by the statistic.
Inspector Dave Meredith also says he has “no significant concerns” about a number of fights that have taken place at the JD Wetherspoon Cribbar pub on Gover Lane in recent months.
Overall in February there were 10 assaults causing actual bodily harm, 11 common assaults, three cases of wounding or intentionally causing grievous bodily harm, and two reports of malicious wounding without intent.
There was also one incident that saw a police constable attacked, and one recorded robbery.
Delivering his crime report to members of Newquay Town Council yesterday, Mr Meredith said: “There were 28 assaults, which is obviously one a day, but I don’t think it’s bad.”
Reports for January and February by the town’s CCTV monitoring team described several incidents when officers were called to the Cribbar to deal with trouble.
On Friday, January 3, police chased and arrested four men following a fight in the pub. And on Sunday, February 23, two men were arrested after an incident on the dance floor which left a man badly injured.
On Saturday, February 8, a man was arrested after he and a pal were spotted acting aggressively to door staff at the Cribbar.
Mr Meredith said: “We have had some incidents at the Cribbar. However considering its capacity, popularity and central location, I don’t have any significant concerns. The police will obviously robustly deal with any criminal issues that are disclosed.”
He praised the CCTV team, saying operators always worked closely with his officers “or one step ahead”.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said the company was aware of two recent incidents and always co-operated fully with police.
He said: “The Cribbar is one of the most popular and busiest pubs in Newquay and we are happy that we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our staff and customers at all times. We have an excellent team of door staff who work in tandem with management to ensure the smooth running of the pub.
“Our management have regular monthly meetings with the police licensing team and they are kept abreast of any incidents. Both the police and ourselves are aware of two incidents in the past couple of months.”
During yesterday’s meeting, Mr Meredith stressed police were on top of crime in the town, with home burglaries down 79 per cent in February, year on year.
Burglaries at other properties had reduced by 70 per cent, while vehicle offences had dropped 78 per cent, he said.