Photo: Trelowarren Street, Camborne
There have been incidents of anti-social behaviour in Camborne town centre. Local agencies are working together to tackle the issue but it is essential problems are reported through the proper channels if they are to be dealt with.
If urgent help is needed the advice is to call 999 immediately. If the problem is less urgent the appropriate telephone number is 101. Details can also be left via an email address firstname.lastname@example.org. This email address is not monitored constantly but is checked regularly.
The legal definition of anti-social behaviour is: acting in a way that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household. Examples include verbal abuse, vandalism, joyriding, noise nuisance, criminal damage, assault, throwing missiles, anti-social drinking, engaging in threatening behaviour in groups, or harassment of residents or passers-by.
BID Camborne is an active member of Safer Cornwall, a group comprising representatives from several agencies including Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council, Coastline Homelessness Service and Camborne Town Council. Last week the group met solely to discuss how best to tackle these issues and coordinate a united approach.
BID Manager, Mel Martin, said: “Anti-social behaviour affects the whole community and everyone should work together to address it. The meeting of multiple agencies was extremely positive. One key point raised was that everyone must report problems officially so the police are aware they have taken place because it is only then that they can act. The police cannot act on rumour or comments about anti-social behaviour posted on social media.”
Community Safety Officer, Sarah Necke, said: “All calls to the police are logged and these logs can be used as evidence if any court action is taken. Just the act of reporting incidents is valuable information even if the police do not attend. We will take what you say seriously and will treat you with respect. We also understand that it might be difficult or frustrating for you to talk about what is happening.”