They’ve already cracked down on the Borat-style mankini and booze-fuelled antisocial behaviour, but now police in Newquay are taking a zero-tolerance stance on “offensive clothing” in a bid to improve the image of the resort.
Police and publicans have created a new code of conduct for the Newquay Pubwatch scheme.
It covers issues such as people wearing “inappropriate clothing” and carrying weapons.
The code can be enforced by any licensed premises signed up to the scheme. Details of it will be visible in pubs, clubs and bars around the town, as well as being carried by door staff.
Posters have also been handed out to local hotel and B&B owners to make visitors aware of the code.
Newquay’s most senior, inspector Dave Meredith, said: “Newquay Pubwatch has been operating for just over a year and is a great example of partnership work between the police and licensees.
“This code of conduct is a real success story for Newquay Pubwatch and demonstrates how the town’s licensing trade is taking a responsible and robust approach to tackling drink-related crime and antisocial behaviour.
He added: “This code of conduct is fully supported by the Newquay Safe partnership.”
The Newquay Pubwatch code of conduct states:
Persons wearing inappropriate clothing that may cause others offence will not be allowed into any licensed premises that is part of Newquay Pubwatch as a condition of entry.
Persons carrying items that may cause others offence will not be allowed into any licensed premises that are part of Newquay Pubwatch as a condition of entry.
Door staff will have the discretion to exclude persons wearing shirts or any other item of clothing displaying offensive images or words from any licensed premises that is a part of Newquay Pubwatch as a condition of entry.
Newquay Pubwatch operates a ‘banned from one, banned from all’ policy. Persons involved in crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour in any licensed premises will be banned from all licensed premises in the Pubwatch scheme.
All licensed premises within Newquay Pubwatch are linked with Pubwatch radios. Details of persons involved in crime, disorder or anti-social behaviour will be circulated to all other Pubwatch members. The Pubwatch radio system is linked to the town centre CCTV network.
Anyone found breaking the code could receive a lengthy ban from all the premises which sign up to the scheme and persistent offenders could face a permanent ban from the pubs and clubs.
Newquay mayor Dave Sleeman praised the new code and said it would help to further clean-up Newquay’s image.
“I think it’s absolutely brilliant,” he said. “It just goes to show that we have responsible pub owners at last and they’re doing a good job. It’s all for the good of the town; it’s what’s needed and should be commended.
“People used to come here and think they could get away with murder but that’s not the case
anymore the town has cleaned its act up and things are getting better all the time.
He added: “This is good for the community; it’s good for everyone. We’ve all got to work together to improve the town and this is a good example of what can happen if we all work together”.
Story courtesy of Cornish Guardian www.cornishguardian.co.uk