Top Truro Cop Says City ‘Not The Bronx’ Amid Fear Of Antisocial Behavior
Truro’s senior police officer called for calm over recent reports of an increase in anti-social behavior in the city center.
Inspector Colin Wheeler said a âperspectiveâ is needed on the problem, which he says experiences peaks and valleys all the time – and can easily be overstated when a high-profile incident occurs.
He said: âConcerns and reports associated with anti-social behavior in the city seem to come and go and I monitor them regularly.
Read: Truro residents ‘fear’ downtown as attacks and anti-social behavior are reported
âThis then helps us identify the main areas of concern and the people responsible. We continue to work with key partners and agencies to monitor and respond. “
The problem of anti-social behavior in Truro has seen a resurgence in recent months, with two attacks in the city center in just a few months and reports of “intimidation” in the area.
Most recently, a man was stabbed and had his nose broken on Tuesday, November 23 at Lemon Quay.
Before that, a man was assaulted on Furniss Island at the end of September, injuring his arm in an area known for street drinking.
CornwallLive, earlier this week, reported that some residents believed they were not safe in the city center due to the incidents, along with more common low-level ASBs like yelling and intimidating behavior.
You can read more about it here.
Ins Wheeler said he understands people’s concerns and explained, âWe continue to work with key partners and agencies to monitor and respond.
âWe are looking to understand the cause of the problem, provide support and point to the appropriate agencies, in the hope that this helps.
We are the police of course, so part of our response and our business is to arrest people and bring them to court. We’ve seen a number of issues recently, but we’ve also taken a robust approach, which has resulted in the involvement of the courts. “
But, he said, Truro isn’t as bad as social media storms might make locals believe.
âI think we just need to keep a perspective on things and not generate a knee-jerk reaction or concern over incidents that are sometimes isolated and often result in an arrest and a charge,â Ins Wheeler continued.
âI think that as a local police team we could improve the way we communicate our activity.
“However, this is Truro, not the Bronx, and I think overall it’s a safe place and like I said before it’s important to me that people feel safe and that this be safe. “
Recently, the city received a new anti-social behavior officer appointed by Cornwall Council, Stephen Lennon, whose job it is to patrol the streets.
But Ins Wheeler said police are also stepping up their focus on ground boots in Truro.
He added: âWe were lucky in Truro as we were able to secure an additional Neighborhood Police Officer position which I was able to fill almost immediately.
âPC Dan Robins is the latest addition to the team and he is specifically responsible for proactive and visible patrols.
âI hope people see him a lot in and around town. In addition, at two specific times of the day, the neighborhood team will walk where they can, keeping an eye on things.
Sgt Dave Pearce, another Truro-based officer, recently posted on Twitter the results of some of the recent police services in the city.
A man, James Pearce, received a criminal conduct order that banned him from entering downtown Truro for five years.
Sgt Pearce said he considers it a “huge positive” step to tackle ASB in the city.
Ins Wheeler added that the public should be patient: âI’m sure people will know that, but the Truro agents look after a huge area, it’s not just downtown (and it doesn’t is not just the ASB with which we are dealing).
âIt stretches from Porthtowan to Probus and beyond, then to Perranporth and to St Mawes. A nice patch, but a big one. I have to make sure that the surrounding areas also feel this extra presence and reassure.
âI think people generally like to see the police; it is reassuring and for the agents it is good that they take the time to get involved with our communities.
âI would be interested to hear what the public thinks of this though. This will help me understand if this additional investment is wise. If so, it makes sense to try and maintain it.
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