CRIME increased by 5.6 per cent in Newquay during March compared to the same period last year.

Inspector Guy Blackford believes the crime increase is linked to a rise in theft related offences, which is mirrored nationally.

He states Newquay remains to be one of the safest places to live in the UK as crime is below the national average.

Insp Blackford said: “We have a rise of 5.6 per cent in the last 28 days, which is linked to the national increase in theft related offences. 

“Overall, both the rolling 12 months and last 28 days of recorded crime for Newquay, are below the force average and we continued to be one of the safest places to live in the UK. 

“This week we have successfully obtain a criminal behaviour order on a regular street drinker in Newquay, which will have a huge impact upon the town centre. 

“A second individual is also due in court next week where we hope to get another criminal behaviour order to stop them from entering the town centre. 

“Obtaining a criminal behaviour order involves a lot of hard work by the police and Cornwall Council ASB team, but they are an effective way of stopping criminal and anti-social behaviour and ensuring that our community feel safe and enjoy our wonderful town. 

“We have also charged an individual with eight thefts from shops this week after increasing our patrols to tackle the issue. 

“Work will continue through increased patrols to support our business and reduce this increase in thefts.”