Falmouth Street Watch 'not police work'

A volunteer scheme in Cornwall to tackle anti-social behaviour is not doing the work of the police, Devon and Cornwall Police has said.

Fifteen volunteers will tackle anti-social issues including drunken behaviour and graffiti in the Gyllyngvase area of Falmouth.

The volunteers will work in pairs and intervene in issues or contact police for help as part of Street Watch.

Ch Supt Chris Boarland said: "It isn't about doing the police's job for them."

He added: "We are all going through cuts as part of the public service review, but the reality is the police have never been able to cover every single incident that happened here."

Chris Richardson, chairman of the Falmouth scheme, said: "We're trying to explain to people that their anti-social behaviour is not just upsetting those around them, it's upsetting the whole neighbourhood."

The Street Watch initiative already operates in 19 other areas in the UK and it is hoped the scheme could expand to other areas of Falmouth and Penryn.

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