Penzance Town Council will meet later to discuss tackling antisocial behaviour in the town centre.
Crime statistics for the previous 12 months show Penzance East as having the highest level of antisocial behaviour of any post code area in Cornwall with an offence rate of 347 per cent of the national average.
Councillors report that with the arrival of spring and improved weather, there has been a dramatic increase in aggressive begging and intimidatory behaviour by street drinkers and overt drug dealing.
A meeting between Penzance Town Mayor Dick Cliffe, Cornwall councillors, Police and Cornwall Council’s Community Safety Team on 5 June concluded that the less serious incidents of antisocial behaviour were not getting reported to Police. It was felt this made Penzance appear less needy of Police resources resulting in the town receiving a smaller share of available resources.
At tonight’s extraordinary meeting of Penzance Town Council, members will discuss implementing community safety patrols to improve the reporting of antisocial behaviour to the Police and Cornwall Council.
Councillors are also set to vote on whether to approach Cornwall Council to explore the possibility of moving the location of Penzance’s antisocial behaviour officer from Tolvaddon to Penzance town centre.
The meeting is being held at St John’s Hall at 7pm.