Local policing priorities for Isles of Scilly

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.

Priority

VEHICLE SAFETY

A reminder to all vehicle users...

YOU are are responsible as the driver of a vehicle to regularly check the condition of your vehicle's TYRES, WIPERS & LIGHTS!!!!

With the incliment weather recently it is paramount that these are in good working order.

Thank you.

 

Issued 25 January, 2018

Priority

NIGHT TIME ECONOMY

Various concerns have been expressed by residents and hotel/guest house owners/holiday let owners and guests around noise levels after midnight in Hughtown St Marys. To address this, officers have changed shifts to stay on until 0300 when there is a temporary event notice to shepherd people through town and disperse them, use the powers allowed under the designated public place order in connection with alcohol related nuisance and generally negotiate with those who have the right to carry on socialising at 3am that they should do so quietly with respect to the rights of others to enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.

Swearing and urinating in public has been dealt with by words of advice, penalty notices for disorder (£90 fine) and buckets of hot soapy water with which the offenders have cleaned up. This is an annual conflict between those who come to Scilly for peace and quiet whose revenue sustains the local economy in large part and those who work in the local economy - seasonal workers and locals who have a right and need to socialise when they have finished work. Late night patrols have been working and PC Wiltshire is exploring the use of street marshals in conjunction with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and the police licensing officer in Truro.

Street marshals are Security Industry Authority (SIA) trained and there would be an advantage in having street marshals not just for the busier summer evenings but perhaps for major events such as world pilot gig champs, regattas and any other event that might require formally qualified marshals. It would also require local people to be trained up and would then increase their earnings potential with the SIA skill. As said, PC Richard Wiltshire is working on a more sustainable solution.

Issued 13 August, 2017

Action taken

Update: 19 April 2018 - CSP

The Community Safety Partnership met on 19th October. Unfortunately the Licensing Officer was not able to attend. Cornwall Council in the form of Angela Andrews and by email, Jez Bayes have offered lots of very valuable input to reduce alcohol related harm for example through the SMART scheme for bar staff which it is hoped will run in March 2018 for the new season and will dovetail in with CSE and ASB guidance for seasonal staff.

Actioned 19 April, 2018

Priority

POLICE VISIBILITY, DRINK DRIVING AND DRIVING STANDARDS ON OFF ISLANDS.

Visit to St Martins 200517 following the TWOC (taken without consent) of a vehicle which was crashed into a wall. During enquiries we spoke to Councillor Smith who said he would like to see more police presence on the off islands. He said one of the big local concerns is around driving standards, speed and drink driving. We discussed this and agreed that we would provide some information for the local community on driving standards.

The vehicle examiners are over this week and if we can we will visit St Martins. These problems are common to all off islands and there is also a dimension where responsible retail sale of alcohol by licencees could mitigate the risks.  For example, if someone comes in who is driving and asks for a drink it would be possible for the licensee to make sale dependant on that person surrendering their keys until the next morning. It is intended that officers will respond to this concern by more visits to off islands and attention to driving and alcohol. This can be affected by issues on St Marys with its larger population and more problematic driving and alcohol issues.

Issued 20 May, 2017

Action taken

Update: 19 April 2018 - VRM LEGISLATION

We now have some information back from DVLA and our Force Legal Department about the applicability of VERA the vehicle excise legislation and any requirement to have VRM plates on the  off Islands. Once a meeting has been had with the Duchy of Cornwall, then letter will be sent to all off islanders to explain the position in law. It is not clear whether this will promote buggie use or whether it might create problems in obtaining vehicle insurance. Once the meeting has resolved the issues the information will be disseminated especially to the off islanders.

Update: 19 April 2018 - golf buggies

we have had several incidents with visitors on golf buggies driving erratically and with too much speed, treating the buggies as toys. we have spoken to the Scilly Cart company and several groups of drivers and passengers.

Actioned 19 April, 2018

Priority

PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR FROM ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

Scilly is a beautiful place but living here can be challenging. Alcohol related harm is ever present whether that is presented in admissions to hospital, disorderly nuisance behaviour, aspects of Child Sexual Exploitation and crimes such as criminal damage. Together with our Community Safety Partnership colleagues such as Health, Childrens Services and Licensing Officers of the Council for the Isles of Scilly we will work to promote referrals to services such as the Addaction fortnightly visits to enable treatment and recovery. We will work with Licensees and their staff to ensure that the licensing objectives have real meaning and that alcohol sales are lawful. We will bring Youth Intervention Officers to the Five Islands School to work with the School on healthy choices to reduce the risk of harm from both alcohol and drugs. We will seek intelligence on the supply of controlled drugs and take positive action where we are justified in doing so. We will review our progress through the Community Safety Partnership forum.

Issued 13 April, 2017

Action taken

Update: 22 October 2017 - PROBLEM BEHAVIOUR FROM ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE

We have had the World Pilot Gig Championship Weekend and had various incidents mainly of assaults which were alcohol related. We are reviewing those crimes as well as investigating them and having a joint agency meeting with the Council and a couple of licensees on 260517 to discuss so that the main issue of selling alcohol to people who are already drunk is recognised and dealt with.

Update: 22 October 2017 - ALCOOL RELATED SOCIAL HARM

The Community Safety Partnership meeting attended by the PCC's representative Lyn Gooding heard about the violence and crime over Gig Weekend as well as the burden imposed on Health Services by the intoxicated over Gig Weekend. the debate continues. Addaction have received several referrals arising from community resolutions connected with Gig Weekend crimes.

Update: 22 October 2017 - ALCOHOL RELATED SOCIAL HARM

UPDATE FROM SERVICE PROVIDERS IS VERY ENCOURAGING AS ADDACTION AVAILABILITY TO ISLANDERS IS INCREASED WITH A COUNSELLOR PRESENT EVERY TWO WEEKS AND OTHERWISE ACCESSIBLE ON THE PHONE.

Update: 22 October 2017 - CPS meeting

The Community Safety Partnership heard from police of the proportion of alcohol related crimes generally and specific issues of late night noise nuisance caused by customers from Licensed Premises in the streets looking for after parties. There was also discussion around Houses of Multiple Occupation in which some of the after parties might take place and the general perception of conflict between those employed in looking after tourists and visitors but then once shift ended, going out and legitimately enjoying themselves. Environmental Health are keen to do what they can to assist in any proportionate resolution and some hoteliers are taking a responsible position in improving their accommodation so that older people might come to IOS to work and reduce the nuisance. Additionally the costs to health and Health from excess drinking and drugs was discussed and the much higher level of input from Addaction for those who wished to address their drug and alcohol consumption was commented on very favourably. Action continues and it was hoped by the meeting that the Licensing Officer would attend the next CSP in February so all groups who have the power to make a difference are working together.

Actioned 22 October, 2017

Priority

ROAD SAFETY

Concerns about the roadworthiness of vehicles is a constant concern expressed to us by the community. We have arranged for officers from the Serious Collisions and Investigation Unit to visit the Islands in May 2017 to check on the roadworthiness of vehicles being used on the Islands. We will offer voluntary checks and there will also be some road side stops all designed to ensure that our roads are safer for all to use.

Issued 13 April, 2017

Action taken

Update: 22 October 2017 - road safety week update

The vehicle examiner and a police sergeant from the Collisions Unit are scheduled to visit for several days 22nd May onwards. We have various passenger and freight vehicles pencilled in for examination. We will be doing spot checks under the Road Traffic Act on cars but if you wish to have your vehicle checked out please ring us on 01720 422444 or stop us in the street and we will make the arrangements.

Update: 22 October 2017 - vehicle examiners

the vehicle examiners came to Scilly for 5 days at the end of May and visited St Marys, St Martins and St Agnes.

89 vehicles in total were checked.

20 PG9’s / scrapped

49 Advisory notices

Only 20 vehicles in a serviceable condition and half of them were probably a local haulierS!

 

That’s nearly a quarter of those checked taken off the road

 

There have been issues raised about the use of golf buggies on the off islands. Several are not registered but the registration process is very onerous and will drive islanders to buy in cars which may be too big for the paths on the off islands. However the Road Traffic Acts do apply just no Excise duty on the off islands. I am taking this forward and hope to invite DVSA to visit the islands and speak to interested parties. I have suggested that interested parties contact their MP. There are several competing interests road safety, the environment and the economy of the off islands to name but a few.

Update: 22 October 2017 - OFF ISLANDERS DIFFICULTIES IN GETTING VRMS FOR GOLF BUGGIES

THERE IS ONGOING CONTACT BETWEEN DRIVER VEHICLE LIAISON AGENCY AND POLICE LIAISION OFFICERS AND THE LOCAL IOS POLICE AROUND REGISTRATION OF GOLF BUGGIES FOR USE ON OFF ISLANDS. IT IS A COMPLICATED ISSUE WITH THE ROAD TRAFFIC LAWS AND REGULATIONS STIPULATING THEY MUST BE REGISTERED FOR USE ON THE PUBLIC PATHS OF THE OFF ISLANDS. HOWEVER OWNERS HAVE FOUND GREAT DIFFICULTY IN REGISTERING THE VEHICLES VIA DVLA LEADING TO COMMENT THAT IT IS EASIER TO BUY A LARGER HATCHBACK CAR WITH A VRM PLATE EVEN THOUGH ENVIRONMENTALLY, FINANCIALLY AND ROAD SAFETY-WISE THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY DESIRABLE. AS SAID, ONGOING COMMUNICATIONS TO OPEN UP THE PROBLEM TO BRING ABOUT A SOLUTION THAT MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE OFF ISLANDERS AND ENSURES COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW.

Update: 22 October 2017 - VRM PLATES

Progress has been made with regard to VRM plates. Before the legal position is advertised a meeting needs to take place with the Duchy of Cornwall around their views as they maintain the paths of the off islands along which motor vehicles are driven.

Actioned 22 October, 2017

Priority

THEFT OF FUEL FROM BOATS

A persistent theme when we are talking to people is that of fuel thefts. So that we can prevent the thefts and identify the offenders we are working with partners such as the Harbour Master, Harbour Users and victims of crime. We are encouraging the reporting of  crimes so that we can get a true picture of the extent of the problem: this will enable to consider other measures and means of preventing crime and detecting the offender. We are also encouraging people to give us information that will be treated in confidence that we can use to identify the offenders and deal with them. We recognise the dangers of what to some is a petty crime but in fact is highly dangerous if people go on the water thinking they have a full fuel can and then are adrift when their fuel runs out. In encouraging people to report the fuel thefts, people have come forward with reports of other marine crime. Such as theft of outboard propellers, oars and lately a hydrostatic release valve from the liferaft of a work boat. In a maritime community this is especially deplorable criminal behaviour. We will have conversations with Harbour users to gain information, investigate crimes promptly and dilligently and consider other measures to catch the offenders and will report back to the Harbour User Group as well as individual victims of crime.

Issued 13 April, 2017

Action taken

Update: 22 October 2017 - update on theft of fuel from boats

Just to keep you posted, together with Harbour Staff we are continuing to investigate a recent theft of fuel from a boat on the pontoon. We would encourage any other victims to come forward.

Update: 22 October 2017 - continued thefts

we have had 11 thefts from vessels on the IOS since January 1st, 8 being fuel thefts. some of these have involved water being mixed with the fuel remnant as if to weight up the can and or out of malice. this includes the RNLI boarding boat. PC Nic Gould is in charge of the investigation and we are using several different tactics in order to detect the offender. some we wont disclose as I am sure people will understand. we would encourage anyone with any relevant information or suspicions to come forward. please ring us on 01720 422444 or stop us in the street.

Update: 22 October 2017 - END OF SEASON

This is a regular seasonal problem and endangers lives. Plans are in hand for the 2018 season so that we act much earlier than we did this year. You will appreciate that some of the measures are kept under wraps so that we can catch the thieves but please be assured that we are devoting our resources to this problem. If you need your property marked with a unique marker then please speak to us and we will be happy to use our Selecta DNA kits to protect your property.

Actioned 22 October, 2017

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