A Message from Devon & Cornwall Police to Parents/Carers

22 March 2024

A message from the Devon & Cornwall Police to parents/carers:

We appreciate many of our local students are respectful and a credit to our community. But over the past 12 months and during the school holidays, Falmouth has been subjected to large scale anti-social behaviour (ASB) by students from Falmouth, Penryn and Truro schools.

The students congregated on Gyllyngvase Beach and the surrounding gardens. The students involved were stealing alcohol, being abusive to members of the public, being violent towards each other, being violent towards members of public that challenged their behaviour, and also abusive to officers that attended to deal with the ongoing ASB.

This behaviour affects the whole community and will not be tolerated. We would like parents/carers to talk to their children and not only know their whereabouts but to actively discourage this type of behaviour via discussion of the consequences.

If the young people are involved and then prosecuted for offences like this, it can influence their life choices and prevent certain careers and even travel options. We will not only look at prosecution but will consider imposing conditions using ASB legislation to control the company of those involved, and where they can and cannot go, to prevent re-offending. There will be a zero-tolerance approach to any ASB.

No parent/carer wants their child to have a criminal record. We therefore encourage you to speak to your child about the potential consequences. We want our young people to enjoy their holidays, stay safe and behave in a social manner so the whole community can enjoy Falmouth.

Kind regards

The Falmouth Neighbourhood Team