Multiple arrests in Truro as Police operation Loki launches in Falmouth
By Max Goodman
26th Apr 2023 | Local News
Multiple arrests have been made in Truro and action taken against irresponsible drivers during the first week of Police operation Loki in Cornwall.
Operation Loki was launched by Devon & Cornwall Police on 20 March in Exeter and has since spanned to Torquay, Barnstaple, Plymouth, Paignton, Truro, and Falmouth.
The neighbourhood policing operation reached Cornwall on 17 April starting in Truro, with Falmouth Police launching the operation on the 24th of April for four weeks.
Colin Wheeler Sector Inspector of Truro Police said: "In the first few days of Operation Loki in Cornwall, Truro police arrested one man wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court and a second arrested for drug driving and having no insurance."
"Extra patrols in Truro city centre have been well received, some of which have been introduced with the backing of Safer Truro funding and the Bid partnership to safeguard women and girls in our community."
"Last week four drivers in Truro were caught with no insurance, two drivers caught using their phone at the wheel and one motor bike was seized as the driver had no insurance or licence. Our officers also advised the public on checking their tyre condition to help keep them safe on the roads."
"We've seen some good results so far in the operation and I've often heard from the public how important they feel it is to see our officers in the city centre. Our Truro officers are regularly out and about on foot patrol speaking to people including retailers and licensees."
Tim Evans, Sector Inspector of Falmouth Police added; "In Falmouth, our police teams will be conducting high visibility patrols of the town and university areas, checking licensee practices, safeguarding students and dealing with incidences including the misuse of drugs and alcohol on the streets."
"Our school's education and prevention activity will be a cornerstone of neighbourhood policing as it is each week. Our officers will visit schools in the Falmouth area to share insights, guidance, and expertise on the law with young people to help inform them on how to make positive choices which could affect their lives for years to come."
"We will continue to update our community on the action we take to safeguard of community which remains one of the safest places in the country. We also look forward to meeting people and hearing their concerns or dealing with questions they may have at a series of pop-up events; in Falmouth, our officers will be on the Moor regularly during the daytime over the course of the next month. We are capturing public feedback through a survey to hear from our community what they think of our neighbourhood policing."
"Officers will also and importantly be complimenting the engagement activity with action to tackle street drinking, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, and shop theft in the daytime, and activity on the evening and nights to tackle crime linked to the night-time economy. Local officers are being supported by a range of other departments including our dog unit, licensing unit, and force traffic."
"Falmouth, like, Truro is a safe place, and this work demonstrates efforts by our policing teams to not only keep it that way but also ensure the public know what we are doing and why they may see an increased police presence."
Police will be available to speak to on patrol or at pop-up events in Truro city and on the Moor in Falmouth over coming weeks. Check the local policing social media pages for details; Twitter @falmouthpolice