The decision to ban Borat-style mankinis has helped a seaside town shed its ‘Wild West’ image as a haven for stag and hen parties after cutting crime and drunken anti-social behaviour, police say.
Figures show anti-social behaviour and criminal activity in the Cornish town of Newquay has fallen since 2009.
Officers say a determination to tackle excess drinking, public disorder and the wearing of inappropriate clothing such as mankinis – skimpy male bikini-style bathing cosplaytumes popularised by the comedy character Borat – has helped reduce crime.
Devon and Cornwall Police inspector Dave Meredith, the town’s most senior policeman, said: ‘When you speak to anybody from patrol officers to PCSOs, partners in town, shop keepers, everybody says Newquay has made a miraculous improvement.
Five or six years ago and more, Newquay was a little bit of a Wild West town. It had a bad reputation nationally.
‘People expected to come to Newquay to drink a lot, behave irresponsibly, a lot of really young people came to Newquay and knew they had a good chance of getting drunk. Certainly we have clamped down on that and the image of Newquay now has certainly curtailed some of that.’
Police and community leaders say the town now has more of a family-friendly image and that tourism is booming.
Reports of anti-social behaviour dropped every year from 937 in 2009/10 to 485 in 2012/13.
Overall crime in Newquay has also reduced significantly – from 1,823 incidents in 2012/13 down to 1,624 in 2014/15.
Dave Sleeman, the town’s mayor, said the resort is ‘unrecognisable’ now from its previous image.
He said: ‘I remember back in the 2000s you couldn’t walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you.
‘But now they’re not allowed in Newquay. The police will tell them to go home and get changed if they see them wearing one, and the guest houses and camp sites are pretty good at warning their guests about what’s acceptable.
‘I think we have turned the corner here.’
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