Drinking and swearing complaints as rough sleepers camp in car park

Rough sleepers and street drinkers have set up camp in a busy multi-storey car parks.

Police and council officials have received reports of rough sleeping, street drinking and antisocial behaviour in Truro’s Moorfield car park on Calenick Street.

The Cornwall Council-run car park has attracted a number of people congregating in the evenings, with car park users complaining about drinking, swearing and aggressive behaviour.

The Safer Cornwall partnership group, which includes the police, council and other agencies, has said the majority of issues are down to people who have accommodation and aren’t classed as homeless.

When Cornwall Live visited the car park on Monday morning the lower ground floor level had a large amount of smashed glass near parking bays, while makeshift beds had been made on mattresses and pieces of cardboard. Parent and child parking bays were unable to be used because of items left by the rough sleepers.

Beds in parking bays at Moorfield car park in Truro

Tents had been erected on the first floor alongside the exit to the rear of Lemon Street. A table, chairs and plants have been placed outside the tents.

The car park saw a spate of rough sleeping and unruly behaviour in 2016, which was addressed by the Truro Safe partnership, which is now looking into the current situation.

A spokesperson from Safer Cornwall said: “We are aware of ongoing concerns at Moorfield car park, Truro, following reports of rough sleeping, street drinking and antisocial behaviour.

“We want to assure the public that action is being taken to address this through the Truro Safe partnership, this includes varying criminal behaviour orders for some individuals, implementing community protection notices and issuing antisocial behaviour warnings.”

One of the areas of the car park being used by rough sleepers and street drinkers

They added: “Our outreach teams have been visiting the area twice daily to provide support to anyone who is rough sleeping or requiring additional support through We Are With You [charity formerly called Addaction].

“We are also liaising closely with local housing providers and charities including St Petrocs. In this instance the majority of issues relate to individuals who are housed.”

Members of the public are asked to report all crime and disorder to the police by calling 999 in an emergency, or 101 if it is not an emergency but you are witnessing the crime or ASB taking place.

“Your reports ensure police can respond appropriately to these concerns,” added the spokesperson.

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