The public has been assured that a high-profile policing operation will remain in Newquay in the wake of the cancellation of the Boardmasters Festival.

Officers will be deployed to the town which is still expecting thousands of visitors.

Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, police commander for East Cornwall, said: “Some 53,000 visitors were due to attend Boardmasters, the Duchy’s largest event, and we will continue to monitor the number of people who travel to the town despite the cancellation.

“We are deploying officers to Newquay today and over the coming weekend.

“Newquay Police Station front counter will be open from today until Sunday between 10am and 4pm.

“We are concerned about the wider impact of the weather, especially the strong winds across the Duchy on Friday and Saturday and will be deploying officers were required.

“We ask that everyone who is attending the surf festival or staying in the area to take responsibility for their safety. Please don’t leave valuables such as mobile telephones unattended, or in unoccupied tents.

“As a reminder, at any time of year, please stay away from the sea during high winds and bad weather. Please take care of your friends and family during this busy time.”

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