Weekly drop-in sessions have begun in Camborne in a bid to reduce the amount of crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.

Residents will be able to talk about any concerns they have with Cornwall Council’s anti-social behaviour casework for the area and a member of the local neighbourhood police team.

The one-month pilot scheme is taking place at Camborne One Stop Shop in Dolcoath Avenue on Thursday mornings, between 10am and noon, with the next session this Thursday, January 30.

It has been organised by the Safer Cornwall partnership.

Inspector Billy McWhirter, police sector inspector for Camborne, Pool and Redruth, said: “Crime and anti-social behaviour has a direct impact on the quality of life of our community and we are committed to working with partners to deal with these very important issues.

“I hope the new drop-in sessions will provide an opportunity to the public to discuss their concerns with officers and help us to make sure we are focusing our efforts on the issues that matter most to the people we serve.”

Anyone experiencing anti-social behaviour can email 101@dc.police.uk or call 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.

If discarded needles or drug related litter is found, do not attempt to pick it up but report the location to Cornwall Council’s Waste Management Team via the webpage www.cornwall.gov.uk/needles or telephone 0300 1234 141.

If you see someone sleeping rough you can contact Streetlink via streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914, or call 999 if they need urgent medical assistance.

Information on crimes can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111.

Camborne mayor David Wilkins said: “Camborne Town Council welcomes the news of the drop-in sessions and believe it is a positive step for the town.

“They will allow residents and business owners additional opportunity to bring their concerns to the attention of the police and anti-social behaviour team so relevant services can act efficiently.”

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for the environment and public protection, said if the pilot scheme went well then he could see it being introduced in other parts of Cornwall also.