Truro and Falmouth MP Cherilyn Mackrory says she welcomes funding from the government to make streets safer, especially for women and girls.

The government says it is allocating a further £25 million to local projects through the Safer Streets Fund.

£33,649 of this funding will be going towards projects aimed at increasing the safety of public spaces for all with a particular focus on tackling violence against women and girls in Falmouth and Penryn.

Truro and Falmouth’s Member of Parliament Cherilyn Mackrory said: “Any incident of violence towards women and girls is one too many and I worked closely with the Government earlier this year to get the message out around the development of the Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, which has now been published, and gives us a sound plan to work on in this area.

“I welcome this additional funding for Penryn and Falmouth and look forward to seeing it be used to make our streets safer for all, while continuing to work with all parties, national and locally, to ensure we do everything we can to eradicate the sadly too-prevalent violent crimes against women and girls that blight our society.”

Created with the objective of tackling local acquisitive crimes like car theft and burglary, the latest round of the Safer Streets Fund is focused on making public places safer for all, with an emphasis on the safety of women and girls and comes on the eve of the Tory party conference.

The government says crimes which take place in public places such as sexual harassment disproportionately affect women, which is why this latest investment largely focus on making spaces safer for women and girls.  

The move comes in the wake of public outrage following the murder of Sarah Everard in London by a serving Metropolitan police officer.

Recipients of funding have submitted bids for innovative plans to increase the safety of public spaces or projects which will focus on changing the behaviour of perpetrators.