This year's famous bank holiday Run to the Sun by VW enthusiasts was a success as far as police were concerned although weather conditions were appalling.

Newquay Inspector Jim Pearce said: "This year has seen a very successful Run to the Sun event. Crime is 30 per cent down on last year and arrests were up, resulting in two out of three crimes being detected.

"Trevelgue campsite was full and provided excellent entertainment over the weekend, which resulted in a high proportion of their residents remaining on site for the evening. The main challenges faced were from the boy racer' element and from a relatively few alcohol related incidents of disorder."

With the assistance of traffic officers police dealt with 17 incidents relating to car cruises and vehicle related nuisance in Newquay. Because of problems over the last few years car parks were closed off by Restormel Borough Council and local businesses.

This significantly reduced the number of complaints from members of the public this year, said police. The owners of five vehicles received warning notices for driving without consideration for other road users and antisocial behaviour. Three owners had their vehicles seized from them as they had received a warning for this within the last 12 months. Four drivers were arrested for drink driving. In addition to this drivers received penalty tickets for speeding, no insurance, driving whilst using a mobile phone, failing to wear a seatbelt and other offences.

"This year we received very few complaints of the misuse of waterpistols and water bombs. We would like to thanks retailers in the town for their assistance in not supplying these items as this had been a major source of public complaint in the past.

"Throughout the weekend we received 30 minor incidents of disorder, almost all involving two to three people at most. These were promptly tackled by officers deployed on footpatrol throughout the town. CCTV has proved very effective yet again in identifying minor incidents before they got any worse. In total we recorded 50 crimes, down on 74 last year, and 50 people were arrested."