28/09/2012

Newquay Bans 'Revolting' Mankinis

In an effort to shake off its image as a haven for drunken revellers and stag parties, newquay has taken the decision to ban mankinis and other "inappropriate clothing".

Police in the Cornish resort have said the decision has helped significantly reduce anti-social behaviour and recorded crime.

Some visitors to Newquay, including children as young as 15, have been sent home as a result of anti-social behaviour, while older tourists have had skimpy costumes seized by police - including mankinis, a thong-like male bathing costume popularised by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's spoof documentary character Borat.

"We have had this consistency of seizing inappropriate items of clothing, sending people home to get changed, and that has worked, it has made a real difference, this 'no-nonsense attitude'," said Devon and Cornwall Police Superintendent Julie Whitmarsh.

"Mankini is what we term 'offensive clothing', so we won't accept people wearing them. They are just hideous.

"Is it just me, but if you were living in Bath for example, or Bournemouth, is that something you would wear to walk into town on a Saturday afternoon? No.

"They are just revolting, there is nothing pleasant about seeing anybody in a mankini. We have had a real crackdown on the fake penises.

"And people are getting that message. You look at the images you see of Newquay now, 2009 is three years ago and we are in a very different place."

The tough stance has been part of the award-winning Newquay Safe campaign, which was launched in the summer of 2009 following the deaths of two teenagers who died following separate, drink-fuelled nights out in the town.

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