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Newquay police to patrol on segway

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Newquay police are to patrol beaches on a segway this summer.

Specially trained officers will use it on the sand to allow them reach anyone who needs help in a speedy fashion.

Officers say it will primarily be used for searching for missing people on the beaches around the resort and for patrols by neighbourhood officers.

The electric vehicle is being loaned to the force, free of charge, by a national segway company.

It won't be used to patrol pavements, roads or the town centre.

This is a new approach to policing our beaches and I am delighted that Newquay police have embraced the use of a Segway to enhance our patrol cover of the town’s beaches. The Segway supports the force’s green agenda and gives local officers the ability to search and patrol large beach areas that would otherwise be challenging to access. It will enable officers to talk to visitors and residents throughout the beach areas, and have a positive impact on public confidence.

– Inspector Dave Meredith, Devon & Cornwall Police

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Newquay Zoo's much loved red panda off to Slovakia

Keepers at Newquay Zoo are bidding a fond farewell to their beloved baby red panda.

Credit: Newquay Zoo

Eight-month-old Hu, who was born at the zoo in November, is to go to Bojnice Zoo in Slovakia where he will join conservation efforts to save his species from extinction, staff say.

The red panda’s status on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has been classified as “endangered. It's hoped that Hu will become part of a breeding pair.

700
red pandas in zoos across the world, but numbers in the wild are unknown.

Hu was the first red panda that we have bred at Newquay Zoo and we were delighted when he was born, but we are even more pleased that he will now go on to hopefully become a father to his own offspring.

– John Meek, Newquay Zoo

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Police caught 'swanning around'

Swanning around was all part of the job for one police officer when he found himself in a real-life Hot Fuzz rescue.

Reminiscent of the 2007 movie, which starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, police officers from Newquay were called to rescue a distressed swan.

Posting the escapade on Twitter Sergeant David Nielson is seen calming own the swan in the back of a police car.

It was later taken to a safe location and released back into the wild.

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