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Newquay pays tribute to inspector

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • FAREWELL: Ian Drummond-Smith, left, with Inspector Dave Meredith at Newquay police station.

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POLICE and community leaders gathered at Newquay police station on Thursday to bid a fond farewell to the town's respected inspector, Ian Drummond-Smith.

The father-of-two, 35, was presented with a special plaque and mug to thank him for his dedicated service to the town. He has been promoted to chief inspector in Plymouth.

Mr Drummond-Smith has held the resort's top post for 18 months, but began as a special in the town in 1998.

In his time as inspector he has introduced a number of hard-hitting initiatives including a crackdown on glass attacks, the introduction of ID scanners to spot forgeries, and a ban on lewd props and clothing such as mankinis.

Mr Drummond-Smith said: "I would like to thank the public for all their support. Newquay has a fantastic community spirit and I have enjoyed working here."

Cornwall councillor Geoff Brown said: "He is a real people person and will be sadly missed."

Acting inspector James Honeywill will cover the town until a permanent replacement is appointed in October.

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 14 2012, 9:36AM

    Looks like a small contingent of the sleeman, brown et al brigade, what happened to inviting the many other people from Newquay Safe, NALP, community workers of the drugs programme, BID, all the other residents associations and the local Chamber of commerce???? It is sad that Drummond-Smith has left after all the hard work he has done with all the groups in Newquay and I know that a lot of them were sorry to have not been invited to the leaving do.