ENGLAND: It was one small ban for mankinis, one giant step for a seaside resort town.
Officials in Newquay say crime has fallen since they cracked down on stag parties with revellers wearing the revealing one-piece garments.
The town is a haven for surfers and also attracts large numbers of young partygoers.
After two teenagers fell from cliffs to their deaths in 2009, residents protested about the excessive partying.
Police clamped down on anti-social behaviour, including public drunkenness and the wearing of “inappropriate clothing”, including the sling-style men’s swimsuits made notorious by Borat, which one senior police officer called “revolting”.
Police said that reported cases of anti-social behaviour had nearly halved since 2009-10, and crime fell from 1,823 incidents in 2012-13 to 1,624 incidents in 2014-2015.
Police Inspector Dave Meredith said the town had seen “a miraculous improvement”.
Newquay mayor David Sleeman said the town was unrecognisable from a few years ago, when “you couldn’t walk the streets on a Saturday without seeing someone wearing a mankini or what have you.
“But now they’re not allowed in Newquay. The police will tell them to go home and get changed if they see them wearing one, and the guest houses and campsites are pretty good at warning their guests about what’s acceptable. I think we have turned the corner here.”
The little firefighter
USA: Firefighters were too big to rescue a kitten from a storm drain, but a six-year-old girl’s size proved to be just right.
Firefighters in South Carolina responded when the girl, Janeysha Cruz, and her friends saw the trapped kitten. The girl’s mother called 911 and then gave firefighters permission to lower her nearly 3ft down into the drain, which was too small for them to enter.
The girl was able to coax the kitten to come to her and handed it to the firefighters.
I do want to miss a thing
USA: Police have alerted residents of a New Jersey township that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler will not be performing at a small pick-your-own strawberry farm. NJ.com reported that the rock star and American Idol judge was listed on concert websites ReverbNation and Eventful as performing a Saturday morning show at Windsor Farm & Market.
Farm owner Wayne Kalinowski says he was tipped to the problem when a woman wanted to know more about the venue.
After Kalinowski reported the issue, West Windsor police sent an email alert, telling residents Tyler wasn’t coming.
Lt Robert Garafolo says there does not seem to be criminal intent.
Tyler’s publicist Amanda Ruisi says Tyler was never booked to perform at the farm.
Lost ring logged
USA: A diamond ring lost for some 30 years has been found by preservationists dismantling a 19th-century log cabin so it can be moved to another town in northern New York.
Beverly Parmeter says her son dropped her ring in a gap in their cabin in Lisbon, on the Canadian border.
Parmeter says she searched for the ring but never did find it by the time they moved out in 1989.
The wife of a museum board member found the ring this week while sifting through a bucket of construction debris.
The St Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum is taking apart the nearly two-century-old cabin and will reconstruct it as part of a new living history exhibit.
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