Police in a Cornish town say a ban on ‘mankinis’ has helped cut local crime by one fifth since 2009.
Newquay, one of Cornwall’s top surfing resorts, developed a reputation as a top Stag Party venue, attracting visitors from all over Britain to celebrate their last hours before the beginning of wedded bliss.
But the silly costumes worn by revellers were deemed ‘offensive clothing’ by local police as part of the ‘Newquay Safe’ campaign.
It’s paid off, the crime-fighters say: this Summer’s crime figures plummeted by one fifth compared to figures in 2009.
And it’s all down to banning the mankini and other outrageous outfits, Supt Julie Whitmarsh told BBC News.
She said: “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.”