Stay home, stay safe

In light of recent guidance issued by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and College of Policing, Devon & Cornwall Police is not changing advice on traveling.

Government advice remains the same, and it is expressly to prevent the spread of coronavirus, to save lives, and to protect the NHS. It includes the following:

  • Only go outside for essential food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

There has been much discussion around what the legislation does and doesn’t specifically prohibit. The legal aspects of the legislation are based upon whether a person’s actions are reasonable or not. Officers will continue to make individual judgements based on the specific circumstances presented to them.

The key to making this work for everyone in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and across the country, is for everyone to be reasonable. If you can exercise with a run or a walk near your home, it is reasonable for you to do so. Our interpretation is that it is not reasonable, for the majority, to drive miles to a specific place such as a beauty spot. It is also not within the spirit of what we are trying to achieve if you drive from Devon to the coast of Cornwall for surfing, regardless of whether that is “lawful” or not.

We are grateful that our communities understand what we are all trying to achieve together and are supporting us with this. We have not had to use any enforcement, and will only use this as a last resort. Officers will continue to use discretion and police with consent.

We enjoy the relationship we have with our communities and will continue to engage with people we meet, to provide reassurance and education at this challenging time.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Police Urge Huddersfield Residents To Keep Reporting Crime

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Police in Huddersfield have urged sharp eyed residents to keep reporting suspicious behaviour, after quick thinking in communities led to quick arrests by officers.

Officers from the Huddersfield Neighbourhood Policing Team have thanked house holders for their diligence after officers out on patrol were able to attend and make arrests following reports of crimes in progress.

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Source:: West Yorkshire Police News

Help needed to identify two men

We are releasing e-fit images of two men we would like to speak to in connection with investigations into two separate and unconnected burglaries on the same day. The first incident happened at 7.25pm on 3 March at a property in Falcondale Walk in Bristol. Three suspects accessed the property by forcing a side gate and took a portable speaker. One of the suspects – featured in the e-fit – was…

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Source:: Avon & Somerset Police News

Arson, Truro

Police investigating a suspected act of arson in Devoran, Truro, have issued an appeal for information.

Firefighters tackled a blaze at an under-construction property in Belmont Terrace which started between 6.30pm and 7.55pm on Monday 24 February.

The fire, which engulfed the entire timber-framed building, is believed to have been started deliberately and police enquiries are ongoing.

Extensive damage was caused and nothing could be salvaged from the property.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said: “The fire has had a major impact on the victim, leaving them fearful and anxious about what may happen next, affected the community and caused huge unrest in the village.”

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, or email [email protected], quoting crime reference CR/016480/20.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News