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

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

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Fraud, Exeter

Police are appealing for the public’s help in identifying the man pictured in the police E-fit image, following reports of fraudulent activity in Exeter.

The incidents relating to fraudulent building work took place in Exeter between September and October 2019 and then again in February 2020.

The activity was reported to have taken place in the Heavitree area of Exeter but it is suspected that the male in the image may have links throughout Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

Officers are keen to speak to the man pictured because it’s thought he may have information to assist the investigation.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured, or anyone with any information which could assist police enquiries, is asked to contact police via email [email protected] or phone 101 and quote the crime reference number, CR/012603/20.

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Assault, Plymouth

Police in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses of an altercation between a man and a woman in Stoke Village on Friday 20 March.

Between 1.30pm and 3pm, in the vicinity of the Molesworth/Devonport Junction and Ford Hill, a woman was spat at by a man.

Police would particularly like to hear from two men who came to the aid of the victim and may have information which could assist their enquiries.

The female is described as white, in her mid-20s, of average build, with dark hair. She was wearing blue jeans and a red coat.

The male is described as white, in his mid-20s, of slim build, with long fair hair in a bun.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CR/024136/20.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Fatal RTC. A39 Wadebridge

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At approximately 1746 hours on Tuesday 31st March 2020, the Devon and Cornwall Police received a call from ambulance control stating that there had been a Road Traffic Collision on the A39 near Tregilders Farm Wadebridge CORNWALL, the collision involved a car head on into a van. Numerous South Western Ambulance Service Trust resources attended the scene along with staff from Cornwall Fire and Rescue.

An elderly male sadly died at the scene and a 49 year old male from the Sheffield area received upper body injuries ,not thought to be life threatening

Local Police Officers, Operations department Officers and Specialist officers from the Roads Policing Team attended the scene, closed the road and launched a full forensic examination.

Police are requesting that any witnesses with any information and or dash camera footage are to please come forward, unless they have already been in contact with officers at the scene.

The Police Incident Number is 578 dated 31st March 2020

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Serious Injury RTC - Falmouth

At around 1018 hours on Tuesday 31st March 2020 Police were informed about a Road Traffic Collision involving a White Volkswagen Polo and a number of pedestrians outside Mylor Stores on Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge

As a result of the collision a 63 year old female has sustained serious life changing injuries, she is currently being treated in Hospital. The other persons involved were treated at scene for minor injuries.

The driver of the VW Polo a 94 year old local man stopped at scene and is assisting police with their investigation.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team attended the collision to investigate and establish how the collision occurred.

Witnesses and anybody with dashcam footage of the collision, or the driving of the vehicle prior to the collision are requested to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 with information quoting log number 0166 of 31st March 2020 or email [email protected]

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Woman grabbed at Haldon Forest

Police are investigating a report that a female jogger was grabbed by a man on the Butterfly Trail at Haldon Forest, Kennford.

Officers are appealing for information following the incident in the Bullers Hill area at around 11am on Monday 30 March.

The victim’s dog scared the suspect off and the motive for the attack is unclear.

The suspect is described as a white male, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, who was wearing a blue jumper with a white top underneath, jeans and a black bobble-type hat.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area at the time or has information relating to the incident.

Call 101, or email [email protected], quoting crime reference CR/026302/20.

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

Serious assault, Torquay

Police are investigating after a 43-year-old man was found with serious injuries in Torquay just after midnight this morning, Tuesday 31 March.

The male victim, who lives and works locally, was found on Morgan Avenue. He is being treated in hospital for a serious head injury and a badly broken jaw.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

Officer would particularly like to hear from a man driving a BMW who is thought to have witnessed the scene early on and may be able to help.

A 28-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Torquay, have been arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm and are currently in police custody.

Anyone with any information which could assist police enquiries to phone 101 quoting CR/026415/20.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Serious injury RTC, Exmouth

At around 8.30am on Monday 30 March, emergency services were notified of a single-vehicle road traffic collision involving a silver Subaru Legacy in Hulham Road, Exmouth.

One occupant was removed from the vehicle with the assistance of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

South West Ambulance Service was also in attendance.

The driver of the Subaru was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with serious injuries.

Hulham Road remained closed for around three-and-a-half hours to allow for a forensic examination of the collision scene and for highways workers to clean away any remaining debris.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for witnesses of the incident, or anyone with dashcam footage, to come forward quoting log 90 of 30 March 2020.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Murder Investigation launched

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 22-year-old man from Plymouth. He had been taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth following an incident at around 9.30pm, Thursday 26 March, when he was found unconscious with a significant head injury. Unfortunately, he tragically died on the morning of Saturday 28th March.

A 37-year-old man was also taken to Derriford Hospital on Thursday evening where he is being treated for multiple injuries which are considered life-changing, possibly life-threatening. He has been arrested on suspicion of Murder but, due to his injuries, remains in hospital receiving treatment.

A 29-year-old man from Gunnislake, who had been arrested on suspicion of Murder, has now been released on Police Bail. A further 26-year-old male from Callington has been arrested on suspicion of Attempted Murder and remains in police custody.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to contact police on 101, quoting crime reference number CR/025664/20.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News