Serious collision - Marjorie Kelly Way, Ivybridge

At 10.39pm on Friday 14th August 2020 a collision occurred on Marjorie Kelly Way, Ivybridge between a Citroen Picasso and two 125cc motorcycles.

As a result of the collision two motorcyclists aged 18 and 19yrs old were conveyed to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

Local officers as well as officers from the Roads Policing Team attended and a forensic examination of the scene was conducted.

Officers are seeking any witnesses and or Dash Cam of the collision and the build up to it, they are requested to please contact them on the 101 system quoting log number 1091 of 14th August 2020.  Once a full examination of the scene was conducted the road was re-opened.

Officers would also like to thank the public for their patience whilst the road was closed.

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Missing 13 year old girl, Barnstaple area

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Mercedes BECKHAM, aged 13, who was reported as missing from Barnstaple on 11th August 2020. She is described as a white female, 13 yrs old, about 4’6” tall, of slim build and with long ginger hair. She was last seen wearing a black bomber type jacket, black jeans and white trainers, and carrying a black bag. Anyone who sees Mercedes or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately on 999, quoting log 0312 of 11 August 2020.

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Fatal incident on the A30, near Launceston

Shortly before 0520hrs, on Friday 14th August 2020, a fatal incident occurred on the A30 eastbound carriageway at Launceston, below Hurdon Overbridge, just prior to the off slip leading to the A388.

Tragically, as a result of the incident, a male pedestrian was recognised as deceased at the scene.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team, along with other specialist colleagues, undertook a full forensic examination of the scene.

Any witnesses to the incident, particularly anyone with Dash Cam footage, are asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting Log number 0142 14/08/20.

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Body located on A30, Launceston

Emergency services were called to the A30 near Launceston at around 5.20am today following reports of the body of a man located on the eastbound carriageway.

Very sadly, the man has been confirmed deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

Police enquiries remain ongoing to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of the man.

The A30 at Launceston remains closed in both directions whilst emergency services remain at the scene and is expected to be closed for a number of hours.

Motorists are urged to avoid the area and to use diversions where possible and to expect significant travel disruption and delays.

Up to date information on road closures and disruption can be found via Traffic Watch – https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/traffic-watch/#/incidents

Highways England also have up to date traffic information on their Twitter feed @HighwaysSWEST

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 142 14 August.

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Body discovered, Exeter

Police were notified at around 11.30am this morning, Wednesday 12 August, following a report that a body had been discovered by a dog walker on Paradise Copse in Broadclyst in Exeter.

A large cordon has been put in place while officers carry out their initial enquiries.

Senior Investigating Officer Superintendent Roy Linden said: “At this time this is being treated as a potential homicide. However, we are in the early stages of this investigation and are working to establish the circumstances of the incident.

“We hope to be in a position to issue further details surrounding this incident shortly and ask for the patience of the local residents while we conduct our enquiries. The residents of Broadclyst can expect to see an increased police presence in the area for the next few days.

“In the meantime we are asking that anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 420 of 12/08/20.”

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Man jailed for Liskeard murder

A 46-year-old man from Liskeard has today, Wednesday 12 August, been jailed for murder.

Carl Smythe, of Varley Lane, Liskeard, previously denied fatally stabbing 20-year-old Damien Bendelow on 26 January 2020, but was convicted at Truro Crown Court of murder following trial.

Smythe has been sentenced to life in prison for murder, to serve a minimum of 21 years, having been found guilty by the jury.

During the evening of Saturday 25 January Damien Bendelow and Carl Smythe, who were not previously known to each other, had been at the White Horse Public House with their respective friends. Whilst there, an altercation occurred and Smythe assaulted Damien by punching him, before going on to assault other people. Smythe was subsequently removed from the premises.

Police were called at around 00:40am on Sunday 26 January to the Cattle Market Car Park in Liskeard following reports that a man had been stabbed in the chest. Damien was located at the scene by emergency services having sustained six stab wounds to his chest and torso. He was treated at the scene and taken to Derriford hospital where, as a result of his injuries, he sadly died a short time later.

Following the altercation, Smythe fled the scene on foot which lead to a widespread search of the area by officers in order to locate him. He discarded clothing as he fled which was later located and seized by officers but the weapon was not found.

Smythe was located near Liskeard train station shortly after 1.30pm on 26 January and was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken into police custody where he was interviewed and claimed that he had acted in self-defence. Following a number of enquiries, he was charged with murder the following day and remanded in custody.

The trial began at Truro Crown Court on Monday 27 July and on Tuesday 12 August the jury found Smythe guilty of murder. He was sentenced today [13 August] by the judge to 21.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Steve Hambly from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We welcome the verdict and sentence today of Carl Smythe, whom will now face life in prison having killed a young man at the start of his adult life.

“The murder of Damien in the early hours of 26January has left his family and friends devastated at the senseless loss of life, and the town of Liskeard shocked at what has happened. Damien’s family have conducted themselves with dignity from the very start and through the trial process, and I really do hope that this provides some closure for them.

“Carl Smythe was prepared to use a weapon in what was a few moments of extreme violence that ended Damien’s life – something he has not shown any remorse for. This case provides a very real warning to those prepared to carry and use a knife that, if you do so, you can expect the full weight of the law to be used to keep the wider population safe.”

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Plea to respect Devon and Cornwall amid record 999 demand

Devon & Cornwall Police is calling on communities and tourists to respect our region after a weekend which saw record 999 calls and increased levels of anti-social behaviour and public order incidents.

Over Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, 2020, the force saw 2,301 999 calls – compared to 1,819 in the same period for 2019. An increase of 26.5 per cent.

And up to August 10, this month has already seen 9,622 999 calls received – significantly up on the 12 month rolling daily average of 718 99 calls per day.

The force has also seen use of online webchat demand more than double.

Despite the record levels of demand, the force has kept performance levels high and managed to cope with the many thousands of more people in the region during sustained periods of good weather.

The message from police, partner and agencies and tourism bosses is clear – Devon and Cornwall is largely full to current capacity, so book ahead before you travel.

Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell said: “We have seen some unprecedented demand at the weekend, particularly in our control rooms, but I am immensely proud how all of our frontline staff have dealt with the plethora of different incidents they have attended.

“While resourcing is undoubtedly a challenge at this time of year, this summer appearing to be more than previous years, we remain buoyant and our communities and visitors alike can be reassured we will do our utmost to protect them and provide a first class service.

“Our regular officers and staff have been going above and beyond to carry out their duties and have been very ably assisted by our colleagues in the Devon & Cornwall Special Constabulary who have given more than 7,000 hours of voluntary service since June – more than 1,000 shifts supporting frontline duties.”

In addition to extra 999 call demand, Devon and Cornwall also saw significant increases in anti-social behaviour and public order incidents over the last weekend.

There was 31 reports of environmental ASB – leaving of rubbish, disposable barbeques and other waste. Also 191 reports of nuisance ASB and a further 102 reports of personal ASB – often drink related. This equates to 67 per cent increase on all types of ASB on the same period in 2019.

ACC Colwell added: “We want to welcome tourists safely back in to our communities and support a restart to our essential tourism economy.

“But that needs to be done respectfully by everyone and the levels of ASB recorded over the weekend are unacceptably high. We understand people want to enjoy what our region has to offer, but please do this safely and within the law, otherwise police will take proactive enforcement action to protect others.

“August so far has also seen public order crimes up by almost 25 per cent on this time last year. Again, we want people to be able to enjoy the good weather and reopened hospitality sector, but that has to be done responsibly – everyone must accept that personal responsibility and play their part.”

With further good weather expected over the coming weekend and planning already underway for increased numbers over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, ACC Colwell has called on tourists to think before they travel to our region.

He said: “Come safely and prepared to Devon and Cornwall and you will be welcomed.

“Book your accommodation before you travel, drive safely on our roads, respect our coasts and drink responsibly.

“If you are visiting the many outstanding areas of natural beauty we have, take your rubbish away and play your part in making Devon and Cornwall and safe place for our residents and tourists alike.

“If you do need police support, the 999 service is always there for matters of life and death and serious emergency – we will always be there to assist you.”

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Investigation into suspicious fire, Truro

Police are investigating a suspicious fire at a property in Truro last night, 10 July.

Emergency services fire were called around 8.40pm following a report of a fire in a flat in St Thomas Close.

One man was rescued from the property by the fire service and treated for smoke inhalation. All residents were safely evacuated.

A man in his 50s, from Truro, has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He remains in custody.

A joint investigation is taking place to determine the cause of the fire.

Fire service investigators, CID and scene of crime officers are attending the property this morning to carry out further investigations.

Police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them via [email protected] or by telephone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/065997/20.

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Assault involving vehicle, St Austell

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit by a car after the driver reportedly deliberately drove at him.

The incident occurred near the junction of Lewis Road and Tregonissey Road, St Austell, at 2pm on Sunday 26 July and a man sustained minor injuries.

Following a road traffic collision, when attempting to exchange details with the other driver, the victim was driven at by the suspect, causing him to be struck onto the bonnet and fall to the ground.

Witnesses, or anyone with any information, is asked to call police on 101, or email [email protected], quoting crime reference number CR/060958/20.

Alternatively, information can also be passed on anonymously via Crimestoppers by phoning 0800 555111.

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Missing person, St Ives

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 50-year-old man who was last seen in St Ives on Friday 17 July.

Nigel Williams is described as being a white male, 5’9” in height, of heavy build, with unkempt grey hair and a Welsh accent. He was last seen wearing a black fleece, a black and grey striped top, tracksuit trousers and carrying a laptop bag.

Nigel was last seen in the area of The Western Hotel in the town and it is believed he is still in the St Ives area.

Anyone who sees Nigel is asked to call 999 immediately, or anyone who has seen him or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting log 273, 3/8/20.

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