Concern for missing 35 year old man from Newton Abbot

Police are concerned for the welfare of 35 year old Nigel Brackley who has gone missing from his home address in Newton Abbot. Nigel was last seen at about 1500hrs on Friday 16th August 2019. He is described as a white male, stocky build, dark brown hair which is greying at the sides and curly on top. He has a sleeve tattoo on his left arm and a full beard. It is not known what he was wearing. If anyone has any information as to Nigel’s whereabouts then please contact Devon & Cornwall Police quoting Log 317 170819

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Unprovoked attack in Exmouth

Detectives in Exmouth are investigating an incident of grievous bodily harm in Exmouth which happened in broad daylight at 12.30pm on Tuesday 13 August.

The victim and his partner were driving from Dukes Crescent onto Prince of Wales Drive when they were crossed paths with three teenage boys. This group became abusive to the victim before one punched him in the face through the open car window.

DC Ailsa Mason said: “The victim was sitting down with his seatbelt on and wearing glasses at the time. He suffered serious facial injuries as a result, including deep lacerations and a facial fracture.

“The injury could have been far worse and luckily there appears to have been no lasting injury to his sight.

“This was an unprovoked assault in a residential area in broad daylight. The offenders attacked the victim as he waited to pull out of a junction after walking deliberately slowly in front of his car to instigate the confrontation.

“Following the assault a number of members of the public from the immediate community came to the aid of the injured man.

“This victim could have been anyone and it’s a deeply concerning crime.

“The offenders are described as all being white teenage boys. One was about 6ft tall, 17-years-old to 18-years-old, of a medium build, with blonde straight hair which was longer at the top and short on the sides. He had a fine but prominent nose and was clean shaven. He wore a clean white t-shirt.

“The other male was described as white, around 5ft 9ins, about 17-years-old and of proportionate build. He had dark hair which was cut in a blunt style, straight across the front and longer around the hairline. He had a square face with a smallish nose and wore a faded black jumper with a large motif on the chest.

“This is a shocking incident and we need to identify the people involved.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting CR/073364/19.

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Man assaulted with bottle, Truro

Police are appealing for witnesses to a potential road rage incident in Truro.

The incident was reported to have taken place at 7.30pm on Monday 12 August on the A390 at Threemilestone.

The victim, a man in his 60s, was assaulted to the back of the head with a bottle, causing visible injury. He was treated at hospital for his injury.

The suspect was believed to have been a passenger in a white VW Transporter Van. The suspect is described as a white male, around 5ft 11ins tall and of skinny build with dark hair.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote CR/073065/19.

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Spate of vehicle thefts, Penzance

Officers in Penzance are urging residents to be vigilant following a recent spate of vehicle thefts in the area.

Police are currently investigating four separate incidents of vehicle thefts which have happened over the last three months.

The first incident happened on Lansdowne Place sometime between Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June. Keys were taken from the property and a VW T6 Transporter van had been taken. [CR/053210/19]

On Sunday 14 August, a property was broken into overnight and keys were taken, the victim discovered that their black VW Transporter was missing the following morning. [CR/063041/19]

The third theft happened on Trescoe Road overnight on Thursday 8 August, access was gained through a window where keys were taken. The victim’s Peugeot motor caravan was stolen from the premises. [CR/071584/19]

The fourth incident happened on Friday 9 August between 1am and 7am also on Trescoe Road. The victim woke up to discover her house door had been damaged and her car keys missing. Her vehicle was still present at the house. [CR/072629/19]

PC Jamie Ellingham said: “There has been a recent series of burglaries in the Penzance area where keys to vehicles have been stolen. Vehicles have then been stolen from outside the properties.

“In particular the suspects have targeted VW vans and camper vans. We are asking the owners of these type of vehicles to keep their keys secure in their houses to prevent them being stolen.

“Any information on these burglaries can be directed to Penzance CID via 101 quoting CR/071584/19.”

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Spot the signs of County Lines

Devon and Cornwall Police has launched a campaign urging the public to spot the signs of County Lines and help protect vulnerable people from drugs gangs.

County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas, as well as market and coastal towns, by using dedicated mobile phone lines.

Criminals across the country use children and vulnerable people of all ages to courier drugs and money. These drug dealers will often take up residence in a person’s home – known as cuckooing – to sell drugs in the local area.

Once caught up in County Lines, exploited individuals are at risk of extreme physical and/or sexual violence, gang recriminations and trafficking.

As part of its strategy to safeguard young and vulnerable people, Devon and Cornwall Police is working to raise awareness of County Lines over the busy summer months.

And although both counties remain among the safest places in the UK to live, work or holiday in, police are asking both local people and visitors to stay alert to spot the signs of County Lines – and to report them.

Detective Superintendent Anthony Hart explains: “Devon and Cornwall are beautiful counties to live, work and visit, which is why we welcome so many visitors over the summer holidays.

“While we want to make sure everyone enjoys themselves and stays safe, we also want to encourage people to stay vigilant and look out for the signs of vulnerable people being exploited by County Lines gangs.

“Large numbers of visitors can ‘hide’ County Lines activity, which is why we are asking residents, visitors and those employed in the holiday industry to make sure, if they see anything which looks suspicious, that they report it – either to us or, if they want to remain anonymous, they can call Crimestoppers.

“If people know the signs of County Lines, they can help us protect vulnerable people in our communities.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez says: “Catching those who import and deal drugs in our communities has never been straightforward, but modern technology and the threat of County Lines networks has made it more complex than ever.

“The young people engaged as couriers and dealers may be the easiest for the police to catch as they ferry drugs and money back to the hubs but at this time of year it becomes more difficult.

“It’s not a small problem, the Children’s Society estimates that there are at least 46,000 children in England that are involved in gang activity.

“There’s no doubt that there are criminals who look at our part of the world and see opportunities to make money at others’ expense.

“As with so many types of crime, the key to thwarting their ambitions is to work together so that local authorities, the police and members of the public are alive to the threats and prepared to help in the battle to keep Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly one of the safest force areas in the country.”

Signs to look for:

  • A young person going missing from school or home;
  • Meeting with unfamiliar adults and/or a change in behaviour;
  • Using drugs and alcohol;
  • Money or expensive gifts they can’t account for;
  • A neighbour who has not been seen for a while;
  • More people calling at a neighbour’s home – often at unsociable hours;
  • Suspicious vehicles/people attending a neighbour’s home.

If you have spotted the signs – please tell the police.

Call 101, visit dc.police.uk/101, email [email protected], or contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

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Multi agency investigation into trading of endangered species

On Tuesday 13 August officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, supported by partner agencies, searched a property in South Devon.

Local officers searched a number of properties in Newton Abbot and Torquay under the Control of Endangered Species Regulation. Officers were supported by colleagues from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, Border Force and Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service,

During the searches around 30 Macaque skulls were located and seized by police.

A 52-year-old man from Newton Abbot was voluntarily interviewed by police in connection with the seizures and was released pending an ongoing multi-agency investigation into the trading of endangered species.

PC Martin Beck, from the Devon and Cornwall Rural Crime Team, said: “D&C police continue to work with partners agencies to detect and investigate wildlife crime. The illegal importation of any endangered species is taken serious and today show that we are capable of illegal tackling the trade wherever it occurs.”

Sharon Anderson, Group Manager Intelligence & Investigations Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service said: “Our partnership work with the Rural Crime Team has a beneficial impact on the criminal investigation work of both our services.

“In addition to helping us tackle illegal trading it also helps us to maintain a level playing field for the majority of excellent local businesses operating entirely legally in the rural economy.”

Investigative Support Officer Ian Guildford, from the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, who took part in the warrant, said: “The National Wildlife Crime Unit were pleased to work alongside its partner agencies in this investigation into the illegal trade in endangered species.

“This type of joint investigation is essential in helping too target and combat the illegal market for endangered species and this form of trade can have a dramatic effect on the survival of a number of endangered species in the wild. The NWCU are committed to detect and prevent such trade.”

Tim Luffman from Border Force’s Convention in the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) team said:

“Border Force’s specialist CITES officers are determined to combat the illegal wildlife trade which causes so much environmental damage.

“We will not hesitate to work closely with police forces and the National Wildlife Crime Unit to bring to justice anyone involved in this type of illegal activity.”

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Woman jailed for murder

A 40-year-old woman has today, Wednesday 14 August, been sentenced for the murder an elderly man in Paignton.

Faye Burford, of Midvale Road in Paignton, pleaded guilty to the murder of 74-year-old Peter Flux, who was killed on 23 February 2019.

Following a Newton Hearing (where a judge sits without a jury, hearing evidence from both the prosecution and defence teams) at Exeter Crown Court, Burford was told she would serve 21 years and one month in prison.

The court heard how the victim and Burford both lived in separate self-contained flats within the multi-occupancy building on Midvale Road in Paignton. Burford, a habitual drug user, had befriended Mr Flux often borrowing money from him. Both Burford and Flux were described by witnesses as being friends prior to the incident.

The prosecution said that at the time of the incident Burford owed several debts and had gone to Mr Flux’s flat on 23 February to borrow more money. During the meeting, Burford grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Flux numerous times, inflicting superficial wounds, scratches and the fatal stab wound.

After the incident, Burford took Mr Flux’s personal effects, including his passport and took out a credit card using his name. Burford also stole money from Mr Flux, using it to purchase drugs. She then disposed of her clothes and the murder weapon in a nearby bin.

On Wednesday 27 February, police were called to the address following a concern for the welfare of the occupant. On attendance, the body of Peter Flux was located inside his flat.

The Major Crime Investigation Team launched a murder enquiry and Burford was arrested on 27 February where she pleaded guilty to the murder, however, stated that Mr Flux had made sexual advances towards her.

Detectives refuted this claim and the case was taken to Exeter Crown Court. Today, the judge rejected Burford’s claim that Mr Flux had made sexual advances towards her.

Detective Chief Inspector Roy Linden, Deputy Head of Major Crime said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a defenceless and elderly victim. Throughout his life, the victim was known for his generosity and kindness, and was both a well-liked and respected member of his community.

“I would like to pay a particular tribute to the victim’s family, who have shown incredible fortitude and understanding during the most tragic of circumstances. I can only hope that this result goes someway to helping them rebuild their lives.”

Mr Flux’s family said: “Peter had his life cruelly and suddenly taken from him in the worst kind of way. The impact of losing him this way has been traumatizing. The violence of his death and what his last moments must have been like for him will haunt us for the rest of our lives.

“Peter was one of a kind, a character, he was unlike anyone else I know. He was kind, very intelligent and creative. He could be flamboyant, and he had a great and unusual sense of humour. Peter was an older man, but he was still full of life and had years of life ahead of him.

“He was a Buddhist and took his faith very seriously. This drew him to vulnerable and perhaps damaged people he wanted to help. He had so much time for people and gave so much time, it is sad that someone took advantage of this side of him.”

Sector Inspector for Paignton Howard Brugge said: “Whilst we recognise that this is a tragic fatal incident, it is very much isolated in its nature. The impact to the local community has fortunately been minimal with reassurance visits and patrols following the incident.”

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Victim spots attacker in paper 16 years after incident

Another dangerous predator is off the streets and behind bars after his victim spotted his image in the media.

Former scaffolder William Pope, aged 58, has appeared at Truro Crown Court and been sentenced to six and a half years in prison for a non-recent sexual assault.

Prolific offender Pope, who is currently residing in HMP Channings Wood after being previously sentenced for a string of indecent and sexual assaults on girls, featured in a Cornwall Live article in November 2017.

The article listed 67 ‘prolific sex offenders’. It was in this article that the victim spotted her attacker and contacted the police triggering a cold-case review.

The victim had been just 13-years-old at the time of the incident, which took place on Wednesday 22 October 2003 in Greenbottom, Chacewater, near Truro. Following an extensive police investigation and press appeals (pictured), the case was originally filed as undetected back in 2003.

In late 2017, with help from the victim, officers managed to put together a case that left Pope with no other option but to plead guilty.

DC Joel Brown said: “The victim had spent 16 years not knowing who subjected her to this horrendous attack. At the time extensive enquiries were undertaken to identify the offender but unfortunately he could not be traced.

“Following a further report to the police in late 2017, we have worked tirelessly on developing fresh lines of enquiry which resulted in William Pope being identified.

“Pope was interviewed but denied being the attacker using a false alibi that he had been at work at the time of the incident in 2003. Following further investigation we managed to prove that Pope was lying and had not been at work.

“Shortly after being attacked in 2003, the victim provided a description of her attacker and an E-FIT image was produced (pictured). The image has a striking resemblance to Pope and matches his description with several prominent facial features. The victim also picked out Pope during a police identification procedure.

“In 2017, Cornwall Live ran a news article which the victim had seen. The article contained 67 sex offenders. The victim was 100% clear she had seen an image of her attacker, William Pope.

“Pope told officers he was at work on the day of the incident but this wasn’t the case with work records showing that he had taken the afternoon off that day. Fortunately his time sheets (pictured) had been retained which was significant for the case.

“Whilst reviewing the original case, a description was obtained of the potential attacker at the time, which stated that the suspect appeared to be dusty or dirty and looked like he had been on a building site. In this case Pope was a scaffolder and had been at work the morning prior to the attack.

“The victim in this case has shown extreme bravery and strength in re-contacting police having struggled for many years.

“The message is clear; it does not matter how much time passes, we will always explore fresh lines of enquiry and seek to put those responsible before the courts.

“William Pope had the opportunity to admit his guilt when interviewed but instead he lied and forced investigators to prove his involvement. Through a detailed investigation, this is exactly what happened and he has had little choice but to plead guilty.

“Pope is a convicted paedophile and will now spend further time behind bars, where he belongs. His offending has had a significant effect on the victim’s life and I hope that this sentence will go a small way to give her some closure after all these years.”

Statement from the victim:

“I feel relieved that finally he will pay for his crime and that he can’t hurt anyone else and will remain behind bars. As for the press, I want to say thank you because without that article he would be walking free right now, my attacker wouldn’t have a name. To be able to say to myself “this happened to me and this person did it and he’s been convicted” is something I never thought I would be able to say. My faith is more than restored in the police, words don’t can’t do justice what they have done for me.”

Cornwall Live crime and court reporter Chris Matthews said: “William Pope is one of Cornwall’s most prolific sex offenders and his name alone sends a shiver down the spine of many people living in the Penzance area. When I saw him sentenced in court on the last occasion in 2017 I presumed that would be the last I’d see of him.

“However, it is a result of the enormous strength of the victim that she saw the article published the last time Pope was sent to prison and had the courage to report to the police what Pope did to her many years ago.

“He has now pleaded guilty to a further offence and will remain where he belongs – in prison. If it wasn’t for this remarkably strong victim coming forward Pope would have by now been released back into the community. That is a scary thought.”

If you would like to speak to someone about being a victim of historic sexual abuse please contact police and the Devon & Cornwall Police on [email protected] or by calling 101.

Alternatively contact the NSPCC 24hr helpline on 0808 800 5000 who can provide independent and confidential advice.

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Channel 4’s Call the Cops features Devon and Cornwall Police

‘Call the Cops’ starts at 9pm on Monday 19 August. Join in the debate on social media by using the hashtags #CallTheCops and #ThisIsPolicing on twitter, and joining the live question and answer session that will take place on Devon and Cornwall Police’s Facebook page, and via @DC_Police during and after each episode.

Up to one thousand incidents per day, resources cut by 15 per cent in the last decade, one incident manager with overall command; this is policing in 2019.

For the first time, this series goes inside the nerve centre of policing – the police communications and control centre (colloquially known as force control) – to shed fresh light on the changing face of law and order in modern Britain.

With violent and complex crimes on the rise across the UK, an increasing number of emergencies, and fewer resources to deal with them, this series will show the critical decisions made in control and on the ground in Devon and Cornwall, the largest geographical policing area in England.

‘Call the Cops’ has access to the force’s command and control teams as well as the frontline officers across Devon and Cornwall. But after years of cuts, this series will reveal just how hard it is for the police in 2019.

The series will cover a wide-range of jobs across the force area such as armed robberies, sexual assaults, missing people searches and domestic incidents. It also highlights the challenges our staff and officers have to face on a daily basis, including being on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse.

Episode one covers the Easter bank holiday, one of the busiest times of the year for the force, and follows the control rooms in Exeter and Plymouth as well as response units on the ground in Torbay and Plymouth. Viewers will see first-hand the challenges faced by our staff and officers who are responding to a live firearms incident and hunting for a suspect who has fled the scene of a violent assault.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, said: “Call the Cops has been almost a year in the making and stemmed from my many discussions with frontline officers, and senior officers speaking to me and other members of the Executive in relation to the challenges they face every day.

“Whilst there are many aspects of policing that are a joy to be a part of, the reality of frontline policing for the vast majority of my officers is incredibly challenging. ‘Call the Cops’ accurately reflects this and will be an eye-opening watch for many of our communities and the wider public.

“I hope you will join me in watching this when it airs and I trust that you will feel as moved as I am by the results.”

‘Call the Cops’ starts at 9pm on Monday 19 August. Join in the debate on social media by using the hashtags #CallTheCops and #ThisIsPolicing on twitter, and joining the live question and answer session that will take place on Devon and Cornwall Police’s Facebook page, and via @DC_Police during and after each episode.

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Robbery, Newton Abbot

Police have appealed for witnesses after a woman was assaulted on the Buckland Estate in Newton Abbot on Saturday 10 August.

Officers are investigating a report of robbery in which the victim was attacked in the Grenville Close area at around 11pm. She was punched, kicked and stamped on during the incident and had items, including a purse, stolen from her.

The victim, aged in her 20s, received injuries to her face and upper body. She has received medical treatment and is currently recovering with support.

Detective Sergeant Kay Deer said: “This attack is not thought to be random and we believe the suspects may have known the victim. Police do not have reason to believe that any other attacks are likely, but would, however, warn people to be vigilant.

“If anyone has any information, or saw anything suspicious, please contact police on 101 and quote crime reference CR/72349/19.”

Two local men and one female have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and GBH and at this time remain in police custody for questioning.

Call Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 or email [email protected]

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

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