RTC A38 Saltash

At approximately 0919 hours hours on Thursday 16th August 2018 Police were notified of a serious road traffic collision that had occurred on the A38 near to Carkeel Saltash. The collision involved one vehicle and the road was closed for a period of time to allow for scene examination, investigation and vehicle recovery. As a result of this collision one person was taken to Derriford hospital in a life threatening condition.

The collision involved a Vauxhall Corsa which had been travelling west toward Stokendon Cross. For reasons yet to be established the Corsa has left the road entering a small ditch and colliding with a tree.

Roads Policing Team and Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses who may be add some information to this investigation to come forward quoting log number DCP-20180816-0214

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Missing woman, Bideford

Police are concerned for the health and welfare of 35-year-old Jana Koznarova who has been reported missing on Wednesday 15 August from Bideford.

She is described as 5ft 7inch tall and of slim build. She was last seen wearing green jeans, a black bomber jacket and brown suede shoes. She has long dark hair that was platted and worn under a headdress. She was also wearing a white baseball cap.

Jana also has links to Bath.

Anyone who sees Jana or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999 quoting log 705 15/8/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Devon and Cornwall speeders to get bad news in the post

Between 6th and 12th August 2018 speed detection officers of the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership took part in a speed enforcement campaign around Devon and Cornwall.

The officers were in mobile speed detection vans and from 8th to 12th focused their attention on routes into and out of Cornwall with increased traffic due to incoming holiday makers and the Boardmasters festival.

In total 1,687 speeding offences were detected and the offenders, depending on the severity of the offence and eligibility, will be offered a speed awareness course, a conditional offer or, if they choose to go to court, face prosecution for the speeding offence.

Marcus Laine, Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, said: “Our primary aim is to keep everyone who uses the roads within Devon and Cornwall as safe as possible. Given the huge numbers of visitors the area attracts each year for events like Boardmasters and in general tourism, there will unfortunately be the small minority that do not place their own or other road users safety as a priority.

“We aim to deter such individuals from driving in a dangerous manner. The number of recorded offences this year has increased, close to two and a half times the number of notices of intended prosecution that we generated during the same period last year. We put this down to improved intelligence and siting of our speed detection officers.”

He continues: “However we should put this into the context of a massive influx of visitors to the area, and so we actually found that the vast majority of road users were travelling within the confines of the Highway Code. Our thanks goes out to all the careful and considerate drivers who attended Boardmasters this year and who have come here on holiday.

“This is to be encouraged and we hope it continues. Excessive speed or inappropriate speed for the road conditions is of one of the five main causes of death and serious injury on our roads, and there is no excuse for it.”

If you are concerned about speeding in your community on residential. minor and B-roads, find out more about our Speed Watch initiative, here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/speed-watch

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Robbery, Penzance

Police have released images of a man they would like to speak to following a robbery at Little Jems jewellery shop, Penzance.

A male offender entered the store on Market Place just after 11am on Tuesday 14 August. He jumped over the counter and took jewellery, worth in the region of £40,000, from a window display. Staff attempted to block the door as the man forced his way out of the shop.

He left the scene on foot and was last seen running in the direction of Penzance train station. No one was harmed during the incident.

Investigating officer, Scott Ellwood said: “We would like to identify and speak to the man pictured in connection with this incident.

“We’re releasing the images of this individual in the hope that members of the public may have seen him in the area or know who he is.

“I’d ask anyone who knows him or has any information to contact police.”

If you have information that may assist police with their enquiries, please contact [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/074059/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Theft of vehicle, Liskeard

Police are currently investigating reports of a theft of a motor vehicle which happened on Tuesday 24 July in Liskeard.

The incident happened at approximately 11.45am at the Goldenbank Nursery & Garden Centre on Plymouth Road.

A man had parked his car and trailer on the pavement outside the garden centre entrance. The vehicle was left unattended whilst the man went around the corner to put a sign up. The man quickly returned to his vehicle after hearing members of the public shout that his vehicle was being stolen.

The man returned to where he had parked his vehicle to find that it had gone.

Inside the trailer was a Whacker plate and inside the vehicle there were a mix of tools and power tools.

The vehicle is a Silver Mitsubishi Shogun with registration VRM YR54 BFE towing a silver IFOR Williams tipping trailer 10ftX6ft, serial number 725745.

The following description was given of the suspect: a man in his mid-twenties, of a large build, with jet black greasy hair, a stubbly beard wearing a green tee-shirt with a large pot belly.

Anyone who has any information on the incident or anyone who has since seen this vehicle and trailer is asked to contact the investigating officer, PC Dove, quoting crime reference CR/066868/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Local policing operation tackles drivers flouting Exeter traffic ban

Exeter police officers have responded to safety fears and have targeted drivers who use a local rat run at a time of the day when they are forbidden from doing so.

On Tuesday 7th August between 7:00am and 9:30am, the prohibited times, four police officers and three Special Constables issued 28 fixed penalties for contravention of signed road regulations, gave words of advice to eight drivers and also issued a penalty notice for a driver with no valid MOT for their vehicle. Three PCSO’s helped with traffic management and stopping vehicles.

Doctors Walk, Balls Farm Road and Little John’s Cross Hill form a narrow, single track, cut through between the Ide bypass and Cowick Lane Road and should not be used by drivers between 7:00am and 9.30am Monday to Friday.

PC Andrew Stacey explained: “The road is restricted to vehicular traffic, during what some might call the morning rush hour, for a reason. It’s single track with school children and parents walking along it to West Exe School, while other people walk or cycle to work.

“Over the last few years several people have been clipped by cars struggling to fit past them, including a cyclist who was knocked off their bike.”

“It is not acceptable to flout clearly signed restrictions in order to cut your journey time on your morning commute or any other car journey.”

“This is the second time we have run this operation, and we will keep doing so until drivers get the message.”

The operation was previously run in July of this year (2018) during which 28 fixed penalties were handed out, nearly 50 people were spoken to and given advice and one person was reported for driving while disqualified.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Robbery, Torquay

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information following a robbery in Torquay.

The incident took place between 9.20pm and 9.30pm on Friday 10 August at the CO-OP on Walnut Road, in the Chelston area.

Two unknown male offenders entered the store and threatened staff.

One offender reportedly entered the till area and threatened a member of staff with a knife before taking around £300 cash from the till.

The second offender assaulted a member of staff who came to intervene. He punched him to the face, causing his glasses to break.

The first offender was wearing a blue hoody. The second offender was reported to be wearing a light grey hoody with the hood up and tightened over his face.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on [email protected] quoting CR/072779/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Blue Light Day

This year’s Devon Blue Light event takes place on Wednesday 15th August at Westpoint Arena, Clyst St Mary, Exeter from 10am to 2.30pm. (An easy-read version of our programme is available at this link)

The free event is designed to break down barriers between people with learning disabilities and the emergency services, helping them to be more confident and independent in the community. The theme for the day is to encourage people to be active, healthy and safe.

Around 50 organisations will be on hand to give information and advice about healthcare and support services for people with learning disabilities. There will also be a British sign language (BSL) interpreter at the event.

Highlights of the day will include: music and dance, food and drink, inclusive sports, police drone, demonstrations, workshops, information on healthy living, First aid initiatives and the Fire service simulator!

It is hoped that there will also be a police dog, car and possibly the helicopter!

Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell of Devon & Cornwall Police said, “Blue Light Day is a great, interactive event which is a really good opportunity for members of the public, including those with learning disabilities, to meet their local emergency services and partner agencies.

“As well as an opportunity to talk about safety with people from all areas of our local communities, everyone has a lot of fun. I know that this year’s event will be as successful as previous years and will be a great day for all involved.”

Bobby Singh of Roc Active and event organiser said, “The popularity of this event is increasing year on year and we’re so proud to be a part of it. This is a great opportunity for people to learn about their local emergency services, meet service personnel and have a great day out as well.”

For further information call Bobby Singh on 07889 173959 or Jo Morgan on 07808 053992.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Assaults in Plymouth

Police in Plymouth are currently investigating reports of two similar incidents of assault which happened on Thursday 9 August in Plymstock.

The incidents both happened between 3.30am and 3.50am on Horn Cross Road.

In the first incident, a group of unknown men got out of a vehicle and attacked the victim, a 20-year-old man, by kicking him whilst he had been on the floor causing a broken elbow and bruising to the body.

The second assault happened at the same time on Horn Cross Road. Again, unknown men got out of a vehicle and attacked the victim, another 20-year-old man, by punching him to the face which caused visible injury.

The car was described as a small black car. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting CR/073418/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Ram raid, Plymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information following reports of a ram raid, Plymouth.

The incident took place on Saturday 11 August at around 4am at The iOutlet, Ridgeway.

Two unknown offenders on mopeds have forced entry to the door using the vehicles.

They have entered the store and taken a number of mobile phones from the cabinets before fleeing the scene.

Police enquiries are ongoing into this incident.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious of has any information is asked to contact police on [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/072940/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News