Three men guilty of robbery

Three men have today, Monday 18 June, been sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court to 11 years and nine months for robbery at a Plymouth shop.

Philip Hogan, aged 31 from Devonport, Mahammed Rahman, aged 35 from Devonport, and Mark Barker, aged 34 from Devonport, all pleaded guilty to robbery of a Kwik store on Albert Road on 27th April 2018. Rahman also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.

All three were sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

The court heard how all three men entered the shop around 10.30pm with Rahman brandishing a knife and threatened a lone shop worker.

The men then left the shop with hundreds of pound in cash from the store till.

Detective Constable John-Paul Eccles said: “As can be seen from the footage, this was a very violent incident in which a knife was used to threaten a shop worker.

“The local policing team, response officers, the tactical policing team and Devonport CID worked closely together to quickly identify the three suspects involved. Hogan and Rahman were arrested shortly after with Barker being arrested two weeks later.

“We would also like to thank the local community who provided information which led to the discovery of the till and subsequent clothing used by the three offenders.

“The victim was left shaken and scared by this incident and I hope that today’s sentence offers reassurance that justice has been served and incidents like this will not be tolerated.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Fatal collision, A361 South Molton

A man has died following a serious collision on the A361 at South Molton today, Monday 18 June.

Police were notified at around 11.40am to reports of a collision between several cars at Rose Ash on the North Devon link road. Fire and the Air Ambulance services were also called to the scene.

A man was extracted from one of the vehicles but was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.

An elderly woman, from another vehicle, was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

The road has been closed at Knowstone Cross and between Bish Mill and Aller Cross.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting 291 of the 18th June 2018.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Officers recognised for outstanding policing

Police officers from across Exeter, East and Mid Devon were recognised for their professionalism, dedication, outstanding investigation and bravery recently.

Among them were officers who’s diligence helped convict three members of a dangerous criminal group. They were sentenced to a total of 61 years imprisonment for the rape and GBH of vulnerable people and for the possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. A fourth person was convicted of drug supply and conspiracy to commit GBH.

Detective Sergeant Ian Henshaw received an award for his work in designing and delivering ‘Putting the Victim First’ training to over 1000 officers and staff.

Detective Constable Michael Doidge received an award for the identification and conviction of a key suspect in a serious of commercial burglaries across Devon and Cornwall, which led to an organised criminal network in Manchester.

Also honoured was a young man, Isaak Tizard. On 1st November 2017, whilst a passenger in his father’s car, he reported precisely the progress of a 44 tonne heavy goods vehicle driving dangerously and erratically on the A30 and M5. Isaak’s calm and composed manner allowed him to make contact with the police call centre and give clear information which prevented huge harm from occurring as well as the conviction of a driver well in excess of the drink drive limit.

Those nominated at the event included:

  • Police Constable Sasha Ashley
  • Detective Sergeabt Alex Bingham
  • Police Constable Andrew Boundy
  • Detective Constable Matthew Burnell
  • Richard Crompton
  • Detective Constable 16842 Michael Doidge
  • Police Constable Charlotte Drew
  • Detective Constable Paul Feeney
  • Nicola Forsdyke
  • Hayley Foss
  • Stephen French
  • Detective Constable Ben Gainford
  • Detective Constable Stephen Harrington
  • Detective Constable Roger Holloway
  • Detective Sergeabt Roy Hutter
  • Detective Sergeant Ian Henshaw
  • Detective Inspector Grant Leitch
  • Aengus Little
  • Gillian Littley
  • Chloe Munn
  • Police Constable Lyndon Pearce
  • Kelly Rigler
  • Police Constable Holly Taylor
  • Mr Izaak Tizard
  • PS Claire Westcott
  • Detective Constable Christopher Wright

The event took place at Exeter Guildhall on 3rd May. Awards were presented by Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya and Superintendent Matt Lawler.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Fatal fire, Plympton

A 48-year-old man has died following a property fire on Maddock Drive in Plympton which happened at around 8pm on Friday 15 June.

Emergency services were in attendance. The man was extracted from the property with significant injuries and transferred to Derriford Hospital where he later died. His next of kin have been informed.

Police and Fire services are currently conducting a joint investigation to try
and establish the cause of the fire.

A scene guard was in place at the property over the weekend whilst scenes of crime officers carried out a forensic investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting 880 15/06/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Serious Injury Collision A38 Liskeard

At approximately 1324hrs on Sunday 17th June 2018 a single vehicle collision occurred on the Moorswater on slip to the A38 westbound at Liskeard. A green coloured Ford Fiesta driven by an 18 year old male from the Wadebridge area has left the carriageway and has collided with a tree. The front seat passenger was an 18 year old female from the Liskeard area. Both casualties were conveyed by ambulance to Derriford Hospital. The female received head and shoulder injuries and is in a stable condition but sadly the male has received life threatening head and chest injuries and is currently in the intensive care unit.

A full forensic examination took place of the scene with the on slip being closed for several hours.

Police from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for witnesses to this incident to contact them on telephone number 101 quoting log number 431 of 17th June 2018

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

A399 fatal collision

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At 20:01 Hrs on Saturday 16 June 2018, Police were informed of a single vehicle collision on the A399 Seaside Hill at Combe Martin.

A 48 year old man riding a Blue Honda C50 motorcycle suffered serious injuries. He received immediate first aid from HM Coastguard Officers at scene and later from other emergency services, however, he was subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene.

Next of kin have been informed.

The road was closed for 5 3/4 hours for forensic collision investigation work and vehicle recovery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting log number 820 of 16/06/18

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A30 collision

At 14:51 Hrs on Saturday 16 June 2018, police were informed of a multi-vehicle collision on the A30 westbound carriageway just prior to Two Bridges, Polyphant, Launceston.

A vehicle had run into the rear of a tail-back which had occurred as a result of a broken down vehicle in the carriageway some distance further west.

A 48 year old man was taken to Derriford Hospital with suspected serious injuries but was later released. A total of seven vehicles were seriously damaged in the collision.

The road was closed for 7 hours for forensic collision investigation work and vehicle recovery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting log number 523 of 16/06/18

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Police appeal to reunite stolen property with owners

Police are appealing for information following a search of a property where items, believed to be stolen, were recovered.

Investigating officer, Kerry Frayne said: “While carrying out a search of a property in Exeter, officers’ located a number of items, believed to be stolen, including these brooches and pins.

“It’s unclear where these items were taken from or when they may have been taken but I’m keen to reunite them with their owners.

“I want to encourage anyone who recognises the items or knows who the owners are, to contact police.”

Anyone with information or who knows the owner of the property is asked to contact police on [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/041467/18.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

National Police Life Saving Championships 2018

Police lifesaving teams from across the UK competed in Exeter on the weekend of 8th – 10th June. This was the first time that Devon and Cornwall Police has hosted the competition since 1998.

Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police Shaun Sawyer welcomed the teams and officially opened the competition, as well as hosting a formal dinner. A well supported raffle raised nearly £500 towards the Chief Constable’s Foundation.

He said: “In Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we recognise lifesaving as a fundamental policing skill. With over 500 miles of coastline and numerous canals, lakes and rivers in our force area, officers and staff are often called to use their lifesaving expertise.

“We find ourselves as one of the few remaining forces that has maintained a swim test prior to entry and lifesaving training throughout the student officer’s initial training, as a testament to the importance we place on this critical lifesaving skill.”

Day one of the competition, Saturday 9th June, was held at police headquarters in Middlemoor, Exeter. This involved a first aid scenario that each of the teams were put through, followed by the rope throw competition and the swim and tow competition, which both took place in the headquarters pool. It was close and very competitive.

Individual awards were presented in relation to the rope throw, swim and tow competition. Devon and Cornwall Police’s own PC Nick Polkinghorne won the men’s individual competition for having the fastest combined rope throw and swim and tow and was presented with the trophy.

On Sunday 10th June the teams assembled at Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre on Exeter Quay, where they took part in the open water based realistic scenario in the canal basin, which was again keenly contested.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer was there to watch proceedings and was extremely impressed by the lifesaving skills that were demonstrated by not only the Devon and Cornwall Officers involved, but by the officers from all the teams from other forces.

The three Devon and Cornwall teams did fantastically well, winning in the overall men’s individual, overall captains, ladies team, mixed team and men’s team categories along with some other respectable placings.

Devon and Cornwall Police results:

Overall Men’s Individual – Winner PC Nick Polkinghorne

Overall Captain’s Competition – 1st place Detective Sergeant Andy Turner, 2nd place Sergeant Dean Drury and 5th place Police Constable Katie Clements.

Ladies Team Competition – Winners / Combined Incident Winners D & C Ladies PC Katie Clements *Captain*, Insp Lynsey Willis, PC Lorna Kendall and PC Jo McKenna

Mixed Team Competition – Winners D & C Mixed Team Sgt Dean Drury *Captain*, Retired PC Dave Drury, PC Justine Lewis, Insp Sally Kingdon, PC Rob Harvey and Sgt Lindsay Walke

Men’s Team Competition – 2nd place D & C Men’s Det Sgt Andy Turner *Captain*, Sgt Tony Willis, PC Chris Moss and PC Nick Polkinghorne

The whole weekend was a great success and this was in no small part down to Inspector Lynsey Willis and her team of organisers, who planned and prepared for the competition so meticulously, bringing praise from the visiting teams from other forces. The event was supported on the day with community engagement by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Police Cadets. Devon and Cornwall Police Lifesaving team would like to thank everyone who helped to support the competition in the build up and over the weekend to make it such a great success.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Theft of electronic bike, Braunton

Police are appealing for witnesses following a break in and theft at a bike shop in Braunton.

The burglary took place at around 00.45am on Thursday 14 June at Southfork bike shop on Exeter Road, Braunton.

Two offenders used a scaffolding pole to force entry into the shop and stole a KTM Machina Kapoho 275, which is an electrical bike which retails for over £4,000.

The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a dark estate type vehicle towards the direction of Saunton.

Local officers undertook an area search but were unable to locate the suspects.

Police are appealing for information and would also like to hear from anyone who may have been offered the e-bike for sale.

Anyone with details that can help police with their investigation is asked to contact [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/052074/18.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News