Collision, Westward Ho!

Police responded to a report of a road traffic collision on the B3236, Buckliegh Road, Westward Ho!, close to the entrance of Herons Lea residential care home, which involved a car and two horses just before 6pm, on Saturday 3 April.

Both horses were quickly gathered in but the riders suffered injuries that required hospital treatment.

The car involved was reported to have stopped at the scene for a short time but left before any details were exchanged.

It is thought the car, a white Dacia Sandero, was being driven by a man in his 70s, described as being of short, stocky build, with short dark hair.

Police are appealing for the driver to come forward, as well as any witnesses who may have information about what happened.

Anyone who has any information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101, quoting log number 811, of Saturday 3 April.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Serious assault being investigated near Totnes

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously assaulted in a robbery on the Dartington Estate near Totnes on Sunday [4 April].

The 18-year-old man was left with a broken jaw after being assaulted by a group of males around 6.45pm.

The victim and his three friends were walking towards the river when they were approached by the group in a black BMW.

Detective Constable Rich Jones, from Newton Abbot Station, said: “The man was then assaulted by three or four male occupants of the car, causing him significant injuries requiring hospitalisation and surgery.

“The attack on the victim stopped after a short time and members of the public who were nearby came to the aid of the victim and his friends.

“We believe that there were a number of potential witnesses to this attack and that they may be able to provide evidence to police.”

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of robbery. A 17-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man from Totnes, and a 17-year-old boy from Newton Abbot have been released on police bail, pending further enquiries, until Friday 30 April.

If you witnessed the incident or have any information which may assist with the investigation please contact police at [email protected] or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/026515/21.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-org.uk.

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Missing Person, Torquay

Police are concerned for the welfare of Plaman GANDEV who has gone missing from his home address in Torquay.

 

Plaman is a 17-year-old male and was last seen Saturday 10th April 2021. He is described as a white male, 5’7” tall with dark hair. It is not known what he was last wearing.

 

If anyone has any information as to Plaman’s whereabouts, please call Police urgently on 999 quoting Log 162 10/04/21.

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Police statement following the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Devon and Cornwall Police are saddened to learn of the death of HRH Prince Philip.

“I would like to express our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Prince Philip.

“I also wish to express our condolences with members of the public at this time of national mourning.

“We will be flying our flag at half-mast as a mark of respect across various stations in Devon, Cornwall and Plymouth.

“Memorial plans will be announced by local councils and we ask the public to visit local authority websites for further information.”

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Two officers dismissed without notice

On Thursday 25 March 2021, two police constables were dismissed without notice from Devon and Cornwall Police, after members of the misconduct panel found that their actions amounted to gross misconduct.

PC Shaun Pearce and PC Daniel Pike faced allegations that in 2019, they breached the standards appropriate to the conduct of a police officer in respect of honesty, integrity, authority, respect, courtesy, duties and responsibilities, and discreditable conduct.

 

The public hearing took place following allegations of misconduct whilst the officers were on duty in the ‘No Excuses’ road safety team.

It was alleged that on 16 January 2019, the officers were working on a road safety campaign around The Fatal Five.

They had seized a vehicle and whilst awaiting the arrival of a recovery vehicle, and without the consent of the vehicle’s owner, PC Pearce drove the vehicle for 3.1 miles, at one point reaching a speed of 89mph. The vehicle was returned minutes later to the same position. PC Pike was a passenger and filmed part of the driving, including the excessive speed. This footage was then shared with other officers via a WhatsApp group. The officers then gave an explanation for the necessity to move the vehicle rather than it remain in situ awaiting recovery.

Following the three-day public hearing, the panel concluded that the allegations were proven and that PCs Pearce and Pike had breached the expected standards of professional behaviour.

The panel determined that the officers would be dismissed without notice and their details will be submitted to the College of Policing Barred List, preventing them from working within policing.

Head of Professional Standards, Detective Superintendent Paul Kessell said: “The behaviour displayed by these officers falls well below what the force and the public expect of a police officer.

“Through their actions, they have undermined the public’s trust and confidence in the police force and taken advantage of the responsibility placed on them in their roles.

“We will not tolerate such behaviours and therefore dismissal was the right and proper outcome.”

 

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Missing person, Plymouth

Police in Plymouth are currently conducting searches for 81-year-old Maureen ‘Mo’ Johns, who has been reported missing.

Maureen was last seen at around 10am on Friday 9 April in the Crownhill area of the city.

She is described as a white female, 5ft 4in tall, of slim build, with grey hair.

Maureen is wearing a navy-blue wool coat, that is three-quarters in length, over a brown skirt and black shoes. She is also carrying a black handbag.

Anyone who sees Maureen, or knows of her whereabouts, is urged to call police immediately on 999, quoting log 490 of 09/04/2021.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Missing person, Paignton

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 74-year-old Christine Showell, who has been reported missing from the Paignton area of South Devon.

Christine was last seen after leaving her home at around 4.50pm on Thursday 8 April.

She is described as a white female, around 5ft 4in in height, with short, brown hair.

Christine was wearing a wearing a blue puffer jacket with a fur collar, denim jeans, slippers, and possibly a white, pompom hat.

If you have seen Christine, or know of her whereabouts, please call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 812 of 8 April.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Operation Easter targets wild bird egg thieves

Police Wildlife Crime Officers in Devon and Cornwall is calling on the public to keep a look out for suspicious activity around wild birds’ nests.

It is part of an annual operation, which is backed by nationally-gathered intelligence, to tackle egg thieves.

This year, the police are asking members of the public to be their eagle eyes and let them know if they see any activity that suggests that nests of wild birds are being interfered with or eggs are being taken.

Some people will go to any lengths to raid the nests of rare wild birds but Operation Easter, which runs throughout the nesting season, from the spring into early summer, is aimed at tackling the problem.

Developed in Scotland 24 years ago, the operation is facilitated by the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) in conjunction with UK police forces and partner agencies.  The operation targets egg thieves by sharing intelligence across the UK to support enforcement action.

PC Martin Beck, Rural Affairs Officer for Devon, said: “We have a great and varied number of birds in the South West which we should enjoy, respect and protect. This does however attract some the attention of a small number of people who want to take wild bird eggs.

“This practice has been banned for many decades but sadly still goes on. The operation is asking members of the public to let the police know if they see people interfering with nests or taking eggs. The intention of this operation is to ensure that intelligence opportunities are maximised in order to prevent, disrupt or investigate possible offences. Be our eagle eyes.”

The taking of wild bird eggs is a serious crime.  Whole clutches of eggs can be taken from some of the UK’s rarest birds with potentially devastating impacts. The eggs are stored in secret collections. 

Chief Inspector Kevin Kelly (head of the NWCU) says: “Operation Easter is a yearly event that is engrained within wildlife crime policing. This year we have given the operation some much needed emphasis, focusing our efforts on to assisting Police Wildlife Crime Officers on the front line.

“The NWCU collates and disseminates the information that identifies the hotspot areas where the crimes are likely to be committed and we work with police officers and partners to ensure these areas of interest are given the attention they deserve, to protect the future of our wild birds. We have a number of skilled and dedicated Police Wildlife Crime Officers across the UK who have adopted this operation and will work with us to reduce criminality, and for this, I thank them greatly.”

If you have any information on egg thieves, or those who disturb rare nesting birds without a licence, you should contact the police by emailing [email protected] or calling them on 101 – ask to speak to a wildlife crime officer if possible.

Information can also be passed in confidence to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Incident on Torre Abbey Sands Beach

Police are appealing for witnesses after it was reported that a man exposed himself to a woman in Torquay.

The incident is said to have taken place between 3pm and 4pm on Monday 29 March, on Torre Abbey Sands Beach.

It was reported that the man committed the act before being verbally abusive to the woman. A man intervened and was assaulted on two occasions.

A man, aged 37, from Torquay, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of threatening behaviour, assault and exposure and has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information which could assist police enquiries is asked to call police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/024695/21.

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Deputy Chief Constable hosts virtual award ceremonies

On Friday 26 March, Deputy Chief Constable Jim Nye hosted two virtual awards ceremonies to celebrate officers and staff long service and other awards.

Both events were small with five recipients in the morning and four in the afternoon and they were joined by colleagues and representatives from across the force.

The citations for the morning ceremony were read by D/Supt Edward Wright and for the afternoon ceremony by D/Supt Ry Linden read the citations.

Some of those to be recognised are listed below.

Long Service – 26 March 2021

Police Staff – Richard Kingdon

Richard joined Devon and Cornwall Police on 8 January 2001 as a Contract/Client Services Officer in the Procurement Department at Headquarters. 

In Spring 2012, Richard moved into the role of Facilities Officer for Devon, a post which he still holds today.

Richard undertakes his role with great professionalism and commitment.  He has gained a great deal of knowledge of the organisation over the years.  Richard is friendly, has a very helpful character and he can be relied upon and puts 100% into any task that is asked of him.  He is, without doubt, an invaluable asset to the Buildings and Estate Department and the organisation as a whole. 

Richard is proud to have worked for Devon and Cornwall Police for 20 years, some of which have proved to be the most challenging but enjoyable years of his life.  The time has flown by!!  During this time Richard feels that he has been privileged to work with many lovely people and made many friends.

As a career choice, joining Devon and Cornwall Police was the best decision he ever made.

Chief Constable’s Commendation – 26 March 2021

Sergeant Olly Tayler

On 30 June 2019, Olly was working a late shift when he became aware of a report in Ivybridge concerning members of the public having seen a male jump over a wall and on to the railway tracks. Local units were dispatched to the scene and Olly made his way to the viaduct, following the river below on foot.

A short time later he saw two people in the river holding on to something. It quickly became apparent they were holding onto the body of a male. Olly ran towards them and shouted at them to hold on and he would help. The two people at this stage were struggling to hold on to the male and prevent him being swept further downstream.

At this point, Oliver was joined by two colleagues. The two people in the river lost their grip on the male, and he was swept further downstream into deeper water.

Oliver and a colleague entered the river, to take hold of the male and bring him to the water’s edge. The male had no obvious signs of life and had obvious external injuries. Oliver and his colleague began to administer cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the river’s edge.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and requested officers continued CPR whilst they carried out advanced lifesaving treatment.

All officers above went above and beyond their duty to try and save the life of the male who despite their best efforts, died.

Chief Constable’s Leadership Award – 26 March 2021

Police Staff – Rich Weaver

For a long time, Rich has consistently managed the largest number of staff of any supervisor across both sites and disciplines within the call management communications unit or control room (CMCU). He does so without complaint, consistently leading his team to high performance across a wide variety of performance measures.

It’s his resilience as well as his skills as a leader that are admired. Rich leads by example and demonstrates the leadership behaviours, consistently investing in his staff both inside and outside of work, to build a strong team, the members of which work hard and support each other, and consistently deliver results.

On many occasions, Rich has been the sole supervisor on duty and remaining at work when other supervisors have experienced absences. Rich has always put his staff before his own needs, taking great pride in his job and looking after the welfare of his staff at all times.

Rich talks passionately about the importance of our role in CMCU and its role within the force, he prides himself on having a close-knit team that support one another. He puts trust in his team and builds up a relationship with each and every one of them. His team work hard for Rich and it is reflected in his team’s consistently good attendance which is without a doubt, down to Rich and his management style.

Rich has been recognised for this by being awarded a Commanders Commendation, he also was awarded the top award at the National Control Awards for his leadership.

Judge’s Commendation – 26 March 2021

PC Jane Bickley

In July 2019, a motoring offence initiated a series of lies which grew ever more elaborate over a period of 18 months. Among his claims were that ‘people’ had reported seeing a car like his driving around revving up and driving in a crazy manner, his number plate had been stolen, he couldn’t drive due to medication so it couldn’t be him and  his car was off the road as it had hit a pothole, and police could check as he’d reported it to the council. 

PC Jane Bickley from the Safety Camera Unit investigated the case, having to disprove each new defence as the driver’s excuses became more and more desperate. She carried out extensive enquiries on each defence he offered to get to the truth and a charge of Perverting the Course of Justice was authorised.  The driver pleaded not guilty and continued to change his story as Jane disproved each new defence. 

At court he continued to make different claims and, having spent the whole day in court, Jane carried out further enquiries late into the evening and disproved them. 

Jane was the only prosecution witness, presenting all the evidence she had obtained.  He was found guilty at Exeter Crown Court in January wholly due to Jane’s investigation which unravelled what was described as a web of lies. 

The Judge went on further to say to Jane, “It seems to me the defendant was unfortunate, and the public were fortunate that you were investigating this case. If it was not for the attention you gave to the investigation, and the fine detail you unearthed, he may have got away with it.”

The man was sentenced to six months in prison by the judge.

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News