Free public event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Devon & Cornwall Police and partner agencies are marking this year’s National Holocaust Memorial Day (Monday 27 January 2020) with a free public event – “Standing Together” to commemorate those who lost their lives, celebrate survivors and educate people about genocide.

The event, being hosted at Truro Cathedral, will begin at 1pm with a candle-lighting ceremony in remembrance. Visitors will then have the opportunity to view exhibitions about genocide. There will also be artwork by Albert Reuss (1889-1975) – a Jewish painter and sculpture who came to England in 1938 following Hitler’s annexation of Austria. The event continues into the evening with an Evensong service at 5.30pm, then a discussion of Albert Reuss’ life story by experts in the field at 7.30pm.

Acting Police Sergeant Kevin Silver from Devon & Cornwall Police Diversity Team said: “We may think that the Holocaust was something that happened many years ago in one country, but the sad reality is that genocides have continually occurred in various places across the world and are still happening today. It is important for everyone to understand the reasons why they happen and learn lessons so we can prevent them taking place in the future.

“As a police service, we are committed to serving everyone living in our communities regardless of their race, gender reassignment, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age and it is important for us to be tolerant of everyone. This event allows an opportunity for us to discuss and educate people on a very sensitive subject, bringing together some of the diverse communities and victims of this horrendous crime.”

Albert Reuss’ artwork and the Holocaust exhibition will be on display in Truro Cathedral until Monday 3 February 2020. For more information about the event visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website – hmd.org.uk

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Serious injury collision, Barnstaple

Police were called at around 6pm on Thursday 23 January to reports of a collision on the A361, Braunton Road in Barnstaple.

It was reported that a Black VW Golf driven by a 38-year-old male from the Bideford area was in collision with an 83-year-old male pedestrian from the Braunton area. The incident occurred in the Barnstaple bound carriageway of the road outside the Marshall Volkswagen Garage.

The elderly male pedestrian sustained serious injuries that, at this time, are being treated as potentially life threatening. He remains in hospital.

The driver of the black golf was un-injured.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team and local resources attended the scene.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the collision or anyone with any dash cam footage of the incident to contact police on the 101 quoting log 624 0f 23 January.

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Police launch domestic abuse awareness campaign

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Devon & Cornwall Police is launching a campaign to raise awareness around controlling and coercive behaviour – an element of all types of abuse.

This campaign will highlight the fact that whatever type of abuse takes place, be it physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial – the abuser is trying to control the victim and uses abuse and/or violence to achieve that control.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, at any age, in any kind of relationship.

Domestic abuse survivor, Danielle, describes her experience: “I was brought up in a home riddled with violence, neglect and isolation. I have experienced different types of abuse in adulthood, as well as the feelings of loneliness, fear and hopelessness that comes with it.

“I didn’t understand that abuse wasn’t just about broken bones and bruises; I had no awareness around the different types of abuse. In each case I was in an environment where I had little control. I was left with low self esteem and little confidence.

“Fortunately, with the appropriate support, I was able to regain control of my life, get the help I needed and escape from the abuse. I went on to work as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) to other victims. It’s really important to me to let other sufferers of abuse know that help is available and that your life can change for the better.”

Detective Inspector Dave Pebworth, of Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “Domestic abuse is about one person having power and control over another. Abusers can be very subtle, clever and manipulative. The level and type may change and increase over time, often the victim doesn’t realise they are being abused. Perpetrators can use intimidation, coercion, threats, blackmail and other tools to control their victims. Abuse isn’t just physical.

“We hope this campaign will encourage people to seek help if they are in an abusive relationship, either from police or one of our partner agencies. We do understand that people don’t always want to approach police in the first instance.

“The important thing is that people recognise abuse and that they know help is available.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner, added “Under-reporting of domestic abuse presents a multitude of problems. On an individual case level it means perpetrators get away with it and victims go unrecognised. The cycle of violence continues – especially in rural areas where episodes of domestic abuse are likely to last longer as it is harder for victims to get away from abusive partners.

“Anyone can be the victim of domestic abuse. I have been. I chose to report my case to the police and justice was done.

“I’d urge any victim of abuse to seek help – even if you don’t want to report your case to police there is a whole range of help available via the Victim Care Unit and listed on the Devon & Cornwall Police website”.

The campaign coincides with the increase in reporting of domestic abuse incidents during January, following the festive period. The campaign will be rolled out via digital and print media and will also include mobile phone messaging.

For help and advice about domestic abuse, including information about both police and non-police support across the Devon and Cornwall region see below:

  1. People who can provide help and support: www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk.

  2. National Domestic Abuse Helpline on: 0808 2000 247

  3. Call 101 to speak to police. If someone is in immediate danger, call 999.

  4. Victim Care Unit call 0300 3030 554 or visit: www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk.

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Concern for welfare of 62 year old female

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of Janet Palmer, a 62 year old female from Torpoint. She was last seen at 1040 a.m. about to get on the 70B bus on the Plymouth side of the Torpoint ferry heading into the city.

Janet is described as a white female, 5’10” with long greyish blonde hair wearing a large black coat, light coloured scarf, grey trousers, carrying a white carrier bag and over the shoulder white handbag that fastens in the centre with a large buckle.

Please report any sightings to Police by calling 999 and quoting Police Log 235 220120

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Serious collision, Colyton

A cyclist has been injured following a serious collision which happened on New Sidmouth Road on Thursday16 January.

At approximately 10.20am, a red Suzuki Jimny collided with a black Ford fiesta, the Jimny also collided with a pedal cyclist which was travelling in the opposite direction.

The cyclist, a man in his 60s, sustained serious life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital where he currently remains.

The Air Ambulance, ambulance crews, the fire service and police were all in attendance and the cyclist had to be rescued from a culvert beside the road.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses that may have seen the collision but had left prior to police arrival.

Please contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting police log number 199 16/01/20.

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Murder investigation, Gittisham

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a woman’s body in farm buildings in Gittisham, near Honiton, on Friday 3 January.

Emergency services were called at around 10.45pm.

Sadly, Katherine Bevan, aged 53 and from Gittisham, was declared deceased at the scene.

Her next-of-kin have been informed.

A post-mortem was completed on Saturday 18 January at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

As a consequence, officers from the Major Crime Team based in Exeter have launched a murder investigation.

A 26-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this time.

Anyone who feels they have information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting reference 817 of 03/03/2020.

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Devon and Cornwall Police release images in historic rape appeal

Detectives have released e-fit images of two witnesses who may hold vital information about the reported rape of a teenage girl by a group of men, believed to be sportsmen, in Plymouth more than 40 years ago.

Police are investigating the reported non-recent crimes against the 17-year-old who was subjected to multiple rapes by a number of men. It is believed they were visiting Plymouth from South Wales and were from a touring sports team.

The offences took place on a Saturday in late January or early February in 1978 at the now closed Strathmore Hotel in Elliot Street.

The victim and her friend had been out socialising in the Safari Club (now known as the Notte Inn) in Plymouth when they met a man, believed to be in his 20s. He said he was a maths teacher and was part of a sports team on tour from South Wales.

The girl left her friend and went with the teacher to his room at the Strathmore Hotel. Around an hour later a large group of men, believed to have been known to the teacher, barged into the room and the victim was subjected to multiple rapes. The men who committed the offence were all described as white, clean shaven and believed to be in their 20s.

Afterwards, during the early evening, the teacher and another man visited the Duke of Cornwall Hotel with the traumatised girl and her friend. Police are trying to trace these two men as vital witnesses and the victim has helped create e-fit images of them.

Detective Superintendent Jo Hall, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I believe these men are the key to identifying the individuals who carried out this horrendous attack as it is clear that the group of men are known to each other.

“We must remember that these images are based on the men in 1978, over 40 years ago, so they would have changed considerably in that time and are likely to be in their 60s now. I would like to hear from anyone who recognises these men and I would remind the public that I am seeking these men as witnesses to a horrific crime upon a young female.”

As part of the investigation Devon and Cornwall Police are also appealing for the help of anyone who was working or staying at the hotel at the time of the offences:

  • Did you work at the Strathmore Hotel in January/February 1978?
  • Did you stay at the Strathmore Hotel in January or February 1978?
  • Did you regularly visit the Strathmore Hotel at that time?

Detective Supt Hall added: “These offences have had a significant impact upon the life of this woman and they remain with her to this day.

“Although this happened over 40 years ago there is every likelihood that allegiances have changed in that time and now is the time to do the right thing. If you recognise either of these men or have any information about these offences or who could have committed them please contact us. I need the help of the public to trace the men responsible.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police by calling the incident room on 0800 096 1233 if calling from the UK or internationally on 0207 158 0197, quoting crime reference number CR/023620/15.

You can also report online via a dedicated appeal page https://mipp.police.uk.

Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Burglary, Braunton

Police in North Devon are appealing for information following a burglary at a family-run takeaway restaurant in Braunton.

The break-in took place at Surf & Turf on Caen Street, at around 2am on Sunday 19 January and involved the thief smashing the glass front door to gain entry.

Around £2,300 was stolen and hundreds of pounds worth of damage caused in the incident which has had considerable impact on the family.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident, or may have any information which could assist officers with their investigation, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/005224/20.

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WANTED: Alfie Grundy

Have you seen Alfie Grundy?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a 23-year-old man from Hayle who is wanted on an arrest warrant issued for Possession With Intent to Supply Drugs.

Grundy, is sought by police for absconding when Officers tried to arrest him for another offence on 20th January.

Police enquiries are ongoing to locate and arrest him.

Officers are appealing to the public to report any sightings of Grundy who may be still wearing handcuffs and is believed to be in the Penzance or Hayle areas of Cornwall.

Anyone who sees him or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 999, quoting log number 005 of 20/01/20.

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Murder investigation launched, Holsworthy

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a young child in the Holsworthy area.
Officers were called to an address by the ambulance service at around 3.20pm on Tuesday 7 January.
Sadly, a child was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Police enquiries are continuing into the death.
A woman, aged in her 20s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. She has been released on police bail until 15 April.
Detective Inspector Stephanie Blundell said: “The death of any child is deeply traumatic and we would like to iterate the importance of the privacy of the family at this time.
“We therefore remind the public that it is vital that they do not speculate on the identity of either the victim or the suspect in this investigation.
“We would also like to thank the local community for their cooperation during this enquiry.”

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