Medical Incident

Officers were called to assist ambulance crews at approximately 1.40PM on Saturday 16th October 2021 where a female was found collapsed at the rear of the cattle market car park in Liskeard, Cornwall. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services the female was pronounced deceased a short while later. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this time. The deceased’s family have been informed.

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Force offer advice to those who call 999 by mistake

Devon & Cornwall Police is offering advice to callers who accidentally dial 999, in an effort to reduce unnecessary demand placed on operators.

The Force has seen an increase in the number of abandoned 999 calls recently. There are lots of reasons someone may abandon a call to the emergency services, for example a person calling in a crisis situation who is unable to ask for help.

The most common reason for an abandoned call is someone accidentally ‘pocket dialling’ emergency services. This is where a mobile phone accidentally calls 999 and, on some models, even happens when the phone is locked.

A 999 call is recorded as ‘abandoned’ when the line is disconnected before the caller speaks to a member of the emergency services or confirms to a BT 999 operator that they are safe and well. 

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Head of Contact & Resolution Command for Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “When a 999 call is abandoned, it can waste precious time that could otherwise be spent helping someone with an emergency and potentially saving a life.

“When an emergency call is abandoned without speaking with the caller, operators in the contact centre spend time researching the phone number and associated details to ensure there is no risk to the caller and will return the call several times to check on the caller.”

Last financial year, 2020/2021, Devon & Cornwall Police received a total of 246,629 emergency 999 calls, of which 15,183 were abandoned.

Ch. Supt Drummond-Smith continued: “We understand that accidents happen, but if you do call 999 by mistake, please stay on the line to tell us everything is ok – otherwise valuable resources are taken away from answering other calls.”

Tips from Devon & Cornwall Police to reduce the chance of accidental 999 calls:

  • Keep your phone safe and out of reach from children.
  • Lock your phone before you put it in your pocket – be aware on some models, the phone will call 999 even when locked, if certain buttons are pressed.
  • Talk to children about how and when to call for help in an emergency – but how prank dialling 999 for fun can have serious consequences for them and others.
  • If you dial 999, stay on the line. Otherwise, we will call you back. The police want to know that you are safe and it saves us valuable time. Every second counts.

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Appeal after man seriously injured in Exeter

Police investigating a suspected assault in which a 21-year-old man suffered serious head injuries in Exeter city centre have issued an appeal for information.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who saw an incident near to a taxi rank in Sidwell Street, outside of Poundland, at around 4am on Sunday 26 September.

The casualty sustained head injuries which required surgery, and is now recovering.

Officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, or email [email protected], quoting crime reference CR/086149/21.

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

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Burglary, Sidmouth

Police are appealing for information after three handbags were stolen in a burglary at a commercial premises in Sidmouth.

The commercial premises in Old Fore Street was targeted between 2.30am and 3am, on Friday 8 October.

The suspect is believed to have forced entry into the property and removed three handbags (pictured) to the value of £4,500 from a display cabinet.

The suspect is described as being a white man, of stocky build and he was wearing plain black trousers, a snood around his neck, a grey hooded coat and a baseball cap.

Anybody with information about the burglary or has been offered the stolen items is urged to call police via email [email protected], or by calling 101, quoting crime reference CR/087734/21. 

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

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Fatal collision, Penzance

Police were called at 8.45am today [Tuesday 12 October] to Treen Hill, Penzance, following reports of a single vehicle collision.
It was reported that a vehicle had been located in a field on fire.
A person was confirmed deceased at the scene.
Officers are investigating the circumstances that led to the collision.
Anyone with information which may assist the investigation is asked to contact police via email at [email protected] or by calling 101, quoting log 142 12/10/21.

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Serious collision, Bodmin.

Police were called at around 8:15 am this morning (Tuesday 12 October) following reports of a serious collision on Beacon Road, Bodmin.

Three vehicles were involved; an Audi A3, Volkswagen, and Mercedes Van.

A local woman in her 50s has sustained a serious life-changing leg injury; she has since been transferred to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance.

Road closures are currently in place for the foreseeable future and road users are advised to avoid the area.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 or [email protected] quoting log number 128 12 October.

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New campaign calls on communities and countryside visitors to join the fight against livestock theft

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A new awareness campaign is being launched to encourage residents and countryside visitors to help fight rural crime and livestock theft in Devon.

Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is joining forces with Devon & Cornwall Police to fund the Devon Livestock Initiative, in response to ongoing regular thefts of sheep in remote areas such as Dartmoor.

The project’s key aim is to encourage people to report suspicious activity to local farmers when they are out and about in the countryside. It is initially being launched on parts of Dartmoor and if successful it’ll be rolled out across Devon and Cornwall where farmers and parishes have theft concerns and would like an opportunity to work together.

The Devon Livestock Initiative will provide farmers with gate signs which include the times that stock are normally moved and ask members of the public who see sheep being moved outside these times, to call a displayed phone number for a local farmer or the police on 101.

The initiative is part of a wider project being run by Devon & Cornwall Police, with support from NFU Mutual, to trial a range of security measures to prevent and detect livestock theft.

PC Martin Beck of the Devon & Cornwall Police Rural Crime Team, said: “The signage campaign is not just about the farmers, it is as much for those in our communities who live, work and pass our farms every day. We will be contacting parish councils and visiting other groups and community leaders in those pilot areas to help spread the word on how we can prevent theft together. Letting people know about the signs and helping them understand more about farming in their local areas can really make a difference in reducing and preventing theft.

“We want to help educate people. Some thefts take place during the hours of darkness while others will happen in broad daylight. You may not actually realise you are witnessing a theft or crime taking place so by putting these signs up, it helps to raise awareness of those activities which are out of the ordinary. This will help the community know what to look out for and, importantly, how to report it. We need to send a clear message to criminals that livestock theft will not be tolerated, there is every chance someone will see you and communities are joining forces to stop it.”

 

Kerry Hogan, NFU Mutual Plymouth Agent, said: “With more and more people using the Devon countryside for leisure, we are urging the public to support farmers and rural communities by reporting suspicious sightings and crimes to the police. This scheme gives clear guidance to moorland residents and visitors on what to do and who to call if they spot something happening which doesn’t look right.

“Farmers have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic keeping the nation fed and caring for the countryside. By working together, we can help stop these thefts which are threatening the long-term future of our small farms.”

It’s hoped this new campaign will help farmers like Colin Abel, whose family have farmed sheep across thousands of acres of rugged Dartmoor for over a hundred years. Over the last decade, they have been plagued by sheep theft and Colin estimates the farm is now losing 200 sheep a year to thieves. The moor’s unfenced roads and sparse population make it attractive to rustlers who have skills to round up sheep, transport them, and have a market for illegally slaughtered and butchered meat.

Farmer, Colin Abel,says: “The situation is getting worse. For small farms, the risk of having stock stolen is now making it too risky to graze sheep on the moor. Small farmers have been grazing sheep on Dartmoor for centuries as commoners, so the constant threat of theft is forcing an end to traditional farming life in West Devon.

“Because fewer sheep are being kept on Dartmoor, that’s leading to grass not being grazed which in turn brings a higher risk of fire. In a dry spell in February, we had one of the worst moorland fires we have ever seen, covering hundreds of acres of moorland.”

In July, Colin and his brothers were the first farm to take part in the pilot scheme which provides contact details for local residents and visitors to report suspicious activities such as people rounding up sheep at night.

Roz Hills, NFU Mutual Regional Manager for the South West, added: “We believe that when we join forces to work with farmers, police and local communities, we can really make a difference in tackling rural crime.

“The impact of rural crime cannot be underestimated. It is not just about the money to replace stolen equipment or livestock, it also has a big emotional impact on farmers and their families, causing disruption and affecting the valuable trust which enables rural communities to thrive. By working closely with Devon & Cornwall Police and the people who live and work in our communities, we are tackling this rise in livestock theft to deter thieves from stealing sheep and cattle in the future.”

 

 

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Serious assault Queens Dock Inn Plymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious assault that has left a man in intensive care with lifechanging injuries.

The assault was between 22:00 and 22:30 hours on Friday 0th October 2021.

A fight occurred in the Queens Dock Inn, Charlotte Street, Plymouth. There were a number of people in the pub that Police would like to speak to. If anyone who was in the pub at the time or has any information please contact D&C Police.

One man is currently in Police custody.

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Missing Person, Okehampton

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of an 83-year-old male from Okehampton.

 

Dick’s last known whereabouts was the Crediton Road area of Okehampton at approximately 1800h on 8th October 2021.

 

Dick is described as a white male, 5ft 9, medium build, grey short hair, dressed in dark clothing.  

 

Police would like to hear from anyone who has seen them to get in touch.

 

Anyone who sees them is asked to contact police on 999/101 quoting log number 782.

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Fatal Road Traffic Collision - Plymouth

At 06:54 hours on Friday 8th October 2021, Police were notified of a road traffic collision involving a Ford Focus and a pedestrian on the A38 A carriageway between Marsh Mills and Leigham Interchange, Plymouth, Devon (OSGR 251515, 056813).

 

South West Ambulance Service and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the incident. A 21-year-old pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The A38 A carriageway was closed for eight hours while Police investigated this collision.   

 

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for any witnesses, particularly with dashcam of the collision, to come forward quoting log 0153 of 8th October 2021.

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