Fatal collision, Truro

Emergency services were called at 9.55am following reports of a collision between a vehicle and a female pedestrian on Tresawls Road, near the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

A woman in her 80s sustained serious injuries and was sadly confirmed deceased at the scene. Enquiries remain ongoing to identify and locate her next of kin.

The driver of the vehicle is uninjured.

Localised closures remain in place whilst emergency services are at the scene.

Investigating officers are appealing to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone who was in the area with dash cam footage.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 240 26/6/19.

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Assault, Totnes

Police investigating an assault in Totnes have issued an appeal for witnesses.

The 19-year-old victim was walking across a field next to the skate park in Station Road at around 3.55pm on Friday 14 June when he was targeted by a group of youths.

He was punched in the face and repeatedly kicked, sustaining a split lip which required stitching.

The suspects are described as being aged between 17 and 18 and were all wearing tracksuit-type clothing.

Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing [email protected], quoting crime reference CR/053044/19.

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

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Assault, Exeter

Police have appealed for information over an unprovoked assault in Exeter city centre.

Officers are investigating after an 18-year-old woman was pulled to the floor by her hair in Sidwell Street between 12.10pm and 12.35pm on Thursday 6 June.

The attack has had a significant impact on the victim and several passers-by intervened and assisted her at the time.

Officers investigating the assault have urged any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing [email protected], quoting crime reference CR/050117/19.

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

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Police update following Padstow Death

Following an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of 34-year-old Laura Smallwood from Padstow, who died after an incident at the Obby Oss Festival on 1 May, Devon and Cornwall Police have officially referred this death to the Cornwall Coroner.

Officers have decided that there would be no criminal charges brought against any person linked to Laura’s death.

Laura’s family are aware of this decision and have worked closely with Detectives throughout the investigation.

Police would like to thank the public for their assistance throughout this investigation.

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Serious collision near Chiverton Cross, Cornwall

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious two-car collision near Chiverton Cross in Cornwall.

Police, fire and ambulance were called just before 1.30pm today [24 June] following the collision on the B3277 close to Chiverton Cross.

At least two people have sustained serious injuries.

A number of road closures are in place. The B3277 is closed between St Agnes and Chiverton Cross at the junction with Towan Cross up to Three Burrows, Blackwater.

The closures are expected to be in place for some time and motorists are advised to find an alternative route for the time being.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by phone on 101, quoting log number 0378 of 24/06/19.

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Body discovered, Axminster

Police were called to Yawl Cross, Axminster, at around 11.50am on Friday 21 June following reports of a body being discovered in the area.

Emergency services attended the scene and found the body of a deceased woman.

The family of 48-year-old Karen Wyatt, who was missing from Axminster, have been informed of this development.

This death is not currently being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

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Awards ceremony marks exceptional contribution to policing in Devon

Devon & Cornwall Police recognised police officers, staff and volunteers for their exceptional contribution to policing across Exeter, East and Mid Devon at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 19 June 2019.

The ceremony, which took place at Exeter Guildhall, saw a total of 22 people recognised who were presented with awards in the company of family and friends.

The commendations were presented by Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya and Superintendent Matthew Lawler following nominations from officers, staff and partners.

Local dignitaries in attendance included the Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter, the Mayors of Cullompton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and Crediton as well as Councillors from Tiverton and Sidmouth.

Chief Superintendent Sam de Reya said: “It is incredibly humbling to present these awards to our officers, staff, volunteers and partners and is certainly one of the best parts of my job.

“The passion, resilience and dedication displayed by those recognised at the awards is outstanding. Our people work tirelessly to prevent crime, detect offences, support victims and bring offenders to justice and it is right we recognise them for their contribution to keeping our communities safe.”

The full list of awards included:

Chief Superintendent’s Commendations

DC Anette Goodland

On 24th September 2017 in Tiverton, Devon, a man had ammonia thrown into his face causing serious lasting damage to his eyesight. DC Goodland’s dedication to the investigation, patience & commitment to the victim’s needs are acknowledged by the prosecuting barrister who commented:

“Annette Goodland is the OIC in this case and she deserves to be commended, in my view, for her commitment to investigating and preparing this case for trial. She has done an enormous amount of work – far beyond what might be expected. She has also spotted potential issues and displayed great ingenuity with the proposals she has made to resolve them. She has also skilfully managed a very demanding and challenging complainant, who could easily have refused to cooperate and caused the whole prosecution to collapse.”

The case was finalised in Crown Court on 12 October 2018 where the suspect was sentenced to nine and a half years with an extended licence of up to 12 years.

Annette’s determination, professionalism, perseverance and indomitable spirit ultimately provided the victim with the justice he was seeking and has removed an extremely dangerous individual from our communities for a substantial period.

PC Frances Custance

The victim was carrying out building works alone at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Honiton when he was stabbed and killed in an unprovoked violent attack by a male offender.

PC Custance was first on scene at the incident along with paramedics. At the Kingdom Hall they located a man with a knife embedded into his neck. Not knowing if the offender was still on scene or anyone else injured, PC Custance bravely searched the building for other people. PC Custance also assisted paramedics and secured the scene while awaiting backup from other officers.

PC Custance showed selflessness and bravery. The suspect was charged with murder.

PCSO Ben Turner

In July 2018, Ben was awarded £3,000 for his idea of connecting with students of the University of Exeter and the city more generally. The idea was to support Exeter’s Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) by marking the pavements and placing supporting signage around the city centre. The project ran during the University’s Freshers’ week, a time which sees over 20,000 students return to the city.

During the week, the boundary became scenes of multi-agency collaboration, as police, university, council and charity staff worked together to speak with students and reduce alcohol coming into the city centre. The project was aimed at promoting key safety messages and how the PSPO fits into wider policing.

As a result, it was the first time in six years where the council had no residents contact them to make a complaint. The University’s Head of Security shared statistics indicating a 40 per cent reduction in some of their key demand indicators.

PCSO Nic Unsworth

On 8 August 2018 while off duty, Nic was enjoying a beach day with his family at the River Otter Beach, Devon.

As the afternoon turned to early evening, it became apparent that something was going wrong; there were two children in a dinghy in the sea, which appeared to be rapidly drifting out. People on the beach had made their way into the sea, which was becoming choppier as the wind was picking up. There was a sense of panic starting to develop as people came to realise that the two children in the dinghy were in danger.

Without hesitation, Nic took to his canoe and entered the water. Competing with a significant current, Nic made good speed to get to the children, exerting considerable effort. Once there he was able to calm the children, give them clear instructions and bring them safely back to the shore.

Such action is characteristic of Nic’s selflessness; a quality which he has displayed in abundance in his many years of police service.

Superintendent’s Certificates

Mrs Lesley Dyer

The victim was carrying out building works alone at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Honiton when he was stabbed and killed in an unprovoked attack by a male offender. The victim sustained stab wounds to the chest and to the neck. Mrs Dyer (formerly DC Carroll) attended the incident, obtained witness statements and assisted with the search of the suspect’s home address.

The ‘one team’ approach to the incident meant that evidence was secured, witness details and accounts obtained, the offender arrested and fast-track actions completed. The offender was charged with murder.

Mr Andreas Bush

On the 26 December 2017, PC Bush attended the tragic suicide of a female. Dealing with a suicide is a significant incident requiring care and sensitivity. In this instance the officers also had to communicate with a distraught husband who spoke very little English. His three children had also just lost their mother at Christmas. The officer dealt with the death message and arranged for the children to go into the care of relatives.

It will have been impossible to make this a positive situation for the family but the conduct of the officers mitigated any additional trauma associated with the presence of a professional agency at this time of immense sadness. The officers skill, compassion and resilience in dealing with the situation, so professionally, is worthy of recognition as exceptional.

PC Donna Kennedy, PC Phil Skedgell, Annabel Hawkins, Alison Corner

During an extended period of increased demand and compromised resourcing, the Exeter and North Devon Integrated Offender Management Turnaround Team responded with energy and drive to ensure they successfully managed a high volume of prolific offenders.

Undaunted by the enormity of the task, the team comprehensively and cohesively worked together to ensure prolific offenders were effectively supervised, maintaining the fine balance between supporting chaotic individuals, and where necessary ensuring justice is upheld.

Each member of the team has acted with enthusiasm and self-motivation, demonstrating commendable flexibility with a strategic awareness of the Force mission to ensure best delivery of service to the public, and reducing offending during this time.

PC James Dalley, PC Daniel Toomey, PC Mark Edwards

PC Dalley, PC Toomey, and PC Edwards came to the aid of a colleague who was in the process of pulling a heavily intoxicated female from the edge of 250ft cliffs in Exmouth. The woman was there with the intention of ending her life. Without any regard for their own personal safety, the officers moved beyond the area of safety and helped their colleague pull her safely from the edge. Despite the woman violently resisting on the edge of the cliff, they acted without fear, successfully bringing the female back from the edge. Their brave actions, professionalism and intervention saved the woman’s life.

PC Suzie Quinton

On 22 January 2018, PC Quinton and PCSO Willis located a female on the edge of the cliff in an emotionally agitated depressed and suicidal sate. She was drinking vodka from a water bottle and was on the very edge of the cliff; at very real risk of falling off it.

PC Quinton engaged the female, who would only talk to a female and PCSO Willis withdrew but maintained contact and was able to provide a narrative of events. PC Quinton spoke to the female for over an hour before a negotiator arrived who then continued talking to her once they had made use of the advice passed by PC Quinton. The female was eventually talked to safety, preventing loss of life and allowing her a chance to access support and help.

PC Christopher Warfield

PC Warfield attended a report of a distressed female in the water at Exmouth seafront on the evening of the 28 September 2018. Upon arrival PC Warfield and other officers located a pile of clothes opposite the Premier Inn hotel. Officers then saw a female in the water up to her neck. It was clear that the female was not in a clear state of mind and refused to come out of the water. There were no RNLI units present. Officers were concerned that the female would be swept away be the strong currents if they did not take immediate action. PC Warfield then removed his personal protective equipment and entered the water to rescue the female. The female resisted being brought to shore but PC Warfield managed to get her back on dry land. An ambulance arrived to treat the female and she was subsequently arrested for assaulting another officer.

PC Warfield displayed tremendous bravery and conduct during this challenging incident.

Mr Adrian Johns

In the early hours of Sunday 22 April 2018, a female was walking home from Tiverton High Street towards Collipriest when she was attacked by an unknown man. She was forced to the ground and assaulted. The attacker made off from the scene. Mr Johns, a civilian CCTV operator, worked tirelessly to give the investigation team a starting point. He identified the unknown man’s movement and worked towards giving police a location which led to arrest.

The investigation would not have succeeded without the commitment and effort shown by Mr Johns.

NPCC Certificate of Recognition

Supt Matthew Lawler

Awarded for contribution to the creation of the National Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines 2018.

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Missing Josh Tucker

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing man in Cornwall.

Josh Tucker, aged 24 was last seen this morning in Par and police are appealing to the public to help them locate him.

Josh is described as having blond floppy hair that’s shaved to the side, lean muscular build and wearing a black jeans, grey hoody and trainers.

If you have seen Josh or know of his current whereabouts, please call 999 contacting log number 109 for 24 June.

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Serious Injury Collision A391 Bugle

At 1958hrs hrs on Saturday 22nd June 2019, Devon and Cornwall Police were notified of a Road Traffic Incident on the A391 Bugle near St Austell, Cornwall.

This was a single vehicle collision involving a black Skoda Fabia Saloon with two male occupants. This vehicle left the road for reasons unknown and came to rest in a private garden having demolished a concrete wall.

The driver of the Skoda motor car was conveyed by South Western Ambulance Service to Derriford Emergency Department. The driver’s condition remains serious at this time and the front seat passenger received less serious injuries. The A391 carriageway remained closed while a forensic examination of the scene was conducted. The road was fully re opened at 0835 hrs having been inspected by Highways England.

Officers from the Bodmin Roads Policing Unit and Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses to come forward quoting log number 0914 of 22/06/19.

Grid Ref: E 203363, N 61709. Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience during the scene closure.

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Serious Collision M5 Exeter

At 11:26 hrs on Saturday 22nd June 2019, Devon and Cornwall Police were notified of a Road Traffic Incident on the A30 Westbound slip from the M5 south in Exeter, Devon.

We believe this to be a multi vehicle collision involving a Citroen DS3 and a Nissan Qashqai.

The driver of the Citroen motor car was conveyed by South Western Ambulance Service to Exeter Emergency Department. The driver’s condition remains critical at this time.

The A30 westbound off-slip from the M5 southbound carriageway remained closed while a forensic examination of the scene was conducted. The road was fully reopened at 15:23 hrs having been inspected by Highways England.

Officers from the Exeter Roads Policing Unit and Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses to come forward quoting log number 0366 of 22/06/19.

Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience during the scene closure.

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