Container ship grounded, Falmouth

A major incident has been declared after a container ship has ran aground in Cornwall.

At around 5am this morning (18/12) a 180 meter cargo ship run aground just off Gyllyngvase beach, Falmouth.

Coastguard have control of the area at this time and all 18 crew currently believed to be Russian nationals are accounted for.

Superintendent Matthew Longman, said: “This is a dynamic situation and a number of agencies including police, environment agency, maritime and coastguard are all working together on this matter.

“Our role is to ensure the safety of the crew and to stop any environmental issues in relation to this incident.

“The current situation is we do not believe that there is any major damage to the ship called the Kuzma Minin, and the risk of fuel leaks are currently low; The Maritime Agency are exploring the possibility or re-floating the ship to coincide with this afternoon’s high-tide.

“We are asking the public to stay away from the area and to allow us the space needed to handle this incident.

“The conditions are extremely unpleasant and a weather warning remains in place for the South West; we do not want to see the public placing themselves at risk by coming to the beach at this time.

“It is also important to let the public know that there is no cargo on this ship; we all remember the scenes when the Napoli ran aground in East Devon, I’m afraid there is no such spoils on the Kuzma Minin ship.”

We will keep the public informed on any major developments in relation to this incident.

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Rider has died following North Devon incident

A rider has died after an incident in North Devon last week.

Police were called at around 11:35am on Friday 14 December with reports of a female rider having been thrown from her horse at Hayne Cross, Lewdown in Okehampton.

A 64-year-old woman from Launceston had initially sustained a head injury, but also suffered a medical episode at the scene following her fall.

She was initially treated at the scene by ambulance before being flown to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance for treatment; police have since been informed that the woman has passed away.

A police investigation was launched following this incident and all witnesses were identified.

Following enquiries, police were satisfied that there was no third party involvement into this incident and that no further policing action needs to be taken in relation to this matter, at this time.

Next of kin has been informed and a file is to be prepared for the coroner.

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Roads police urge drivers to watch their speed

Christmas is coming, leading to an increase in members of the public and commercial drivers in a hurry, sometimes too much of a hurry, to get places.

Devon & Cornwall Police Alliance roads policing officers and partner agencies were out on the arterial road network of Devon and Cornwall on Thursday 13th December, vigilant to all forms of driving offences with a focus on light commercial vehicles.

560 drivers were subject to positive action, of these 132 were drivers of light commercial vehicles which have a lower speed limit than that for car drivers.

Operation Logjam was organised by the Devon and Cornwall Police No Excuse team, and aided by Alliance Roads Policing, Road Casualty Reduction and Armed Response colleagues along with staff of the Peninsula Roads Safety Partnership and Highways England

While formal penalties were given, the operation was far from being just about handing out tickets.

MPC Ralph Delbridge of the No Excuse Team, who led the Operation, said: “We were able to offer discretionary words of advice to several commercial drivers. Additionally, Highways England staff conducted surveys with drivers as part of their ‘Driving for Better Business’ approach and will follow these up with company and fleet managers to further educate, not only the drivers but also the employers.

“This helps to ensure that employers are aware of the speed restrictions their drivers have to work within and to ensure not only that realistic scheduling is compiled, so that they do not have to speed between jobs or deliveries, but also that they take into account the Health and Safety of their driving staff. This further protects all road users from the risk of harm or serious injury.

Alongside the education and enforcement there were unfortunately some extreme examples of inconsiderate, illegal and dangerous driving:

• One car driver was recorded at 129mph on the M5

• One was reported for inconsiderate driving, ironically having headlight flashed an unmarked ‘No Excuse’ vehicle to get out of his out of his way as he sped along the A38.

• A driver was caught using a mobile phone whilst driving and a delivery driver was found to have a tyre with only 1.2mm tread remaining with a further light commercial tyre worn with structural cord exposed.

Finishing on a positive note, MPC Delbridge continued: “I’m pleased to report that all the breath tests conducted on drivers stopped for offences were negative.

“Working with our partner agencies is a superb way of ensuring that the education does not cease at the roadside and is taken forward as a joint approach to making the roads safe for all to use.

With Christmas approaching we would like to see all our road users enjoying it with their families and not become the subject of a serious or fatal collision on our road network”.

Excessive speed is one of the Fatal Five top causes and exacerbating factors of death and serious injury on the nation’s roads. The Peninsula Roads Safety Partnership will be out again before Christmas.

Our photos show a Mercedes that was stopped for doing 129mph, a badly worn tyre, a driver making safe his load, a Highway England inspection officer and a No Excuse team unmarked car.

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Burglary, Silverton

The incident took place in the early hours of Tuesday 11 December at a property in Silverton where a minibus was stolen.

The minibus was found burnt out later the same day on Tiverton Road, Silverton.

A police spokesman said: “As the vehicle had been burnt out, the offender(s) may have returned home with their clothing smelling of smoke. Additionally a pair of brown tortoiseshell glasses were located by the vehicle.”

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area or has any information is asked to contact police on [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/114244/18.

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Man sustains serious injuries, Tintagel

The incident took place on the roads between Tintagel and Camelford on Sunday 2 December between midnight and 3am.

A man may have fallen or jumped from a French registered flatbed truck which had a white cab.

A 29-year-old man remains in hospital suffering from serious injuries.

If anyone was in the area at the time and has any information is asked to contact [email protected] or phone 101, quoting log number 222 of 3 December.

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Missing Launceston Man

Please are concerned for the whereabouts for Stuart Nugent from Launceston, Cornwall who has been missing from Plymouth since 1505 hours on Wednesday 12th December. Stuart had travelled that day from his home to Plymouth and was planning to stay the night. He was last seen in the area of Bilbury Street, Plymouth and police are growing increasignly concerned for his wellbeing. Stuart is a 33 year old male, 6`1″ medium build, long ginger beard, brown hair with a ginger tint, tattoo ‘Catch 22’ on his forearm and other tattoos. He was holding a black wheely suitcase. Due to a previous head injury, Stuart can be forgetful and may be disorientated as he doesn’t know the area very well. If you have information that can assist police in finding Stuart please call on 101 quoting 242 14/12 or in an emergency dial 999.

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Serious collison, Exeter

At 9.20pm on Saturday 15th December 2018, Police were notified of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Alphington Road, Exeter, underneath the railway bridge (OSGR 291660, 091699).

As a result of the collision, the pedestrian suffered life threatening injuries. She was initially taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, but was subsequently transferred to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where she remains in a critical condition. The owner of the vehicle involved in the collision is assisting Police with their enquiries to establish the cause of this collision.

Witnesses are requested to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting log number 847 of 15th December 2018.

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Missing man from Plymouth

Devon and Cornwall Police are concerned for the welfare of Jon BALL, a 60 year old man who has gone missing from Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Jon, who is from the Mutton Cove area of Plymouth, is described as a white male, 5’10” tall, 60 years old, of medium build, with brown, greying hair and a goatee, wearing a navy Base jumper, jeans and blue shoes. He was last seen at the hospital at about 8.15pm today, Friday 14th December.

If anyone sees Jon or has any information as to his whereabouts, they are urged to call Police on 999, quoting log number 839 of 14/12/18.

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Operation Tramline 4th – 7th December 2018

From 4th – 7th December, one of Highways England’s unmarked HGV “Supercabs” was used by Alliance Roads Policing Officers to target driving offences on the A38 in Devon, the A30 in Cornwall, the M5 and in and around Plymouth.

The unmarked HGV cab, with a police driver and observer, is used predominately to target offences of distraction driving. The HGV is shadowed by unmarked police vehicles with ‘stopping’ officers also looking for the same offences.

On sighting an offence, the HGV crew calls in an unmarked police vehicle to stop the offending vehicle safely and deal with the offence. Alternatively the ‘stopping’ officers in the unmarked cars may suspect an offence and the HGV crew are able to confirm or discount it due to the unique “birds eye” viewpoint offered by the height of the cab. Our pictures show this high viewpoint through the Supercab windscreen from the police observer’s point of view.

36 offences were detected with 26 of these relating to using a mobile phone or not being in proper control of their vehicle. Other offences include using a vehicle with no insurance, no licence, no MOT, excess speed and not wearing a seatbelt.

The Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, using speed camera vans, detected over 1,000 speeding offences in the same period. All vehicle owners will be receiving a notification of penalty in the post.

PC Daniel Furneaux, leading the operation, said: “This was an excellent multi-agency response to widespread concerns about distracted driving involving Alliance roads policing and road casualty reduction officers, Alliance roads policing Special Constables, the Devon and Cornwall No Excuse team, the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and Highways England.

“On the last day we also took the opportunity to involve officers undertaking their traffic law skills course.”

“We will be running Operation Tramline again next year, as we have on several previous occasions, as it is an extremely effective way of targeting distracted and careless drivers who are a cause of concern for all other safe and legal road users. As before, we will not announce in advance when the Supercab and supporting roads policing officers will be out on the roads.”

Roads targeted during the latest Operation Tramline were the A38 in Devon (4th), A30 in Cornwall, M5 (6th) and Plymouth on the 7th.

Highlights of the operation, if you can call them that, include:

• An HGV driver using his mobile phone whilst driving, actually texting at the wheel as pictured. He was given a £200 fine along with 6 penalty points at the roadside

• A30 Cornwall – Despite horrendous weather, which nobody can claim to have been unaware of, drivers were still seen texting, making calls or otherwise interacting with their phone whilst driving.

• A30 Cornwall – Driver seen not wearing his seatbelt, and it turns out he didn’t have insurance. The driver was reported for the offences and the vehicle seized. This vehicle, a white van, is pictured. Four other vehicles were seized that day for no insurance, MOT or tax.

• Throughout but predominantly on the M5 day, HGV’s had further inspections once stopped for various offences such as driver’s hours and weight limits. One 44T HGV was prohibited from further travel due to being overweight.

• Plymouth. Numerous drivers reported for offences of using mobile phone or not being in proper control of their vehicle. Drivers who were seen with phones on their laps or legs or on their dash resting against the speedo and so on were given education. Other drivers dealt with by way of £200 fine and 6 penalty points.

• Plymouth. One driver was seen filming and singing to himself whilst driving in Plymouth. He was stopped and blew over the drink drive limit. He was arrested and charged to court. Reading in custody was 49. (The prescribed “legal” limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath).

• The Peninsula Road Safety Partnership recorded over 1000 speeding offences over the 4 days and that was despite the poor weather. Numerous speeds were recorded in excess of 100mph, with a top speed of 108mph.

Driving while using a mobile phone handheld behind the wheel, or being distracted by a phone or other reason, is one of the Fatal Five driving behaviours that contribute to most deaths and serious injuries on our roads. Read more: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/the-fatal-five

Please note: Except for the white van and the texting HGV driver, no other photos depict road offences, but we have obscured company marks on any commercial vehicles to avoid confusion by association.

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Missing person - Nigel Lockwood

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Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of Nigel LOCKWOOD, who was last seen at his home address in Newton Abbot on December 12th. Nigel’s vehicle was later found in ASDA carpark in Newton Abbott and Nigel has not been seen since or been able to be contacted. He may be in the area around Bakers Park of the woods and is described as a white male, 5’11, with dark brown short thinning hair. He is likely to be wearing blue jeans and a grey fur lined hooded Hollister coat.

If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts please contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 999 and quote police log 492 121218.

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