Fatal RTC - Cullompton

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At 01:48 hours on Sunday 21st October 2018, Police were notified of a single vehicle road traffic collision on the B3181 between Cullompton and Willand close to Five Bridges Farm (OSGR 302534, 109451). The vehicle had left the road to the nearside and impacted with a tree stump, causing the vehicle to overturn and land back on the road.

The front seat passenger in the vehicle involved was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver received minor injuries and is assisting Police with their enquiries.

Police attended the scene and a forensic examination took place. Any witnesses to this incident are asked to contact the Police on 101 quoting log reference number 112 of 21/10/18.

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Statement from Chief Constable Sawyer in relation to proceedings of Thomas Orchard death

Statement from Shaun Sawyer, Chief Constable, Devon and Cornwall Police:

“From 2002 until 2012 Devon and Cornwall Police researched, procured and trained members of the organisation in the use of an emergency restraint belt. That piece of equipment was used during the restraint of Mr Thomas Orchard on October 3, 2012. Following his restraint and detention, Thomas became unconscious and a week later died.

In the intervening six years, my thoughts have always been with Thomas, his family and friends who have lost a loved one. It is only today that I have been able to personally offer my deepest regret to all those individuals.

From the outset Devon and Cornwall Police has co-operated fully with the Independent Office for Police Conduct, the Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Throughout the last six years I have had the opportunity to review the totality of this matter and latterly, the evidence provided to me by the Crown Prosecution Service in pursuit of a single offence charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

In respect of the use of the emergency restraint belt, it is my belief that the standards expected by Devon and Cornwall Police were not met between 2002 and 2012 and did not meet the legal threshold of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

In the spirt of candour and out of respect to the courts, the family of Thomas, the public and my workforce, I have decided, as the Corporate representative of the organisation, that it is only right to plead guilty on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police to this charge.

However, legal matters remain outstanding in respect of whether this Health and Safety breach caused the death of Thomas.

We must respect this court process as the Judge is still to make a determination on this issue, and it is not for Devon and Cornwall Police to make a decision on such a critical matter.

This is an extremely complex matter and it remains to be determined by the court. It is therefore inappropriate for me to comment further at this juncture.”

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Indecent incident toward children, Plymouth

Police have launched an investigation after an indecent incident in Compton, Plymouth.

At around 7.15pm on Tuesday 9th October, a man approached a group of 14-year-old girls and made sexually explicit comments towards them.

All of the group immediately left the area and were unharmed, but police are keen to identify the suspect and are appealing for witnesses.

The suspect is a white man, aged in his 30s, normal build, approximately 5ft 8ins – 5ft 11ins tall. He has light short brown hair, wearing a red and navy blue striped jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms.

The man is described as having a local accent and was unsteady on his feet during the time of the incident.

Checks of CCTV and house-to-house enquires are on-going. If anyone has any information, please contact [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/093841/18.

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Drugs warning after two hospitalised in Tiverton

Police are urging the public to be aware of the dangers of drugs after two children were hospitalised in Tiverton.

Officers from the Mid Devon Neighbourhood Team, supported by officers from the Force Support Group and dog unit, carried out a warrant under the misuse of drugs act in Tiverton on Thursday 18 October. This came following information that blue transformer ecstasy tablets were being sold to young people in the area.

Sergeant Mike Warriner, from the Tiverton Neighbourhood Team said: “Today, officers have taken action to safeguard children from harm and even potential death.”

“Two teenagers, aged 14 and 15, have been hospitalised and two 16-year-olds have fallen ill after taking drugs, which we currently believe to be ecstasy.

“Following a search of a property a number of these tablets were located, along with a small quantity of cannabis.

“A 28-year-old man from Tiverton was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquires

“We currently believe that these drugs are being sold locally, however they have the potential to be sold much further afield.

“These drugs are often filled with harmful substances, which in this case has been enough to hospitalise somebody. I want to implore to those that wish to take these drugs seriously consider the possible effects that they can have on you.

“I want to urge the public to continue to tell us this information to allow us to safeguard those in our communities.

“We also want to warn children and young people of the dangers surrounding taking drugs. Safeguarding young people is a priority and we ask parents and carers to speak to their children about the risks associated with taking drugs so that we can help prevent further serious harm to our children and communities across Devon and Cornwall.

Anyone with information which can assist police with their enquiries is asked to contact [email protected] or phone 101, quoting crime reference CR/096555/18.

You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information on drugs, visit Talk To Frank: https://www.talktofrank.com/

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Fatal collision, Plymouth

Police have arrested a man following a fatal collision in Plymouth today (19/10).

Police were called at around 00:40am with reports of a collision between a Ford Focus and a pedestrian on St Levan Road, Plymouth.

Emergency services attended the scene including officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit and Scenes of Crime.

A local man in his 60’s was declared deceased at the scene, efforts are underway to locate and inform next of kin.

Police have arrested a local 25-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving; he remains in police custody and awaits questioning.

A cordon has been put in place and this will remain for the foreseeable future. We advise the public and road users to avoid the area and seek alternative routes for their commute.

Anyone with any information who has yet to have spoken to police, is asked to contact 101 quoting log number 35 for the 19th of October.

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Statement from Devon & Cornwall Police: Crime figures show national increase

The figures, published today (Thursday 18 October 2018), show a rise in recorded crime which is being seen nationally. Overall reported crime between July 2017 and June 2018 increased by approximately 17 per cent in Devon and Cornwall, which compares to a national rise of 10 per cent.

Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said: “The increase in reported crime across Devon and Cornwall mirrors national trends and is, in part, down to improvements in how we record crime which has had a positive impact on these figures, showing that the public have greater confidence in reporting crime to us.

“According to the Crime Survey in England and Wales, from data until the end of March 2018, the perceived risk of becoming a victim of crime (both household and personal) remains low, with Devon and Cornwall being the sixth lowest in the country for household crime during this period.

“Crime figures only represent a small part of what we, as a Force, actually do; around 80 per cent of our business is non-crime related.

“Victims remain at the heart of everything we do. We put the safeguarding and the wishes of victims at the heart of our investigations and, where we can, bring offenders to justice.

“It is also important to note that in a survey of victim satisfaction, 76 per cent of priority victims (for example, victims of serious crime) and 86 per cent of domestic abuse victims were satisfied with the service we provide. We have worked hard to improve our response to a number of key crime areas such as rape, sexual offences, modern slavery and domestic abuse.

“In recent years, we have seen a rise in both current and historic reporting in these key areas, and I am encouraged that victims are finding the courage to come forward and reach out to us knowing that that they will be supported. We have also actively changed recording practices, which are positively impacting upon these figures. Our improved practices as reflected in Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) report, which graded us as ‘good’ for our crime recording, has resulted in a continued increase in our recorded levels of crime.

“No victim should suffer in silence or feel that they are alone. Devon & Cornwall Police will continue to work hard to support victims and to give a voice to each and every one of them, regardless of whether or not this sees a rise in our crime figures.

“I am confident that my staff and officers are working hard to protect and serve the public of Devon and Cornwall, and that this part of the country continues to remain a safe place to live, work and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low.”

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Two vehicle collision, Plymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision in Ebrington Road, Plymouth.

The incident happened at around 1.20pm where a Silver Megane was in collision with a parked car, the vehicle then fled the scene. No one was reported to be injured as a result of the collision.

A 65-year-old man was located a short time later and arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs. He remains in police custody for questioning.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact police on [email protected] or call 101 quoting log 425 17 October.

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First Operation Flagship for No Excuse team on strategic road network

Yesterday (16th October 2018) the No Excuse team ran its first Operation Flagship in collaboration with the Peninsula Safety Camera Partnership. The operation also used automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.

The operation targeted the Fatal Five offences* – driving behaviours which cause or contribute to most deaths and serious injuries on our roads – along with other vehicle offences such as having no insurance or licence or driving a vehicle with defects, along a single major road.

Officers from the No Excuse team and the partnership based themselves along the entire length of the A30 through Devon and Cornwall in marked and unmarked vehicles.

Almost 400 speeding offences were detected over the course of the day. A number of speeds recorded were in the high 90s and two of 101mph. Other offences detected included seatbelts not being worn, driving with expired MOT test certificates, defective tyres and having no insurance or licence.

One vehicle was seized due to the driver having no licence or insurance, another vehicle had to rectify its faults before continuing its journey. With some drivers it was deemed education was the most appropriate resolution, however a number of drivers will be receiving letters in the post over the next few weeks offering points on their license and a fine or a day at court.

PC Daniel Furneaux from the No Excuse Team said: “This operation sends a clear message to those using the road network across Devon and Cornwall that we will not tolerate dangerous driving behaviours or un-roadworthy vehicles.

“Using static and mobile ANPR cameras we can locate offences such as having no insurance within seconds and that could result in your vehicle being seized along with six points and a fine. We also use unmarked police vehicles that allow us to gather evidence of other driving offences such as using mobile phones or other in car distractions.

“We will stop these drivers and we will report them for these dangerous offences. Ultimately our aim is to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured across the whole of Devon and Cornwall.”

Operation Flagship will be run again in the future and will target other major roads across Devon and Cornwall.

Bev Hannah, Highways England Road Safety Co-ordinator for the South West, said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the No Excuse Team in order to reduce collisions on our network, improve road safety and help to educate drivers on evidence-led interventions.

“One of the aims of the No Excuse Team is to tackle inconsiderate driving on our roads and this supports Highways England’s recently launched Space Invaders campaign which is raising awareness of the dangers of tailgating.”

Read more about Highways England’s Space Invaders campaign here: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/staysafestayback Devon & Cornwall Police already work in partnership with Highways England to improve safety on the regions strategic road network.

* The Fatal Five are: Inappropriate or excessive speed; Not wearing a seat belt; Driver distractions including using mobile phones handheld; Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; Careless or inconsiderate driving.

Read more about the Fatal Five here: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/on-the-road/the-fatal-five

Follow The No Excuse team: twitter.com/DC_NoExcuse

Follow the Alliance Operations roads policing team: twitter.com/RoadPolAlliance

Our photographs show activity by the #NoExcuse team over the last week in Plymouth, Truro and on the A30

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Hate incident, Exeter

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following reports of a hate crime in Exeter.

The incident is reported to have happened on Friday 12 October between 2.30pm and 2.50pm outside Tesco Metro on Exeter High Street.

The two male offenders are reported to have approached the two male victims and made a number of aggressive homophobic comments.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police on [email protected] or call 101 quoting CR/094534/18.

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Wanted: Derek Giff

Police are trying to trace a 41-year-old man who is wanted under a court warrant for failing to appear at Plymouth District Magistrates Court on 14th September 2018 in connection to a number of burglaries.

Extensive local enquiries are being carried out to locate and arrest him and members of the public are being asked to report any sightings.

He is described as a white male around 5 ft 9 ins tall with a medium build. He has short light brown hair and blue eyes. He has scars on both sides of his face and has a tattoo of a devil on his right arm.

If you see Derek Giff or know of his whereabouts, please contact police on 101 or email [email protected] quoting reference CR/079212/18.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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