Major incident declared in Kingsbridge

Police were contacted at 11:50am to reports of possible explosions from a suspected gas leak or electrical shortage coming from under the road in Church Street, Kingsbridge.

Church Street has been closed and around 25 people from properties in the area have been evacuated and temporary shelter is being arranged.

No injuries have been reported.

Fire, police and engineers from both gas and electric companies are on the scene.

The public are being asked to avoid the area.

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VIDEO: Dangerous driving, Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall Police has released dashcam footage of a police chase in Cornwall which shows a disqualified and uninsured drug driver reaching speeds of 122mph and swerving across a busy road.

The car, a blue Honda Civic driven by 23-year-old Charlie Powell, lead police on a 15-mile pursuit on the A30 between Carland Cross and Bodmin on June 18, 2020.

The road was wet and officers said Powell’s “aggressive and very dangerous” driving nearly led to collisions with other vehicles on the road.

The car was first spotted by officers travelling eastbound on the A30 near Carland Cross at around 70mph.

Police followed the car which initially appeared to be pulling into a layby to stop.  However, Powell’s vehicle then sped up and drove out of the layby and back onto the A30.

The officers pursued the car which went on to hit speeds of over 120mph with Powell narrowly avoiding other cars on the road and nearly losing control of the vehicle.

Powell’s car was eventually stopped after police deployed a stinger and used tactical contact to force the vehicle off the road at Launceston Road in Bodmin.

Powell, of Lisson Grove, Plymouth, was arrested and subsequently charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving whilst disqualified, drug driving and driving without insurance.

He pleaded guilty to all charges at Truro Crown Court on January 8, 2021 where he was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment (suspended for 2 years) and disqualified from driving for 2 years, after which he will have to take an extended test.

Sgt Steven Hawkins of the Alliance Roads Policing Team said: “Devon and Cornwall Police have made the decision to release this video, to allow the public to see that we have a highly trained Alliance Roads Policing Team that will not tolerate criminality on our roads.

“While our main focus is always to prevent a pursuit from occurring, in dynamic situations like this we will use all of our training to react accordingly, and achieve a safe resolution while bringing offenders to justice.”

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Serious collision - A3022, New Road, Brixham

At approximately 1117 hours on Monday 18th January 2021, emergency services were notified of a single vehicle road traffic collision involving a Harley Davidson motorcycle on New Road, Brixham.

 

South West Ambulance Services and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the incident. An 18 year old male was taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth with serious injuries.

New Road was closed for approximately 5 hours to allow for an examination of the scene and recovery of the vehicles.

 

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for any witnesses of the incident to come forward quoting log 305 – 18th January 2021.  

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Serious collision - Exeter Road, Dawlish

At approximately 08:42 hours on Monday 18th January 2021, emergency services were notified of a two vehicle road traffic collision involving an Audi Q5 and a Honda CBF on Exeter Road, Dawlish.

 

South West Ambulance Services and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the incident. A 50 year old male was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with serious injuries.

Exeter Road was closed for approximately 3.5 hours to allow for an examination of the scene and recovery of the vehicles.

 

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for any witnesses of the incident to come forward quoting log 119 – 18th January 2021.  

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Update: Murder investigation, Callington

Police have charged a man with the murder of Callum Hill, 22, from Plymouth.

Callum was found seriously injured at Kit Hill, near Callington, East Cornwall, on Saturday 26 March and died two days later from his injuries.

Kristian Humphries, 30, from Gunnislake, has been charged with Callum’s murder and remanded in custody after appearing at Truro Magistrates’ Court today, Monday 18 January.

A 38-year-old man from Callington, who was also arrested on suspicion of Callum’s murder, has been reported to court for the offence, and will appear at Truro Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Tuesday 19 January.

A 27-year-old man from Callington, who was arrested for assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and a 40-year-old woman from the village of St Ive in East Cornwall, who was arrested for perverting the course of justice, have also been reported to court for those offences and will appear before magistrates when dates have been set.

Detective Inspector Rob Back from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “These charges have been as a result of a painstaking nine-month police investigation and detectives are continuing to gather evidence and prepare for trial.

“Our thoughts however remain firmly with Callum’s family at this difficult time.”

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Cornwall welcomes Government G7 leaders conference announcement

Organisations across Cornwall have welcomed the news that the Duchy is to host the international G7 leaders’ summit in June and pledge an event that will leave a lasting social and economic legacy to benefit all of Cornwall’s residents. 

The major three-day international event will see leaders from the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US, as well as invited leaders from Australia, India, and South Korea attend.

The event will host world leaders at Carbis Bay, with neighbouring St Ives and other sites in Cornwall, such as Falmouth, hosting international delegates and media – with organisers determined to make this an event for all residents in Cornwall to experience and share.

Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of Cornwall and the UK on the world stage, and to build our strength and prosperity at home.

“For those reasons we are determined that this event delivers a lasting legacy for our residents, inspires our young people and shows how we can play our part in bringing the world together after the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic – and bringing together all parts of the UK together, leaving no-one and nowhere behind.

“We want a lasting legacy that maximises inward investment, translating our moment on the global stage into trade. A legacy that helps Cornwall bounce forward and make its full contribution to the country’s ambitions in areas like space and satellite, floating offshore wind and other sources of clean energy, and globally significant geo-resources including lithium to power our future.”

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer QPM, of Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “I am delighted that Cornwall will be hosting this landmark event for the United Kingdom in an area that is not only one of the safest in the country, but also combines breath-taking scenery and innovative businesses with exceptional local hospitality.

“The event will be a real boost for our communities and especially our young people. It provides an opportunity for all my colleagues within Devon and Cornwall Police to demonstrate our operational excellence and world class policing skills on a global stage.

“We are excited to be playing our part working with and supporting our partners to deliver a safe and secure G7 summit.  We have been preparing for this event for several months, including speaking with colleagues who have managed similar events, so we can ensure that we continue to effectively serve our local communities in the run up to, during and after the event.”

Visit Cornwall estimates a total economic impact of the Summit for the County of £50m, including both the immediate benefits of the Summit and related events, and projected tourism growth over the next five years.

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall said: “Cornwall has been voted the best holiday region in the UK for 10 out of the last 11 years in the British Travel Award but is little known to many countries around the world.

“The G7 Leaders’ summit will shine a spotlight on our very special place and the worldwide exposure is promotion we could never buy.

“It will showcase the beauty of Cornwall and provide an opportunity to highlight our heritage, culture and the connections to each country, which will help drive increased numbers of international visitors to Cornwall over the next decade.”

Mark Duddridge, Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Cornwall’s economy is quickly evolving into one of huge significance to the challenges of the time most notably in the delivery of clean energy from our unique geology and location.

“Underpinned by our digital connectivity and creative expertise our traditional industries are developing their offer to deliver more to their customers whilst supporting the recovery of our climate and ecology.

“We welcome the opportunity to showcasing the new Cornwall to visitors from around the World and sharing our excitement for the changes that are now happening around us.”

Peter Andrew MBE, Chair of Corserv Group, said: “The Corserv Group is delighted to have been asked to support the logistical arrangements to welcome the G7 Summit to Cornwall – a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our beautiful Duchy.

“Cormac Highways and Environment and Cornwall Airport Newquay continue to work closely with the organising authorities to ensure that the event runs smoothly in June. The Cornwall Development Company will be working hard with partners over this period to secure a lasting legacy in terms of inward investment.

“Over the coming months many of our staff will become involved in the logistical arrangements and we are committed to ensure that the event is a great success for Cornwall and see it shine on the world stage.”

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Ram-raid burglar jailed, Cornwall and North Devon

A crime gang member from Liverpool who ram-raided a Cornwall village shop in a botched bid to steal its cashpoint has been jailed for four years.

Anthony Cahill, 35, was one of a quartet of masked crooks who went on an early-hours stealing spree before the smash-and-grab on the Co-Op in Kilkhampton.

The group swiped heavy-duty slings from a crane hire business in Barnstaple, North Devon, then stole a pick-up truck and car from the forecourt of a dealership in Holsworthy.

They then headed to Kilkhampton, near Bude, and smashed the 4×4 Ford Ranger into the doors of the Co-Op.

But the gang’s efforts to wrench the ATM free using the slings and the pick-up truck failed.

They caused thousands of pounds-worth of damage to the business and pinched booze and vaping kit before fleeing in the stolen vehicles.

Cahill, of Kirby in Liverpool, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary and was today (Thursday 14 January) sentenced to four years in prison by a judge at Truro Crown Court.

His three accomplices remain at large and detectives are appealing for information that could help bring them to justice.

The court heard Cahill was one of a criminal quartet who travelled from Liverpool to Devon to embark on the well-planned burglary spree in the early hours of 28 June 2019.

They first broke into a crane hire company’s compound on the Roundswell industrial estate in Barnstaple and took several heavy-duty slings that were locked away on the site.

The gang then made their way to a car dealership on the outskirts of Holsworthy, gained entry to its garage and took the keys to a Ford Ranger pick-up and a VW Golf.

After stealing the vehicles from the forecourt, they returned on foot with power tools and tried in vain to crack the business’s safe. 

Police were alerted to the noise at around 2.50am but the offenders evaded officers and headed to Kilkhampton.

They drove the pick-up truck through the front doors of the village’s Co-Op before tying the stolen slings to the cashpoint and the Ford Ranger’s rear bumper.

However, their efforts to drive the 4×4 off and dislodge the bolted-down ATM failed when one of the slings snapped.

The gang then tried to raid the store’s tills and cigarette counter before fleeing with a limited haul of stock.

They abandoned the Ford Ranger on the outskirts of Kilkhampton and made their way back to Liverpool.

Detectives quickly linked all three burglaries and, through CCTV, forensics and the recovery of items, were able to identify potential suspects.

Cahill was located and arrested in Liverpool and initially denied all knowledge of the crimes when interviewed.

Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the burglaries but were released without charge.  

Detective Constable Andrew Colley said: “This was clearly a well-organised and maliciously-planned crime.

“The culprits researched the locations and the layout of each, identifying what they needed in order to remove the ATM from Kilkhampton, and took various precautions to avoid detection and identification.

“The group caused significant losses and disruption to a local business.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who may hold vital information in bring the remaining three suspects to justice.

“Please contact [email protected] quoting CR/057432/19 or you can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

“Devon and Cornwall Police will always deal robustly with those who mistakenly believe that our area is an easy target for such offending.”

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Spirit of the guidance, not just the letter of the law

Devon and Cornwall Police is asking communities to act within the spirit of latest national COVID-19 regulations, not just to the letter of the law.

During the first week of current national lockdown restrictions (4 – 10 January), the force received 921 COVID-19 related calls, almost half of these came from the Cornwall area.

There was a total of 433 incidents of officers offering encouragement, engagement, and education to the public to comply with regulations during the same period and 49 COVID-19 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Throughout the pandemic our communities have been largely compliant and that has continued throughout the first week of the new national restrictions.

“We want all of our communities to act within the spirit of the national guidance, and to not only follow the rules set out in law.

“Many officers have been asked in the last week what constitutes local exercise and how far can people reasonably travel – what I would ask is people do the right thing to protect themselves and others from further spread of COVID-19.

“The Government is asking people to stay at home and only leave or travel for a limited number of reasons, including exercise.

“Local means to stay within your village, town or part of your city. While it may not be stipulated in law, be responsible and play your part in keeping your community safe.”

Ch Con Sawyer added: “Our encouragement, education and engagement with the public has in the vast majority of cases resulted in compliance with the regulations and a change of behaviour – that is how we hope everyone would respond.

“We have dedicated COVID cars in operation throughout the force area to respond to public concerns and, where necessary, issue enforcement to maintain public safety.

“No officer wants to have to issue a fixed penalty notice. My plea to the public is don’t be that person who refuses to comply and puts yourself and others at unnecessary risk.”

Dedicated COVID cars were involved in 66 per cent of the responses to COVID-related calls received by Devon and Cornwall Police in the same period.

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Alleged aggravated burglary, St Austell

Police are appealing for witnesses following an alleged burglary and assault in St Austell in the early hours of Tuesday 5 January.

Officers were called to an address in Trevithick Road at around 2.45am.

The occupant of the property, a man aged in his 60s, sustained serious facial injuries. 

A 33-year-old man from St Austell has been charged with burglary, causing grievous bodily harm, and threatening a person with an offensive weapon in a public place.

He appeared before Truro Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 7 January. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Truro Crown Court on 2 February.

Police enquiries are ongoing to locate a female suspect in connection with the incident.

She is described as being white, aged in her 20s, around 5ft 8in tall, with dark, curly hair which was tied up.

The female is also said to have rosy cheeks and a chubby face, and on one occasion was seen wearing an earring in her left ear.

Officers are appealing for information and for anyone who knows of her whereabouts to come forward.

Call police on 101, or email [email protected], quoting reference number CR/000982/21.

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Devon & Cornwall Police launch domestic abuse awareness campaign

Devon & Cornwall Police is today launching a campaign to raise awareness around domestic abuse and the emotional and psychological impact of controlling and coercive behaviour.

The campaign also aims to reassure people that they will still have access to vital police and support services despite restrictions related to COVID 19. Victims can also often see an escalation in domestic abuse following Christmas and New Year.

The campaign will use a poem, released verse by verse at regular intervals throughout the campaign, to illustrate the story arc of an abusive relationship, from what is often a very positive and exciting beginning followed by the descent into abuse.

The poem will use contributions from survivors of domestic abuse, which will be invited via social media.  People will be able to watch the poem develop and see the completed poem at the end of the campaign.

Once completed, the poem will be turned into a video featuring survivors of abuse.  The video will then be used to help further raise awareness around abusive relationships and encourage those suffering abuse to report to police and to seek help.

Domestic abuse is about control.  Bullying and manipulation are used to control and coerce a victim into submission.

Detective Superintendent Ben Beckerleg, Local Investigations Cornwall, for Devon & Cornwall Police said, “It’s been a tough year for all of us dealing with COVID-19 virus.  Sadly, things may have become worse for those suffering abuse, especially having to live through three periods of lockdown.  This lack of contact with the outside world, whilst living with their abuser may well have made things even worse for those in abusive relationships.  The cycle of violence may also intensify with people having to isolate themselves and being unable to socialise in the normal ways.

“It is important that victims know how and where to get advice and support. We encourage people to report any incidents by phone or online via the Force website”.

Abuse survivor, Jane (not her real name), said: ‘As a survivor of several abusive relationships,  I have experience of the type of cruelty and manipulation an abuser uses to control a victim.   One ex treated me like a princess and really looked after me at first, but then started to turn on me.  When I started to think he wasn’t the knight  in shining armour I thought he was he told  me it was all in my head.  He made me give up my job to work with him.  He would threaten to tell my parents nasty things about me.  He accused me of ‘dancing dirty’ on holiday and beat me up.  We did split up in the end and I got a new job, but he constantly harassed me.  In the end I was scared to go home, so I got the police involved.  They were amazing.  I’m not sure I’d still be here today if I hadn’t.

“I know that other people experience similar things in an abusive relationship, and I’m keen that others don’t suffer what I did, which is why I am supporting this campaign.  I hope that by creating this poem with other survivors, people will understand how abuse happens and seek help if they are in an abusive relationship.”

Sarah West, manager of the Victim Care Unit added: “It is really important that people recognise signs of abuse within their relationships and hopefully this campaign will help provide that information.

“Understanding and recognising what an abusive relationship is increases the chances that someone will seek support.  The Victim Care Unit works with DA specialist services across the region.  Our team can talk through the support options available to people experiencing abuse.”

The campaign will be rolled out via social media and will include mobile phone banner messaging. Signposting to help with be provided to the Devon & Cornwall Police website, (www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk) which lists the various agencies that can provide help and support.

The campaign aims both to raise awareness that domestic abuse may increase with people self-isolating, and to reassure people that help is available during these unprecedented times. 

 

Resources/help

Live Chat is a web-based support service that will be available to victims in Devon and Cornwall 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is anonymous, confidential and free to use. To access it please visit victimsupport.org.uk or visit the Victim Care website – www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk.

The Victim Care Unit can be contacted on 01392 475900 from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at the weekend. Information on the practical and emotional support on offer is available at www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk.

Victim Support offer telephone support on: 0808 031 8178.

In a non-emergency, you can also report a crime 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 101 webchat or on  the online crime reporting form – both on the force website – www.devon-cornwall.police.uk. There’s also a useful AskNed system that provides online advice on a range of issues and by signing up to Neighbourhood Alert regular updates and information can be received from the OPCC. This can be done via devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk.

Crime can also be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via its website – www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Help and a list of agencies who can help can found at: www.domesticabusehelp.co.uk

 

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