Death of young male in Bideford

“Police were called to an address in Pynes Lane, Bideford on the evening on Wednesday 25th April 2018 to a report of a sudden death. The body of a 29 year old male was found at the location. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of death, but this stage the cause of death is unknown. Anyone who may have information about this, please call crime stoppers or the Force Enquiry Centre.” log 596 25/4/18

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Police investigate rape in Tiverton

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following allegations of a rape in Tiverton.

The incident took place in Collipriest Road near the junction with Little Silver at around 2.30am on Sunday 22 April.

The suspect is described as a white man, around 5′ 6” tall with a stocky build.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesperson said: “It is believed that the offender followed the victim from Tiverton town centre.

“We believe that three people walked past the victim prior to the attack on the way out of Tiverton town centre and got into a car nearby.

“We are keen to speak to these people as they may hold information vital to the investigation.”

The victim, a local woman, is currently being supported by specialist officers. This is an isolated incident and is being investigated by Detectives in Exeter and mid Devon.

If anyone saw anything suspicious or has any information that could assist police in the investigation, please ring 101 or email [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/034648/18.

You can also give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Drugs warrant, Honiton

Officers in Honiton have arrested a man as part of a Misuse of Drugs Act (MUDA) warrant on Tuesday 24h April.

Police executed the warrant in Westcott Way, Honiton and seized cash and a quantity of drugs.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class-A drug. He has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Police Constable Jeanette Bassett, Neighbourhood Beat Manager, said: “It is important that the police and the local community work together to combat this type of activity in East Devon.

“Intelligence and information from our community is vital and enables us to tackle criminality in the local area.

“I want to reassure the local community of Honiton and the surrounding areas, that this type activity is not accepted.

“Anyone with any information is encouraged to report it to us on 101, [email protected], or even anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Altercation in Plympton

Detectives investigating reports of a fight in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 16-year-old boy sustained a serious head injury on Dark Street Lane in Plympton.

The incident happened between 5pm and 6pm on Monday 23 April 2018.

An altercation happened between several youths resulting in the 16-year-old boy requiring urgent medical treatment. He was taken to Derriford Hospital where he is in a critical but stable condition.

A 22-year-old man from Plymouth and a 15-year-old boy from Plymouth have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and are currently in police custody.

Anyone who has any information that can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police by emailing [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting CR/034909/18.

Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at

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Theft in Okehampton

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information following reports of a theft near Okehampton.

The incident happened on Monday 23 April between 12.45pm and 1.15pm in the Lewdown area between Okehampton and Launceston.

Five plastic crates containing antique brass taps worth £5000, were stolen from a farm workshop.

Two unknown offenders approached the farm and made their way to an outbuilding where a number of crates were stored.

The two male offenders are described as white, aged in their 30s and both of heavy build. One is thought have had light hair, the other had dark hair.

They are believed to have been travelling in a Ford transit van with chevron markings on the rear.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police on [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting CR/034681/18.

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Statement following CPS review into Thomas Orchard death

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “We note the decision to pursue a health and safety charge against the Force but that a corporate manslaughter charge is not to be pursued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

“A charge of corporate manslaughter, if pursued, would have meant that the
Crown Prosecution Service had found sufficient evidence that the senior
management of the Force had caused Thomas Orchard’s death by the way in which it managed or organised the Force, causing it to grossly breach the duty of care that Thomas was owed as a detainee.

“Based upon our understanding of the evidence this extremely serious allegation was always strongly resisted by the Force. In support of this position we provided significant material which was considered by the CPS in reaching their decision today.

“Any decision to pursue criminal charges against the Force is nevertheless of
grave concern and we take the CPS’ decision to charge a Health and Safety
offence very seriously. We will now take time to consider that decision in

“We continue to support our staff following this decision, but the effect this
has had on the Orchard family and our staff since October 2012 cannot, and
should not, be under estimated.

“We are unable to comment any further at this time in respect of the health and safety charge due to the forthcoming criminal proceedings.”

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Assault in Plymouth

Police are currently investigating an alleged assault which happened on Ocean Street in Keyham in Plymouth on Friday 20 April 2018.

Between 9.30pm and 9.40pm, three unknown men were reported to have assaulted another man on the street.

DS Jason Power said: “We received several reports from members of the public who reported an alleged assault where three unknown men assaulted another man. The victim of which has not come forward to report this to police.

“We would urge this person to come forward and any witnesses who may have been in the area at the time of the incident who have information.

“We are also keen on identifying a red Ford Fiesta car that was also seen at the scene of the incident.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting CR/033806/18.

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Fatal collision, Helston

An 18-year-old woman has died following a two-vehicle collision on the A3083 on Sunday 22 April 2018.

Police were notified at approximately 12.45pm to reports of a collision between a black Honda 125 motorbike and a silver Toyota Landcruiser.

The motorcyclist, an 18-year-old local woman, was airlifted to Treliske Hospital via the Coastguard helicopter where she died as a result of the injuries sustained. Her next of kin have been informed.

Emergency Services attended the scene and the road was closed for just under five hours. Police would like to thank members of the public for their patience.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting log number 424 of the 22/04/18.

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Sexual assault, Plymouth

Police in Plymouth are asking for the public’s help to track down a man in connection with a sexual assault on a teenager in Plymouth.

Officers have released an e-fit of a man they would like to identify in relation to the incident which happened between 7.15pm and 8pm on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

The female victim caught a bus at the Royal Parade. An unknown male offender sat next to her and struck up a conversation.

As the victim got up to leave, the man put his arm around her back and tried to kiss her. The victim moved away and got off the bus.

The man is described as a white male with a local accent, mid 30s, about 5ft 7ins tall, blue/green eyes, and was wearing a grey beanie hat and carrying a rucksack.

He had an unkempt appearance with a few teeth missing and had a heavy smell of smoke and higher pitched voice with a gravelly tone.

We are appealing to the public to help us identify this man. Anyone who recognises him or has seen someone who matches the description is asked to contact police.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact police via [email protected] or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/026455/18.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or

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Missing Person Daryl Keenan

Police are extremely concerned for the welfare of Daryl Keenan. He is a 44 year old white male around 6 foot 2 inches build of stocky build. Daryl has short dark hair, a dark coloured goatee beard and tattoos on his arms, back and chest, he also has a distinctive tribal style tattoo with black points either side of his Adam’s Apple area. It is unknown what Daryl is wearing however he habitually wears shorts and a black or grey Nike sweater and trainers. Daryl is a resident of the Paignton area. Please report any sightings to Police quoting the log number 535 22/04/18.

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