Serious collision on the A38 Drumbridges

Police are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A38.

At approximately 3.10pm on Thursday 19th October a serious injury road traffic collision occurred on the A38 Drumbridges in the Plymouth direction.

The Ford Transit was driven by a 26-year-old man from the Plymouth area who was conveyed to the Royal Devon and District Hospital, where he remains in the intensive care unit.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for witnesses including anyone that may have dashcam footage that could help with the investigation.

If you are able to assist the police, please email [email protected] quoting log number 551 for the 19th October.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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

Today, Thursday 19th October, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have released their crime figures for the period of 12 months to June 2017 which show a rise in recorded crime in Devon and Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall has seen a rise in reported crime of 17.1% (12,859 incidents), which is slightly above the national average of 14.1%.

Due to changes in crime recording standards and the implementation of new practises, the levels of recorded crime has risen for each of the 43 Police Forces in England and Wales.

Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan said: “We must stress that crime figures only represent a minor part of what we as a police force actually do; around 80% of our business is not crime related.

“One area of crime that has seen a major rise in the recording is in the reporting of sexual offences. Following changes to our recording practices implemented in light of the recent Crime Data Integrity Report, more sexual offences are being recorded at the first point of contact, instead of the previous practice of being recorded once an officer had met with the victim.

“This change in recording practice has seen a significant increase in the number of sexual offences the Force are recording, and is also a reflection of the hard work we as a force have undertaken in recent years to help give confidence to victims that they should come forward and report these crimes to the police.

“We have also seen a notable increase in the recorded numbers of violence against the person, this is due to the new malicious communications act and covers online harassment which is now recorded as violent crime rather than as a telecommunications offence.

“I remain confident that not only are my staff and officers working hard to protect and serve our public, but Devon and Cornwall remains a safe place to live, work, and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low.”

DCC Vaughan added: “While there has been a rise in recorded crime, we remain committed to preventing harm, protecting the vulnerable and reducing crime whenever possible.

“Independent surveys demonstrate our communities believe their local police do a good job – we remain the most successful force in the country on that measure.

“Our public can be reassured we will do everything possible to maintain a high quality, resilient policing service.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal to find missing Torquay man

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a 22-year-old man who has gone missing from Torquay.

Officers are concerned for the welfare of Sean Campbell who was last heard from in the early hours of this morning [19 October].

Police are carrying out searches and enquiries to locate him but are asking for the public to look out for Sean and report any sightings to them.

He is described as white, 5ft 9ins tall with short dark brown hair. His clothing is unknown.

If you have seen Sean, know of his whereabouts or have any information to aid the police with their search, please contact 999 quoting police log 984 of 18/10/17.

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Take a break from your smartphone

YoungMinds & Cyber Aware encourage young people to take a break from smartphones to improve wellbeing and cyber security

  • With new research demonstrating the scale of smartphone use among young people, YoungMinds and the government’s Cyber Aware campaign are highlighting the benefits of taking a break from technology and doing something positive for your mental health – find out more here:

  • Cyber Aware is encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates, to protect themselves from cyber crime – find out more here:

A new poll from YoungMinds and Cyber Aware reports that over a fifth (21%) of 18-25 year-olds surveyed spend more than 6 hours a day on their smartphones. This is despite the fact that more than half of them (60%) agree that they would benefit from taking a short break from them.

Results from UK young people aged 18-25 responding to the Ipsos MORI online poll also showed that:

  • When forced to go without their smartphones during the past 12 months, over a third of young people surveyed (34%) agree that they felt anxious about what they were missing,

  • Two-thirds (66%) of young people surveyed have checked their smartphones during dinner with family or friends.

  • More than half of young people surveyed (55%) say that they have missed what a friend, partner or family member was saying because they were distracted by their smartphone

The poll also showed that over half (52%) all UK adults surveyed, aged 16-75, who use a smartphone agree that they would benefit from taking a break, and nearly half (46%) have checked their smartphones during dinner with family and friends.

YoungMinds and Cyber Aware are highlighting the benefits for young people of managing their phone use, and encouraging them to take a break from their smartphones to help improve their wellbeing and cyber security.

Cyber Aware is also encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates. They contain security updates which are designed to fix weaknesses in software and apps which could be used by hackers to attack your device and steal your identity.

Dr Marc Bush from Young Minds said: “Access to smartphones can bring huge benefits for young people, but it does come with pressure for young people to be constantly available and to compare their own lives to the ‘perfect’ lives that others are leading. Research we have carried out with Cyber Aware shows that more than half of young people feel they would benefit from taking a break from their smartphones. It’s important that young people learn how to manage the way they use social media and to take a break if it’s affecting their wellbeing. It can be positive for your mental health to break the pattern of constantly checking your smartphone, and to spend more time being aware of the environment around you, getting exercise, talking to people face-to-face, relaxing or doing things you love.”

Psychologist and wellbeing expert, Honey Langcaster-James, said: “The good news is 50% of young people are trying to consciously have more techfree time. We all tend to underestimate the amount of time we spend on our smartphones. Taking a Tech Free 15 whilst you install your software and app updates and using that time to relax or communicate with loved ones is a starting point and means you can have both a healthy mind and phone. Software updates contain vital security updates which help protect your devices from cyber criminals. Installing them as soon as possible helps to keep your device secure and allows your mind to rest at ease.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Op Agua – major investigation

A gang who targeted ATM cash machines and a G4S security van in South Devon have been sentenced to a total of 48 years in prison.

Eight men, including a father and his two sons, were all found guilty of having played a part in a series of raids which sparked a huge police investigation.

Robin Vaughan Senior, 44, of Liverpool, was sentenced to fourteen and a half years to run concurrent to the ten year sentence he is currently serving for similar offences in Scotland.

Robin Vaughan Junior, aged 27, from Lyme Grove, Liverpool, was jailed for ten years.

Johnny Vaughan, aged 21, from Lyme Grove, Liverpool, was sentenced to seven years and one month.

Peter Atkinson, aged 17, of Prescott, Liverpool, received three years and eight months.

Joseph Field, 35, from Willow Grove in Warrington, was handed four and a half years.

Ian Harris, 36, from Torquay, was jailed for three years and seven months.

James Brewer, 36, of Brookwood Road, Liverpool, was given four years and eight months in prison.

Frederick Pearce, aged 53, of Torquay, pleaded guilty to burglary and is to be sentenced next week.

Robin Vaughan Senior, Robin Vaughan Junior, Johnny Vaughan and Joseph Field were indicted for the conspiracy to cause an explosion offences as part of their attempts rip out a free-standing ATM cash machine from a shop in Dartmouth.

Gang members targeted the Coop store on 23rd April 2016, smashing windows to gain entry. They tied a band to the machine and used a 4×4 vehicle to attempt to drag out the ATM from within the shop. This attempt failed when the tow bar of the vehicle used broke off.

Four members of the gang were involved in other offences including using explosives in failed attempts to obtain cash from several ‘hole-in-the-wall’ ATM machines in Torquay.

On Monday 7 December 2015, a Natwest ATM on Newton Road, Torquay, was targeted and an attempted explosion was made. The explosion was unsuccessful and the attempt theft of money failed.

The following day, Tuesday 8 December 2015, a Barclays Bank ATM on Fore Street in Torquay was targeted. An explosion occurred and entry was gained to the bank, again, no cash was taken and a substantial amount of damage was caused.

On 18th of May 2016, a G4S security van officer, who was transporting money from a bank in Brixham town centre, was attacked with a hammer by two men who stole £11,440 before making off in a vehicle driven by the third man. Robin Vaughan Junior, Johnny Vaughan, Peter Atkinson and Frederick Pearce pleaded guilty to robbery.

On 31st May 2016, gang members were involved in another attempted ATM drag-out at the Coop store at Cherrybrook in Paignton. Again, the gang used a vehicle to attempt pull an ATM machine out of the ground from the shop. This failed and they left empty handed.

In June 2016, officers discovered that some of the gang had been staying at a rented property on Denbury Road in Ogwell, which was believed to have been used as the gang’s ‘centre of operations’. Detectives closed in on the group and several arrests followed.

Detective Inspector Kay Chapman said: “Operation Agua was the investigation into three significant conspiracies, ATM explosions, ATM drag-outs and a robbery with a weapon.

“They were a determined prolific gang mainly from out of force who thought South Devon would be an easy target. They initially targeted ATM’s then moved onto the G4S robbery

“We welcome today’s sentence. A significant amount of work went into this complex investigation in order to bring the offenders to court. The tenacious investigation by Torbay CID was in-depth and supported by the prosecution teams.

“I thank all of the victims and witnesses for their co-operation, patience and support. One of these incidents caused significant traumatic impact to one of the security guards and we hope today’s sentencing shows that justice has been done.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

High value burglary, Newquay

Officers are currently investigating a high value Burglary which happened in Pentire in Newquay between Friday 13 October and Monday 16 October 2017.

Offender/s have entered an address on Pentire Road via the rear patio doors which were broken open.

Watches, jewellery and laptop computers were taken from the house and have still not been recovered. These items include a black YVES salon ladies clutch bag, black Chanel sunglasses, and a Chanel handbag.

DC Steve Applewhite said: “If you discover any discarded property which seems out of place whilst out and about please notify the police as it may help us identify who is responsible.

“You may see an increased Police presence in Pentire which is to reassure the public and prevent this type of crime happening again.

“We are also appealing to those living in Pentire to consider their home security.”

Anyone with any information should call the police via [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting crime reference CR/089645/17 or a message to be left for DC 189 Steve Applewhite, Newquay CID.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Assault in Plymouth pub

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Plymouth.

The incident happened at The Two Trees Public House, Union Street at around 2:40am on Sunday 1 October 2017.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was in the outdoor smoking area when he was punched to the head a number of times by a male offender.

A second male offender then assaulted the victim at a parking area to the rear of the pub a few minutes later, punching and kicking him.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured jaw and cuts to his head.

Police believe there were a number of witnesses present and would like to speak to anyone who may have information that can help with enquiries.

Anyone who was present or could offer any further information about this incident is asked to contact the police on 101 or [email protected] quoting crime reference number CR/084856/17.

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

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Fatal collision on the A30, Redruth

A man has died following a collision between a motorcycle and a tractor in Cornwall.

At 7:18pm on Saturday 14th October, police were notified of collision on the A30 westbound between Socrrier and Reduth, Cornwall.

The collision involved a Harley Davidson motorcycle and an agricultural tractor that was drawing a twin axle trailer.

As a result of the collision a 62-year-old man from the Redruth area was pronounced deceased.

Officers from the roads policing team and serious collision investigation team are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or who may have dashcam footage that may help police with their investigation is asked to email [email protected] quoting log number 827 for the 14th of October.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Concern for missing Truro man

Police are increasingly concerned for Terence Dengler who has been missing from his home since the morning of Thursday 12 October. He is described as a white male, 67 years old, approximately 6’0 tall with short silver white hair and a short silver beard. He is believed to be wearing a dark jacket and jeans and may be wearing sunglasses and carrying a rucksack.

It is thought Terence may be in or have visited the Exeter area and may have travelled by train.

If anyone has any information to help locate Peter, please call police on 101 quote reference 174 13102017

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News