Serious assaults, Cullompton

Police investigating reports of a sexual assault and a serious assault in Cullompton are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Officers were called to reports of an altercation between a man and a group of people on Exeter Road, Cullompton, at around 3pm, on Thursday 25 November.

It was reported that a woman was sexually assaulted, and a man sustained a serious arm injury which required hospital treatment.

A man in his 40s, from the Cullompton area, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, assault occasioning grievous bodily harm, assault by beating and assault occasioning actual bodily harm and has been released on police bail to return on Friday 24 December, pending further enquiries.

If you witnessed the incident, have any information or dashcam footage that could help the police with their enquiries, please email [email protected] or call 101, quoting crime reference CR/102854/21.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Over 145 knives handed in during police knife amnesty

Devon & Cornwall Police would like to thank their communities for the support they received during the recent knife amnesty (15-21 November) which saw 149 knives of varying types being handed in at police stations across the force area.

All the knives will now be destroyed and are no longer at risk of falling into the wrong hands and being responsible for causing harm. 

A variety of knives were surrendered including small pocketknives, decorative items, and the usual random assortment of knives found in a typical kitchen. 

As part of the week of action the force also responded to intelligence around knife crime, conducted stop searches plus undertook engagement activity with selected retailers, community groups and schools in key areas across the force area.

Police also reminded communities about the changes in legislation which came into effect in July this year, making it an offence to possess certain items, such as knuckledusters, throwing stars and zombie knives, even in a private place.

Guidance on basic laws on knives, banned knives and weapons, and legitimate reasons for carrying a knife can be found on the Government’s website – www.gov.uk/buying-carrying-knives

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Bradley said: “I’m really pleased with the response we’ve had from this amnesty and the public support during the week.  Any knife handed in means there is one less on our streets.  Clearly people have taken this opportunity to hand in these potentially dangerous items which will now be safely destroyed. 

“Devon and Cornwall are two of the safest places to live and work, and whilst knife crime is relatively low compared to other areas of the country, we are not complacent.  Throughout the year we run regular amnesties and undertake prevention work with the intention of keeping knife crime low.

“We would suggest that if anyone still has knives they wish to dispose of and have missed the amnesty they should take these to their local recycling centre.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Missing person, Exeter

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 39-year-old Simon Boobyer, who has been reported missing from the Barrack Road area of Exeter.

Simon was last seen at around 11am today.

He is described as a white man, with short, dark hair and is 5ft 11in tall.

He may be wearing black trousers and a black, zip fleece.

Simon may gravitate towards the Powderham area of Exeter.

If you have seen Simon, or know of his whereabouts, please call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 0276 of 26/11/21.

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Serious injury collision, Torquay

At 15:36 hours on Thursday 25th November 2021, Police were notified of a road traffic collision involving a Volkswagen Bora and a pedestrian on Queensway, Shiphay, Torquay near the junction with Ben Jonson Close (OSGR 289940, 064819).

 

South West Ambulance Service and Devon and Cornwall Police attended the incident. An 11-year-old pedestrian was located at the scene with significant head and pelvic injuries. The casualty was initially taken to Torbay District Hospital before being transferred to Bristol Children’s Hospital for specialist treatment.

Queensway was closed for seven hours while Police investigated this collision.   

 

Officers from the Roads Policing Team are appealing for any witnesses, particularly with dashcam of the collision, to come forward quoting log 0530 of 25th November 2021.

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Force urges caution when seeking out deals over Black Friday and Cyber Monday

As shoppers look for bargains over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Devon & Cornwall Police is urging people to take care and consider whether deals are too good to be true.

In the run up to Christmas, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become two of the biggest shopping days of the year, with many retailers offering discounts.

While shoppers can save money during these shopping days, it also gives potential criminals the opportunity to scam victims with fraudulent offers.

Black Friday, which originated in the United States of America, is the day after Thanksgiving, which this year is Friday 26 November 2021. It has grown into an international event for consumers to buy goods at reduced prices ahead of the busy Christmas shopping period.

Cyber Monday falls on Monday 29 November 2021, which is the Monday after Black Friday and many online retailers use it to entice consumers with a variety of deals.

Unfortunately, scammers will often use these events to create fake offers with the intention of fraud.

Neil Blackhurst, Senior Fraud Investigator at Devon & Cornwall Police, said: “We all love getting a deal, but sometimes they can be too good to be true.

“Being targeted by fraudsters can be crushing at any time, but especially in the run up to Christmas. Unfortunately, there are people who will use the goodwill of the season to target people when their defences might be a little lower.

“Don’t get caught out and take five to stop, challenge and protect. Take a moment to think before parting with money or information. Challenge, reject, refuse or ignore requests that you think could be fake – only criminals will try to rush or panic you. And contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and parted with money, and please report it to Action Fraud by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.”

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Unfortunately cyber crime remains a real threat to residents of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, scams are getting increasingly sophisticated and the impact on victims can be devastating.

“My message to people is that if an offer seems too good to be true, or if you are being pressured to make a quick decision, then step back and seek advice from Action Fraud.

“By reporting suspicious approaches or crimes you can be part of a solution that prevents others from falling victim to these callous thieves.”

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Attempted child abduction, Plymouth

Police are appealing for witnesses following report of an attempted child abduction in Plymouth.

It is alleged that on Sunday 5 November during the Bonfire Night event on Plymouth Hoe, a man approached a 4-year-old girl and attempted to walk off with her.

A police spokesperson said: “This happened near to Elliot Terrace on Plymouth Hoe and occurred sometime between 7:50 – 8:15pm.

“The man is described as Asian, thin build, approximately 5”8 tall, 25-30 years old. He had dark hair that was shaved on the sides but was longer and gelled back on top; He was wearing a black leather jacket at the time.

“The child he approached is also Asian so we are currently keeping an open mind on if this was an innocent mistake and not something more sinister, but it is vital that we identify the man in question and speak to any witnesses who were in the area and who may have information that can assist us with our enquiries.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact [email protected] quoting reference CR/096986/21.

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Missing person, Holsworthy/Barnstaple

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 30-year-old John McCafferty, who has been reported missing from the Holsworthy area.

John was last seen in the Barnstaple area at around midday on Wednesday 24 November 2021.

He is described as being of slim build, with short, dark hair and 6ft tall.

He may be wearing blue jeans, grey Lacoste trainers, green/brown water-proof jacket and a grey rucksack.

If you have seen John, or know of his whereabouts, please call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 846 of Wednesday 24 November 2021.

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Missing person, Redruth

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for help to find Kim Smith, missing from the Redruth area and last seen on Sunday 21st November 2021 at 14:40. Kim is described as a white female, slim, 5 ft 8, grey mid length hair, last seen wearing blue jeans, blue coat, tan coloured shoes and carrying a burgundy shoulder bag. Kim has links to Camborne, Redruth & Penzance but has also expressed an interest in possibly travelling to the Oxford area. She sometimes goes by the name of Tracy.

Police are concerned for her welfare. If you have any information please phone 101 or 999 in an emergency quoting log 836 of 21 Nov 2021.

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Missing person, Camborne

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of 53-year-old Darren Harvey, who has been reported missing from the Camborne area.

Darren was last seen in the Camborne area at around 12pm on Tuesday 23 November.

He is described as being of large build, with brown/greying hair in dreadlocks and 6ft tall.

He may be wearing black ski trousers, a blue T-shirt and blue shoes.

He is thought to be travelling in his red Renault Megane Coupe (convertible).

If you have seen Darren, or know of his whereabouts, please call police immediately on 999, quoting log number 0546 of Tuesday 23 November.

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Vehicle taken, Barnstaple

Police investigating reports of a vehicle being taken from a property in Old Torrington Road, Barnstaple, on Saturday 20 November, are appealing for any information about a bike that was found near the location from which the car had been stolen.

Officers suspect that the bike (see attached picture) may also have been stolen and would like to trace its owner. Any potential owner contacting the police will be asked to provide proof of ownership.

Police received reports of a car being taken from a private driveway between 9.15pm on Friday 19 November and 9am, on Saturday 20 November.

If you witnessed the incident or have any information that could help the police with their enquiries, or if you believe you are the owner of the bike, please email [email protected] or call 101, quoting CR/101296/21.

Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or via the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

 

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News