Robbery in Camborne

Police are appealing to the public for information following robbery in Camborne in the early hours Sunday 23rd August.

A 40-year-old man was assaulted by three unknown offenders as he walked from the area known as The Spinney through to The Glebe.

The victim sustained facial injuries and had cash stolen from him during the attack.

If you were in the area during the time of the attack or witnessed the incident, please contact police on [email protected] or calling 101 quoting crime log CR/058842/15.

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Appeal to locate missing Honiton man

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a 65-year-old man missing from Honiton.

Stephen Cogger was last seen at his home in Millhead Road around 10pm on Wednesday [26 August].

Police are concerned for his welfare and say the disappearance is out-of-character.

Officers, supported by the police helicopter and Exmoor Rescue Group, have been conducting searches for Mr Cogger.

Police are appealing for the public to look out for him and report any sightings to them.

He is described as white, 6ft 4ins, and of thin build. He has short brown/greying hair, is clean shaven and wears glasses. Mr Cogger could be wearing a blue fleece top.

Anyone who sees Mr Cogger or knows of his whereabouts is urged to contact police by telephoning 101, quoting log number 368 of 27/08/15.

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Man arrested after Bodmin church burglary

Police have arrested a man in connection with a burglary at St Petroc’s Church in Bodmin earlier this month.

An offender smashed a valuable stained glass window to enter the church at around 11pm on Tuesday 18 August.

The collection jar was smashed and a small amount of cash was stolen but thousands of pounds worth of damage was caused to the window.

A 30-year-old man from Bodmin was arrested today [27 August] on suspicion of burglary and remains in custody in Launceston.

Police are still appealing for information about the incident and would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious individuals or activity at the church at the time of the offence.

Please contact police on 101 or email: [email protected] quoting log number 990 of 18/08/15.

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Former Bristol teacher jailed for indecent images charges

A former teacher at a Bristol school has been jailed for 3 years 9 months after pleading guilty to 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.

Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, from Wadebridge in Cornwall, was arrested following a joint investigation with Devon and Cornwall Police. He is a former teacher at Clifton College in Bristol.

Thomson-Glover appeared before Taunton Crown Court this morning (27th August), where he pleaded guilty to the offences. He’s been sentenced to 3 years 9 months.

In summer 2014, the National Crime Agency contacted Devon and Cornwall Police about computer IP addresses being used to download indecent images of children.

This information led to warrants being executed at two properties in August 2014 – one in Devon and another in Wadebridge, Cornwall – resulting in Thomson-Glover being arrested.

A large number of VHS tapes, Hi8 discs, laptops and hard drives were seized and examination of these materials uncovered a large amount of images and footage taken using covert cameras. Our enquiries established these cameras had been placed within Clifton College and the property in Wadebridge.

Det Insp Andrea Kingdon of Operation Initial, said: “Jonathan Thomson-Glover has been jailed for offences of making, taking and possessing indecent images. These offences included covert filming and the downloading of indecent images of children from the internet.

“We’ve been committed to doing everything we can to identify all those in the covert footage who were directly affected by Thomson-Glover’s offending but it’s been a challenging, painstaking and time-intensive process. More than 130 victims have been identified during the course of this investigation.

“None of the charges brought in this case relate to contact offences and there is no evidence to suggest the images or footage have been distributed to anyone else or uploaded onto the internet.

“These crimes amounted to an abhorrent abuse of trust and a gross invasion of privacy.

“During police interviews, Thomson-Glover described his activities as “compulsive”. It’s clear he has been prolific in his criminal activity and has demonstrated a meticulous approach in his planning and cataloguing processes.

“Although the footage was recorded onto VHS tapes, there is a clear suggestion he may have used pinhole or spy cameras during the later stages of his offending. He’s proved himself to be a manipulative and devious sexual offender who had the ability to keep his compulsion a secret from everyone around him.

“We’ve taken great care to approach victims in the right way and provide any help, advice or support they’ve needed, either through our specially trained officers, our Lighthouse service set-up to offer bespoke help to vulnerable victims of crime, or from external and independent charities or organisations.

“We’ve been working closely with the College and its management team and they’ve been extremely supportive of our investigation.

“We’re also grateful for the support we’ve received from all our partners, including the National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service.”

CPS Senior Crown Prosecutor Howard Phillips said: “Jonathan Thomson-Glover is an educated and intelligent man who exploited and manipulated his position for his own sexual gratification.

“He must have known he had paedophile tendencies when he accepted his appointment and he began his offending within a year of taking up his position.

“This case is unique due to the timespan of offences, the high number of victims and the gross breach of trust and invasion of privacy.

“The Crown Prosecution Service takes all cases of child sexual exploitation seriously and we’re pleased that by working closely with Devon and Cornwall Police and Avon and Somerset Police, we’ve been able to bring this case to a swift conclusion today.

“I’d like to thank the victims in this case and their families for their ongoing support with the overall investigation and court proceedings.

“I hope the sentence passed today will bring some measure of closure to them and will act as a deterrent to others minded to act in a similar way.”

If you need to contact one of the officers working on this investigation, please contact the Operation Initial team at Taunton Police Station via 101 or by emailing [email protected]

If anyone is affected by this investigation and needs independent support and advice, Victim Support are a good first point of contact for victims of crime on 0808 1689 111 or contact Lighthouse Victim Support for a list of local support services.

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Elderly woman seriously injured in Staddiscombe collision

Police are appealing for witnesses to a two-vehicle collision in Staddiscombe, Plymouth, which left an elderly woman with life-threatening injuries.

Emergency services were called to Bovisand Road around 11am after the collision between a red Ford Fiesta and a white Rover Mini.

The Mini driver, a 79-year-old woman from the Wembury area, sustained serious injuries, described as life-threatening. She was airlifted by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

The Fiesta driver, an 18-year-old man from Plymouth was uninjured.

The road was closed for six hours for police to carry out an examination of the scene and traffic was diverted through Wembury,

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision which happened at the junction of Renney Road between Staddiscombe and West Wembury.

The Mini had been travelling towards West Wembury along Bovisand Road and the Fiesta was heading towards Bovisand Road along Renney Road.

Any witnesses are asked to contact the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit via 101 or by email: [email protected] quoting log number 279 of 26/08/15.

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Cyclist seriously injured, Dartmoor

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was found with serious head injuries on Dartmoor yesterday [26 August].

The 68-year-old cyclist was found at 4.50pm lying unconscious on the B3212 between Postbridge and Moretonhampstead.

He had sustained a serious head injury, considered life-changing, and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance. He remains in hospital in a serious condition.

The man, from Essex, appears to have been cycling alone between Postbridge and Moretonhampstead.

The road was closed for three-and-a-half hours for collision investigators to examine the scene and police are now trying to establish how he became injured.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the incident and they are also keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him cycling in the area at the time.

The man is described as white, and was wearing an orange coat, black cycling shorts and a red and white cycle helmet. He was riding a white Dawes road bike.

Anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or by email on [email protected] quoting log number 635 of 26/08/15.

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Increased sentences for criminals who ignore confiscation orders

Two Devon criminals who ignored confiscation orders given as part of their sentences can now look forward to a longer spell in prison.

Paul Cartmell, 50, of Barrington Street, Tiverton, was given a two year custodial sentence, suspended for two years in March this year at Exeter Crown Court for possession with intent to supply heroin.

A confiscation order for £13,750 was imposed by the judge following work from Devon and Cornwall Police Financial Investigation Unit. Cartmell failed to satisfy the order and has now been sentenced to an additional 244 days in prison.

Christopher Webster, 56, of Braddons Hill Road West, Torquay, was sentenced to a 12 months custodial sentence at Exeter Crown in November 2013 on three counts of fraud. He was handed a confiscation order of £35,000 to be paid as compensation to his victims but has failed to pay and has been sentenced to an additional 353 days in prison.

In both cases, the jail term does not satisfy the order. Both Cartmell and Webster are expected to pay what they owe or face further time in prison until they have satisfied their respective confiscation orders.

Detective Sergeant Alex Bingham, from the Serious and Organised Crime Branch, said: “The Proceeds of Crime Act is changing the landscape of asset recovery. We can now identify property and bank accounts of criminals which will be frozen and confiscated by the police.

“When criminals benefit financially from their actions, our Financial Investigation Unit will seek to confiscate their assets to provide compensation for their victims, or reinvest the money into local crime prevention projects or local groups.

“We hope these additional sentences show that crime doesn’t pay. If criminals make money from their offences they will be pursued and their assets taken from them. If a criminal fails to pay, they can expect further time in jail until they have satisfied their confiscation orders.”

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Appeal after assault, Camborne

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Tuckingmill, Camborne, which left a man with serious facial injuries.

The 45-year-old local man was punched in the face by another man during the assault which happened on East Hill at around 4.45pm on 19 August.

The suspect left the scene in a silver vehicle which was waiting for him nearby on Pendarves Street.

A 23-year-old man from Falmouth has been arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has been released on bail until 12 October.

The assault took place on a busy road at peak time and police believe it would have been witnessed by a number of people.

Anyone who saw the incident and can assist police with information is asked to contact 101 or email [email protected] quoting crime reference CR/058110/15.

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Serious collision, A30 Launceston

Emergency services are currently dealing with a serious three-vehicle collision on the A30 at Launceston in Cornwall.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called around 4pm after the collision on the westbound carriageway close to the Callington turn off.

Two women have sustained injuries, one of them serious, and three children have minor injuries. The male driver of one of the vehicles has also sustained injuries.

All six have been taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and the seriously injured woman has been airlifted by air ambulance.

Both carriageways were closed for a short time. Traffic is heavy in the area but one lane is now open in both directions.

Police advise motorists to avoid the area for the time being if possible.

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Have you been offered stolen signed snooker legends cue?

Police are appealing to the public after a snooker cue signed by legends of the game including five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was stolen in Plymouth.

The unique snooker cue and case is owned by Stuart Craig (pictured) who won the cue in raffle run by Snooker Legends and was signed by Ray Reardon, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Jimmy White, John Virgo and Michaela Tabb.

Stuart was returning from his mums home where he was showing her his prize when he was approached by a stranger on Ferrers Road, St Budeaux at around 5.40pm on Sunday 23rd August.

After a short conversation the cue was snatched from Stuart and the stranger then demanded £20 for its return. Once Stuart gave the man the money, he fled towards St Budeaux Square with both the snooker cue and the money.

The man is described white, 5”8 tall, slim build wearing dark glasses and a hoodie.

Detective Constable Rob Gordon said: “We are appealing for witnesses to the theft, but we would also like to hear from anyone locally who has been offered the chance to purchase this unique cue and case. It has been signed by a number of snooker legends and is a unique piece of sporting memorabilia; we are desperate to reunite Stuart with his prize.”

If you witnessed the incident or know of the whereabouts of the cue, please contact police on [email protected], on 101 quoting police crime reference CR/059143/15, or you can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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