Woman dies after serious collision, Halwill

A 24-year-old woman has died following a serious two-vehicle collision in west Devon on Friday 12 June.

Charlotte Simpson, from Beaworthy, sustained critical injuries after her Volkswagen Golf was in collision with a Lexus on the A3079 near Halwill around 4.30pm.

She was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth where she died yesterday afternoon (15 June).

The male driver of the Lexus, from Bournemouth, suffered a serious leg injury in the collision and was taken to North Devon District Hospital.

Officers from Bodmin Serious Collisions Investigation Unit are appealing for witnesses to the collision and in particular to anyone who may have seen either vehicle being driven on the A3079 beforehand.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Sergeant Ken George by calling police on 101, quoting log 624 of 12/06/15.

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New Caught on camera webpage launched

Devon and Cornwall Police has launched a new online initiative in the fight against crime.

The Caught on camera section on the Force website contains a gallery of CCTV images showing various people police would like to speak to in connection with a variety of offences, either as a witness or suspect.

The gallery will also contain moving images from CCTV cameras from across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for a range of offences including assault, burglary, robbery and shoplifting.

The Caught on camera section can be found within the news and appeals section of the Force website http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/news/caught-on-camera/

As well as appearing on the Force website, the CCTV images and footage will also be uploaded to the Force Facebook (Devon & Cornwall Police) and Twitter (@DC_Police) accounts.

Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “CCTV plays a crucial role in investigating crime. Although we already ask the public for help on identifying people in certain cases through the media and our website, this new gallery gives us the opportunity to store images in one place.

“It makes it much easier for people to view the pictures and play any footage.

“We are appealing to the public to tell us if they recognise anyone in the photographs or in the footage on Caught on Camera.

“We are always looking at ways of improving what we do. This is a great chance to involve the public and improve investigations when we do not know who a potential witness or suspect is.

“This also acts as a warning to criminals that the chance of getting caught has just increased.”

If you know any of the people pictured, please email [email protected], call 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting the reference number.

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Man charged with attempted murder, Bideford

A man has been charged in connection with an alleged stabbing incident in Westward Ho, Bidedford.

Asher Roche, 28, of Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and appeared at Barnstaple Magistrates’ Court on Monday 15 June.

Roche was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Exeter Crown Court on Thursday 9 July.

Police were called to an address on Westbourne Terrace shortly before 2.10pm on Friday 12 June following reports of an incident which had left two people injured.

A 40-year-old man and 65-year-old woman were taken to hospital with serious injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

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Custodial sentences in Crown Currency court case

Three men have all received custodial sentences in the Crown Currency trial.

A fourth defendant, Susan Benstead received a suspended custodial sentence.

This follows their convictions for fraud on 7th May following a trial lasting nine weeks at Southwark Crown Court.

All four defendants stood trial in relation to offences of fraudulent trading, false accounting, money laundering and theft.

This followed a 2 year and 9 month police investigation by the Force’s Economic Crime Unit into the failure of three companies, namely, Crown Currency Exchange Ltd (CCE), Crown Holdings Ltd (CHL) and Mayfair & Grant Ltd (M&G).

This is the largest fraud investigation ever undertaken by the Devon & Cornwall force.

Julian Benstead aged 46 years from Penzance was sentenced to 2 1/2 years imprisonment for fraudulent trading.

Roderick Schmidt aged 46 years from Penzance was sentenced to a total 5 years imprisonment for fraudulent trading, theft and false accounting.

Stephen Matthews aged 51 years from Penzance was sentenced to 4 years for false accounting.

All three men were supsended from acting in a Director capacity for 5, 7 and 5 years respectively.

Susan Benstead aged 70 years from Penzance was sentenced to 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years for money laundering.

Devon and Cornwall Police will now pursue the confiscation of criminal assets with a view to obtaining compensation for the victims who have provided statements of loss to the police

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Five arrested following drug warrant execution

Five people have been arrested following warrants executed in West London and Exeter.

On Tuesday 9th June, officers from Devon and Cornwall Police, assisted by officers from the Metropolitan Police, executed a number of warrants in relation to an ongoing investigation into organised crime groups from London using the vulnerable to sell class-A drugs on the streets of Exeter.

Five people in total have been arrested on conspiracy to supply class-A drugs; Three people from West London aged 18, 21 and 25. A 37-year old woman and a 33-year old man both from Exeter have also been arrested and bailed until October pending further enquiries.

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Appeal following injury road traffic collision - Mevagissey

Police investigating a collision in Mevagissey involving a pedestrian and a vehicle which failed to stop, are appealing for witnesses.

A female pedestrian was struck by a vehicle, described as a dark 4×4, on School Hill in the early hours of Thursday 11 June.

Officers attended after receiving a call from the ambulance service at 1.35am after the casualty was found by a member of the public.

The 58-year-old local woman suffered a head injury as a result of the collision and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske. Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

The road was closed while an examination of the scene took place. It reopened at 5.00am.

PC Robert Clue, based at Bodmin police station, said: “We are making enquiries to trace the vehicle involved.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw a 4×4-type vehicle in the area at the time.”

Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected], call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 38 of 11 June.

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Generous donation for police defibrillator scheme, Newquay

Building society members’ small change has helped boost a life-saving community defibrillator scheme in Newquay.

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation has donated £1,500 to the scheme which aims to equip all police rapid response vehicles in the town with a defibrillator.

The Charitable Foundation is funded through the Small Change Big Difference® scheme where members donate the annual pence from their interest to help smaller charities and good causes around the UK.

The community defibrillator scheme was launched by PC Dave Pettigrew, a former ambulance technician who now works as a patrol officer in Newquay.

Tara Oakes, manager of Yorkshire Building Society’s Newquay branch, said: “I’m really proud and delighted that the Charitable Foundation has been able to support such a worthy cause that really will help to save lives here in Newquay.

“Anyone of us could suffer from a cardiac arrest and when that does happen it is vitally important that people have access to a defibrillator. Thanks to our members the police are one step closer to achieving the dream of having one in every rapid response car.”

The donation will pay for one defibrillator but Devon and Cornwall Police, who are working in partnership with national charity Front Line Emergency Equipment Trust, need to raise a total of £15,000 to equip all their rapid response cars in Newquay.

PC Dave Pettigrew said: “Getting a defibrillator to a casualty in cardiac arrest within eight minutes improves their chance of survival by a massive 75 per cent.

“Thanks to this absolutely amazing and generous donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation we are a step closer to our goal of making Newquay a safer community to live in. Thank you to you all, you’ve definitely made a difference to the lives of our residents.”

In 2014, the Charitable Foundation made 2,189 donations to good causes and charities in the UK totalling £464,000.

PC Dave Pettigrew is pictured with four members of staff from the Newquay branch of the Yorkshire Building Society. Photograph courtesy of Chrissie Laming from the Newquay Voice.

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Incident in Truro

Police have been called to an address on Penhalls Way, Playing Place, Truro at around 1.45pm today (16th June) following reports of three people feeling unwell after coming into contact with a package.

Cornwall Fire and rescue services hazard materials team is now on scene as are police and ambulance.

No other properties are believed to be affected at this time. More to follow.

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Young people are gearing up for kit car races in Newquay

Police are gearing up for the Greenpower Education Trust South West regional electric kit car race days for young people from all parts of the south west.

The upcoming events, run from and supported by Newquay Cornwall Airport, will see primary and secondary school children taking part in kit car heats throughout the day, a total of 1,040 races in total.

The Formula Goblin race day, for primary school children, is taking place on Wednesday 17 June, and the F24 race day, for secondary school children, is happening on the following day, Thursday 18 June.

Over the two-day event Devon and Cornwall Police will have six cars racing. These include a youth group in Penryn, the Torpoint cadet group and their young people, the Marazion group formed from a group of young children and three from the Falmouth Police.

The Greenpower Education Trusts created the electric car project to advance education in the subjects of sustainable engineering and technology to young people, to change current views about engineering, presenting it as a fascinating, relevant and dynamic career choice. Greenpower has been one of the most successful projects in the UK for promoting social inclusion and engaging with vulnerable and economically disadvantaged young people.

Three years ago, PCSO Ellie Grey, based in Falmouth, was working with a group of young people who were engaging in antisocial behaviour and low level crime. PSCO Grey asked the police cadets if they could help to support the group. They decided to approach Greenpower to see if they could have the use of a primary school and secondary school kit car.

Greenpower gave the group the use of two kits for free. A team of young people competed in the regional heat after carrying out some fundraising activities.

Although the team did not qualify, Greenpower gave them a wild card entry to the final which was held at Goodwood Racecourse, Sussex.

PCSO Ellie Grey, who organised the local teams, said: “A through-the-night drive and some fantastic team work saw us complete the final, winning an award for our spirit and determination.

“The project, named Cop Car, is now in its third year. The community leases seven kit cars across the Force to engage with as many young people as possible.

“Around 50 young people and their families have engaged positively with the project this year. It is amazing to think that something that started as a discussion between cadets could amount to something that has proved to be a huge success and has the momentum to break down further barriers.

“I am delighted that we are able to promote policing in this way. It is a real ‘back to basics’ approach to community policing.”

Next year PCSO Grey is hoping to expand the project to other local stations in Cornwall.

The Newquay local policing team will have a stand at the race days. Officers will be giving out information about the Cop Car project and general police advice. Local dog handlers, traffic and armed response officers, scenes of crime officers and the police helicopter are also hoping to make an appearance.

Greenpower are using this Cop Car initiative as an example of community project work and presenting it to other Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from other force areas with a view to getting the project up and running nationwide.

Vaughan Curnow South West regional Ambassador said: “The project Devon and Cornwall Police and Greenpower have created is amazing. I have already received emails from other forces and PCCs wanting more information. This is solely down to all of the Cop Car project volunteers.”

PCSO Ellie Grey added: “Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has been so impressed with our success that he recently presented the cadets with a cheque for £5,000 to continue the good work.”

For more information about Greenpower, email [email protected]

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Have you seen Sue Slatter?

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Kingsteington woman and are asking for the public’s help in finding her.

Sue Slatter was last seen at 10.30am Monday 15th June at a property on Coronation Road, Kingsteington. She is 65-years-old and described as white, stocky, 5 feet 7 inches tall and blonde/white hair in a pony tail.

Sue is believed to be wearing a pink fleece top, black jogging bottoms, and pink flip flops.

If you have seen Sue or know of her current whereabouts, please contact the police on 999 quoting police log 643 of the 15th June.

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