Appeal following unprovoked assault - Liskeard

Police in Liskeard are appealing for witnesses following an unprovoked assault in the Town.

The incident occurred at around 1.00pm on Sunday 15th November in Clemo Road, Liskeard opposite the ALDI store.

The victim, a local man, aged in his early 40’s was subjected to some verbal abuse.

He got out of his vehicle and was trying to reason with a man who proceeded to grapple with the victim, knocking him to the floor and he was then attacked from behind by two other men, and was subjected to several violent kicks to his body and head.

As a result he sustained lacerations to his head and required hospital treatment.

The initial offender is described as being, a white man, aged in his early 30’s to mid 40’s, 5’10” in height, with dark shaved hair, gaunt looking and wearing blue coat which appeared too large for him.

On the day of the incident it was reported to be fairly busy and bystanders assisted the victim to his feet.

Police are appealing for witnesses and ask that If anyone has any information then please contact police via 101 quoting crime reference CR/079486/15 or alternatively call crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Force tackles online paedophile crime in operation

Devon & Cornwall Police, working in partnership with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Association of Chief Police Officers, has delivered a successful proactive operation to safeguard children across the peninsula by targeting paedophiles that access indecent images of children online.

The operation which lasted for over 9 months targeted those viewing, sharing or distributing indecent images of children, and in particular offenders who held a position of trust or who were employed in sensitive occupations.

The focus of the investigation was to prevent child abuse before it happens and safeguard children who are victims or might be at risk of sexual exploitation. A child is victimised not only when they are abused and an image is taken but they are re-victimised every time that image is viewed by someone. During this operation officers executed 74 warrants across the peninsula, the third highest nationally which resulted in 79 arrests, including 3 registered sex offenders.

Of these a total of 16 suspects held a position of trust or a sensitive occupation.

One suspect has been charged with the remainder all currently on police bail.

The overall policing operation was led by the Public Protection Unit supported by officers from our Force Support Group and Local Investigation teams. This direct action identified 52 children who were at risk, who are now safe and protected due to the support they were provided by the police and Children’s Services.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ralph of the Public Protection Unit, said: “We know some of the people who access indecent images of children online go on to abuse children directly and this operation has been focused on preventing this from happening.

“Targeting offenders who access indecent images of children online influences potential abusers, and their criminal activity, and prevents children becoming victims of sexual abuse.

“The internet is not a safe space for paedophiles to access and view indecent images of children, as their activity leaves a digital footprint, which we will find. “We have a team of specially trained detectives within our Public Protection Unit who are dedicated to finding and prosecuting paedophiles and are making arrests every day across the Force.

“Devon and Cornwall Police will continue to target paedophiles as part of our daily operational activity as we are committed to protecting children and finding people who believe it is acceptable to commit this type of crime.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Two Plymouth men have been convicted of the murder of Tanis Bhandari

Donald Pemberton, aged 21 from St Budeaux, Plymouth, has today, Thursday 10th December, been convicted of murder, while Ryan Williams, aged 22 and also from St Budeaux, Plymouth, changed his plea to guilty of murder during the trial.

Both were involved in the attack in the village of Tamerton Foliot which left a community shattered.

Detective Inspector Ian Ringrose from Devon and Cornwall Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team said: “We welcome the guilty verdict which will see both Donald Pemberton and Ryan Williams serve life sentences for the murder of Tanis Bhandari.

“Both men have not only been convicted of Tanis’ murder, but also for assaults on Jamie Healy, Sean Cordon, George Walker and Matthew Daw.

“This was a senseless, unprovoked and horrific attack on a group of friends celebrating the New Year. Tanis Bhandari lost his life at the age of 27 years and the attack has had a profound impact on the victims, their families, friends and the community.”

Det Insp Ringrose added: “The Major Crime Investigation Team conducted a thorough investigation into the tragic events that night. However, the result would not have been possible without the actions of officers who attended the incident on the night and support of the community, in particular the very close community of Tamerton Foliot.

“I would like to thank everyone who assisted the investigation and who have supported police throughout.

“Tanis’ family, the victims who survived, their family, friends and the community have acted with dignity throughout this ordeal. I hope that the outcome today will allow everyone who has been affected to gain some kind of closure and help recover from this traumatic crime.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Man arrested after alleged stabbing, Plymstock

A man has been arrested after an alleged stabbing in Plymstock.

Police were called to an address at Elburton Road, Plymstock, at 4.10am on Thursday 10 December following reports of a stabbing.

A 28-year-old local man is alleged to have stabbed a 64-year-old man and 60-year-old woman inside the property.

The victims were taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance.

The male victim suffered serious chest injuries and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

The woman suffered minor shoulder and hand injuries and has been discharged from hospital.

The suspect was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at Charles Cross police station.

Enquiries are continuing.

Detective Inspector Craig McWhinnie said: “The suspect and victims are known to each other, and I would like to reassure residents that this is an isolated incident.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal following burglary of elderly resident - St Agnes

Police in Cornwall are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at the home of an elderly resident.

The burglary occurred at around 1.00pm on Wednesday 9th December at a single story flat in a block in White Close, St Agnes which are controlled via a key pad main entrance.

The victim, a woman, aged in her 90’s was sat eating her lunch and unfortunately left her front door open as she was expecting a visitor.

The offender entered the flat and following a search of her bedroom engaged the woman in conversation and asked her to write down her name and address on s note pad.

Whist she was distracted he stole £400 in cash from her purse which was lying on a table.

He then left the premises.

The offender is described as being, a white man, tall with dark hair.

Residents are urged to be vigilant particularly at Xmas time and to follow these tips to help keep your house safe:

  • Keep doors locked even when you’re home or in the back garden.

  • Close windows and lock them when out.

  • Take keys out of locks as burglars may reach through a letterbox or cat flap.

  • Install a burglar alarm.

  • Use lights on timer switches when you are away to make your home appear occupied.

  • Remember to mark your property with house details so it can be returned if it is recovered following a theft.

Further advice can be found on our website at https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/crime-prevention/your-home/

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen this man in the area at the time or from anyone who has any information regarding this burglary.

Anyone with information please contact police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/084875/15 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at www.Crimstoppers-uk.org

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Police appeal for witnesses after traffic collision on B3252

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At approximately 1740 on Wednesday 09 December 2015 a two vehicle Road Traffic collision occurred on the B3252 at its junction with the B3251 .A Blue Ford Focus was travelling on the B3252 towards Liskeard when it has collided with a Silver Kia Sportage travelling on the B3251 and attempting to cross the main road. Both occupants of the Focus were taken to Derriford Hospital with serious Injuries. The road was closed to allow officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit to carry out enquiries, any witnesses to the collision are asked to contact the Police on 101 quoting the Log number DCP-20151209-0646

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Missing Male Stephen HARRISON

Police are concerned for the welfare of a man who has gone missing from Goonhaven and are appealing for information about his whereabouts.

Police are concerned for a male in the name of Stephen HARRISON.

He has not been seen or heard from since Sunday 6TH December at his home address.

He is believed to be in the Truro area. Stephen is described as a white male, 56 years of age, 6’1” to 6’2” in height and average build. Short back and sides brown hair with fair skin.

He was wearing a brown flat cap, brown chequed jacket, blue shirt and tie. Dark grey/green trousers, black socks with brown lace up plain shoes.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting reference 29 of 07/12/2015.

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09/12/15

Ref: 29 of 07/12/15

0743.15 (RC)

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Paul Julian, missing from Lostwithiel

Police are concerned for the welfare of a man who has gone missing from Lostwithiel and are appealing for information about his whereabouts.

Paul Julian, 29, was reported missing at 7.10am on Wednesday 9 December. He was last seen at 1am at his home in St Georges Park, Lostwithiel.

Paul is described as white, tall, of slim build, with short brown wavy hair and a beard.

He may be wearing navy blue tracksuit trousers with a white stripe down the side, and a brown/maroon t-shirt. He may also be wearing glasses.

Paul is believed to be driving a dark blue Citroen Grand C4, registration number WK15 UXD.

Officers are carrying out searches in the St Austell Bay area and are appealing for anyone who has seen him, or the car he is driving, to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call 999 and quote reference 94 of 9 December.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal following serious injury RTC - A380 Haldon

Police in Exeter are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury road traffic collision near Haldon.

The collision involving a single vehicle, a black Triumph R675cc motor cycle occurred just before 6.00pm on Tuesday 8th December on the A380 at Great Haldon.

The collision occurred on the A380 (B) carriageway just passed the permanent static speed camera location between the Ashcombe Cross and Great Haldon junction.

It would appear that the motorcyclist travelling towards Exeter collided with the central barrier and came to rest in lane two on its offside.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 63 year old local man suffered numerous serious fracture injuries.

He was conveyed by ambulance to Derriford Hospital where he remains receiving treatment.

The road was closed for three hours whilst scene investigation was undertaken.

Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses and ask that if anyone either witnessed the collision or saw the motor cycle prior to the collision who has not yet been spoken to please contact police on 101 quoting police incident number 0611 081215.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Chief's star becomes new patron of the Honest Truth

England Rugby player and Exeter Chief’s star Jack Nowell has been announced as the new patron of road safety initiative the Honest Truth.

The winger and full back announced his backing of the campaign at an event at the home of the Chiefs, Sandy Park in Exeter.

The Honest Truth is a road safety education partnership between Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, professional driving instructors and local authorities.

It was originally conceived in 2009 following a fatal collision in South Devon that claimed the lives of three young people and which had a devastating effect on the local community.

Chief Supt Jim Nye, Chair of Trustees for the Honest Truth, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Jack Nowell has agreed to become one of the Honest Truth’s patrons. This has become a nationally recognised initiative and it is great it is now supported by someone who so many youngsters recognise and admire. We are really looking forward to working with Jack.”

Jack Nowell said: “I am delighted to be supporting the Honest Truth. A serious traffic collision can ruin so many lives in just a matter of seconds that it is important to get the message out there about being safe on our roads. I am looking forward to working with the emergency services and helping promote the work this initiative does.”

Rob Carlson, from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, has been involved with the Honest Truth from the start and said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Jack Nowell and Exeter Chiefs to promote safer driving to the wider community of Devon and Somerset to help make our roads a safer place.

“The Honest Truth predominantly targets young drivers and passengers; as they represent a high proportion of the killed and seriously injured collisions on our roads. Therefore it’s fantastic that we have the support of Jack as he is someone who young people will admire and respect.”

The number of partnerships that are delivering The Honest Truth nationally continues to rise with more than1500 advanced driving instructors now signed up to delivering the life-saving messages.

In addition, the project has diversified massively and is beginning to get its life-saving messages out through new partnerships with fleet trainers, Royal Air Force and National Police Cadets all involved.

Interest in The Honest Truth has been shown now from 12 European countries.

For more details about the Honest Truth visit http://www.thehonesttruth.co.uk/

For a more in depth profile about Jack Nowell visit: http://exeterchiefs.co.uk/players-staff/players/jack-nowell/

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News