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.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Police appeal following robbery in South Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in South Devon.

The incident occurred at 7.20pm on Saturday 30th May in Shaldon.

The victim, a 45 year old man was returning from fishing on the Ness Beach at Shaldon when having exited from the tunnel near the public toilets he was approached by two men.

They threatened him with violence before stealing £55 cash from his wallet, and running off.

The offenders are described as being aged between 27 and 30 years and wearing camouflage clothing.

One of the suspects had a broad Devon accent.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity at time or has any information regarding the incident.

Please contact police on [email protected] quoting police reference CR/037722/15 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

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Theft from a vehicle in Lympstone

Police have received reports of a theft from a vehicle parked on a drive Lympstone.

The vehicle had been left unlocked in the Underhill area of Lympstone and items stolen, including an Apple iPad, between 5.30pm on Tuesday 9th and 7.10am Wednesday the 10th June.

A police spokesman said: “We are asking for local residents to be vigilant and ensure that their vehicles are locked and items removed when left unattended.

“If anyone witnessed the crime or noticed anything suspicious in the area, please contact the police on 101 or [email protected] quoting crime number CR/040216/15.”

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Suspicious approach in Launceston

Police in Launceston are appealing for witnesses after a 4×4 driver approached a 12-year-old boy on Friday 5th June.

The incident happened on as the boy was walking up the hill towards Tredaule from the direction of the Kings Head public house in Five Lanes, Alturnan at around 5.40pm.

A dark green Landrover Discovery with tinted windows pulled up alongside the boy and one man attempted to talk to him. The boy then ran home and was unharmed.

The driver was described as being a white man with a Scottish accent.

Anyone with information that could assist in identifying this man is asked to call police on 101 quoting police log 175 of the 8th June, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Tonight: Caught on Camera TV show features Exeter murder

A Channel 5 programme airing tonight (Wednesday 10 June) about an Exeter murder case, will demonstrate the crucial role CCTV plays in investigating crime.

The Caught on Camera programme, which will be shown at 9pm, will feature Operation Dover, the investigation into the murder of Stephen Crook in Exeter in November 2013.

Dramatic CCTV footage, gathered during the investigation and subsequently shown to the jury in court, will be featured in the programme.

Four men were convicted and sentenced to a total of 94 years in November 2014 following a nine-week murder trial at Exeter Crown Court.

Stephen Crook, aged 43, was discovered seriously injured at his home in Alphington Road, Exeter on 21 November 2013.

He had sustained multiple knife injuries and was taken to hospital where he later died.

Ryan Singleton, 26, from Coventry, was convicted of murder and robbery, and sentenced to 28 years.

Steve Webster, 42, from Okehampton, was convicted of manslaughter and robbery, and sentenced to 24 years.

Darren Twigger, 40, from Coventry, was convicted of manslaughter and robbery, and sentenced to 22 years.

Anthony Martin, 21, from Coventry, was convicted of manslaughter and robbery, and sentenced to 20 years.

In relation to a fifth defendant from the Coventry area, the jury were unable to reach a verdict on the two charges against him.

Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “This was a large scale and protracted investigation which resulted in Devon and Cornwall Detectives working closely with their colleagues in the West Midlands and National Crime Agency.

“Key to this investigation was the support and assistance given by members of the public and local businesses whom I would like to thank for their assistance.

“This was a particularly vicious and violent attack. Those responsible were engaged in the illicit supply of controlled drugs and were motivated by money.

“The sentences imposed should send a message and act as a deterrent to anyone involved in the illegal supply of controlled drugs and the violence that is often associated with such crime.”

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Appeal in relation to historic offence, Plymouth

Police in Plymouth who are investigating an historic offence are appealing for information from the public.

As part of their enquiries officers wish to identify anyone who worked in the cleansing department at Plymouth City Council between 1977 and 1978.

Officers are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against a teenage boy and are keen to trace any witnesses or anyone with information.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting CR/116324/14. Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Man found seriously injured in Plymouth street

Police are investigating a serious incident in Plymouth after a man was found critically injured in the street in the early hours of this morning (9 June).

Emergency services were called to Wingfield Way in Stoke around 2.25am and found the man unconscious having sustained several injuries, including a serious head injury.

The man, in his 40s and from Plymouth, was treated by paramedics and taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Officers located a blood trail and enquiries led to outside an address in Melbourne Street in Stoke where it is believed the man sustained his injuries.

Two men, aged 67 and 52, both from Plymouth, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and were taken into custody at Charles Cross police station.

A short time later there were concerns for the health of the 52-year-old man and he was taken by ambulance to Derriford Hospital where he remains.

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Police enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances around how the man found in the street sustained his injuries and detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Chief Superintendent Paul Davies, Devon police commander, said: “The Force’s Major Crime Investigation Team has begun an investigation into this incident and this will continue. The enquiry is at an early stage and we are currently trying to ascertain how the man sustained his injuries before being found in the street.

“This is a serious incident and we would urge anyone with information to contact us.

“We believe that members of the public may have seen him making his way from the location where we suspect he received his injuries to Wingfield Way where he was found by a member of the public.

“We are also co-operating fully with the IPCC regarding this matter.”

Anyone who has any information regarding this incident it is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 54 of 09/06/15.

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Woman jailed for dog rescue charity fraud

Katrina Jones aged 52 from Sheffield, has been sentenced to six years in jail after pleading guilty at Cardiff Crown Court to a string of fraud charges relating to incidents in Cornwall, South Wales and Cumbria.

Following her arrest in December 2014, Jones was charged with a further 29 separate offences of theft and fraud in excess of £500,000.

Jones also defrauded the K9 Crusaders charity based in Bissoe, Truro whilst acting as the charities treasurer, diverting charity money to herself to fund her gambling.

Investigative Officer Detective Constable Dave Skelton said: “Police would like to reassure supporters of the K9 Crusaders charity that their finances are now secure and that any future donations made are protected.

“K9 crusaders received a significant donation which was aimed to fund the redevelopment of their premises. However, Jones diverted a substantial amount of this money to fund her own gambling and lifestyle, this resulted in significant financial hardship for the charity as they struggled to meet their financial commitments.

“We are pleased with the outcome and sentence given to Jones, and we hope this shows that we take this type of crime very seriously and will endeavour to prosecute offenders and those who take advantage of their positions, like Jones did in her role as a treasurer for a local charity.”

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Police welcome reduction in use of cells for those suffering mental illness

Police in Devon and Cornwall have welcomed a new report from the National Police Chief’s Council showing a nationwide reduction in the use of police custody cells as a place of safety for those suffering mental illness.

Historically, police cells have been used to house those people detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The Government announced earlier this year that it would seek legislation to prohibit the use of police cells as a place of safety for under-18s and reduce the 72 maximum detention period for adults.

Nationally, there has been a 32 per cent reduction in the number of times police custody has been used as a place of safety for someone subject to S136.

In Devon and Cornwall that figure is 18 per cent with a reduction of incidents where a police cell has been used as a place of safety from 767 incidents, (Apr-March 2013/14), to 655, (Apr-March 2014/15).

During the same period, the number of incidents where another place of safety has been found rather than a police cell has increased from 350 to 481 incidents.

Dealing with young people subject to S136 remains a challenge for the Force with 30 incidents dealt with in 2013/14, reducing to 25 incidents in 2014/15. However, since January 2015 there has been five incidents involving someone under 18, and only one since April 1, 2015.

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said: “Those coming into contact with the police and suffering from mental illness are very often not criminals and should not be in police cells as a result.

“It is not acceptable for anyone of any age to be held in a police cell because no mental health provision can be found elsewhere. Those mentally unwell are much better suited to a health placement where they can receive the right treatment to aid their recovery.

“Since the start of 2015, mental health partners across Devon and Cornwall have been working closer than ever to try and deal with this hugely challenging issue and ensure people get the right treatment from the right agency. These figures clearly show progress is being made.”

A mental health concordant was launched across Devon and Cornwall with Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg in February 2014 aimed at improving crisis care for people with mental health needs.

ACC Taylor added: “This is just the beginning of a new way of working and there is still much to be done to reduce the number of Mental Health Act referrals in which police are involved.

“But we are seeing progress and improved multi-agency communication to further reduce this figure, particularly concerning young people coming into contact with the police and finding people the right place of safety.

“We want to see better access to support for people before they reach the crisis point of police involvement, better access to emergency mental health care, the right quality of treatment for patients and proper recovery plans to prevent those people relapsing and coming back into contact with the police.”

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Man critical after nightclub assault, Newquay

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Newquay which left a man in a critical condition in hospital.

Officers were called to Sailors Nightclub around 1.25am on Saturday 6 June after a man was punched in the face by another man on the dance floor.

The 27-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and sustained a serious head injury and a broken jaw.

The man, from Somerset, was taken to Treliske Hospital but later transferred to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

A 27-year-old man from Swindon was arrested on suspicion of assault causing grievous bodily harm and has been released on bail until 10 July.

Detectives investigating the assault are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

They are particularly keen to speak to three people who were close by on the dance floor at the time.

They include a man in a baggy basketball vest top, who carried the injured man to the side of the dance floor, and two women, one in a red fitted dress and the other in a black and white fitted dress.

Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Detective Constable Steve Applewhite, Newquay CID, by calling police on 101, quoting crime reference CR/039181/15.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News