Arrest following drugs act warrant - Budleigh Salterton

Officers from the Local Policing Team executed a Misuse of Drugs Act warrant at a property in Budleigh Salterton at around 8.15am today, Wednesday 24 June.

A substantial amount of suspected cannabis plants, in excess of 60, have been seized from the property.

Scenes of crime officers have attended the property to carry out a forensic examination.

A 59-year-old man from Budleigh Salterton was arrested a few hours later on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis and possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

He was conveyed to Heavitree Road police station, Exeter, where he remains awaiting interview.

Police await the results of forensic tests of the drugs seized and enquires continue.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal following commercial burglary - Plympton

Police in Plymouth are appealing for information following a commercial burglary in Plympton.

The burglary occurred sometime between 1.30 pm on Saturday 20th June and 3.00pm on Sunday 21st June at a commercial property in Valley Road, Plympton.

The front gates to the property were forced and entry was then gained by forcing a UPVC door.

Once inside the following items of plant were stolen and valued in the region of £9,000.

  • Yellow and black atlas Copco hydraulic breaker pack
  • Large yellow and black compactor plate
  • Small yellow and black Bomag compactor plate
  • Orange petrol powered Honda cement mixer
  • Orange and white Stihl powered saw with diamond blade
  • Measuring equipment theodolite or level
  • Assorted handtools

Anyone with any information, or has been offered any of these items for sale is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference number CR/043214/15 or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Car seized after reports of dangerous driving, Truro

Police in Truro are appealing for witnesses to come forward who may have seen a car being driven dangerously in the town.

Officers received reports that a silver/blue BMW was being driven dangerously along Trispen Hill, in the direction of St Erme, on Tuesday 2 June at 7.15pm.

The vehicle has been located and seized as part of the investigation.

Any witnesses are asked to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting reference CR/038675/15.

Alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously via their online form on or by calling 0800 555 111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Cash stolen from property in Truro

Police are appealing for witnesses after cash was stolen from a property in Truro.

The incident happened when a man cold called at a property in George Street at around 1.30pm on Friday 19 June.

The man asked the 68-year-old male resident if he would like to buy some handkerchiefs and placed his bag inside the door preventing the victim from closing it.

The victim left the door to get a pen from the kitchen, at which point the offender is then believed to have entered the property and stolen cash from the man’s wallet which was in a coat pocket.

The suspect is described as tall and is believed to have been wearing a dark suit or denim and was carrying a large black holdall.

Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have seen a man matching this description in the area at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting reference CR/042886/15.

Alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously via their online form on or by calling 0800 555 111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Closure Notices served on two Plymouth shops

Closure Notices have been served today (Tuesday 23 June) on two shops in Plymouth which are believed to be selling ‘legal highs’.

The 48 hour closure notices were served on High Life in Cornwall Street and Damn Good Head Shop on Ebrington Street, under Section 86 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, new legislation that came into effect in October 2014. Devon and Cornwall Police has served the notice in conjunction with Plymouth City Council.

This follows complaints over a sustained period regarding antisocial behaviour, nuisance and disorder by clients attending the premises.

Following the serving of the notice a hearing will be held at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 25 June 2015.

Inspector Sally Hutchings said: “Dealing with issues highlighted to police and partners by the local community is critical to neighbourhood policing.

“We are taking proactive action following a number of allegations in relation to antisocial behaviour linked to legal highs in the city.

“The closures will last for 48 hours and we await the judgement of a local magistrate as to whether this will be extended further.”

Councillor Philippa Davey, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities at Plymouth City Council said: “We are working closely with our partners in the police and the community to tackle the issue of legal highs in Plymouth.

“This will be the first court action in relation to the alleged sale of legal highs in the city so we will be interested to see the outcome of the court hearing.”

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Key witness sought, Westward Ho!

Police are keen to trace a witness after a car was damaged in Westward Ho! on Sunday 14 June.

A man is reported to have run over the top of a black Ford Fiesta that was parked on Golf Links Road, opposite the Royal North Devon Golf Club.

The windscreen was broken and bonnet dented as a result of the incident that happened between 7pm and 8pm.

A passerby informed the owner of the car about the damage however they did not leave their details.

Officers are keen to speak to the witness and are appealing for them to get in touch by emailing [email protected] or calling 101, quoting reference CR/041352/15.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal in connection with attempted robbery, Barnstaple

Police investigating an attempted robbery at a jewellers’ shop in Barnstaple are appealing for the public’s help.

Officers are keen to identify the man pictured so they can eliminate him from their enquiries.

They would like the man or anyone who knows him to come forward.

Police were called to reports of an attempted robbery at Coopers Jewellers on Thursday 28 May at around 3.35pm. The suspect made off in the direction of Green Lanes.

Nothing was stolen from the shop and no employees were injured.

Police resources including a police dog unit and armed officers undertook a search of the area but the suspect was not located.

Anyone who recognises the man pictured is asked to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting reference CR/037043/15, or alternatively pass information to Crimestoppers anonymously using the online form on or call 0800 555 111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Plymouth police warning after hoax firearms incident

Police are warning people not to make hoax 999 calls after officers were deployed to a bogus firearms incident in Plymouth last night (21 June).

Officers were called to Freedom Fields Park around 10.45pm after a report to ambulance control that a child has been injured with a firearm and the male suspect was still on scene.

Local and firearms officers and the police helicopter attended the scene and conducted an extensive search of the park and neighbouring area.

The search was stood down after an hour when no child victim, suspect or evidence of a weapon was found.

Further enquiries determined that the call was made anonymously to the ambulance service.

Sector Inspector Sally Hutchings said a police investigation is now underway to trace the irresponsible caller.

“We do not believe that the call was genuine and a considerable amount of police resources were deployed to this incident which turned out to be bogus,” she said.

“We have to treat any such reports of firearms with the appropriate response and resources but can reassure any concerned members of the community that there was no risk to public safety in this instance.

“We treat hoax calls to emergency services extremely seriously. Attending a hoax call means police officers and ambulance crews could have been diverted from real emergencies, putting lives at risk. The consequences could have been dire.

“We are making further enquiries to identify the caller and they can be sure that police action will be taken against them.”

Anyone with any information to assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 899 of 21/06/15, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Appeal following serious injury collision - Plymouth

Police in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses following a serious injury road traffic collision.

The incident occurred at around 3.00pm on Wednesday 18th June at the junction of Forder Valley and Novorossiysk Road in Plymouth.

A green coloured Toyota Avensis was travelling down Novorossiysk Road when it lost control and collided with street furniture and a hedge at the junction with Forder Valley.

The driver of the vehicle a 60 year old man from the Dawlish area received life threatening injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains in intensive care.

His front seat passenger, a 59 year old lady from the Plymouth area was also conveyed to Derriford Hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The road was closed for three and a half hours whilst a full forensic examination took place of the scene.

Any witnesses who may have seen the collision or the manner of driving of the vehicle prior to the collision are requested to contact the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit in Plymouth on 101 quoting police reference 530 180615.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Fresh appeal after major fire, Plymouth

Police have renewed an appeal for witnesses to a large-scale fire within a Plymouth block of flats earlier this month.

A joint police and fire service investigation is being carried out to establish the cause of the fire in Clowance Street, Devonport, on 3 June.

The fire began in one of the flats and caused extensive damage to neighbouring homes in the block. A number of residents have been temporarily re-homed as a result of the blaze.

A 14-year-old boy from Plymouth has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been released on police bail until 13 July.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the fire and police are working with the fire service to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

As part of the enquiry, officers are appealing to witnesses or residents who have not yet spoken to police to come forward.

Sergeant Steve Fleetwood, neighbourhood team leader for Devonport, said: “We are keen to ensure that we have spoken to everyone who has any involvement in this incident, including residents and witnesses. If they haven’t spoken to us or passed their details we would like to hear from them.

“Police continue to work with partner agencies, including Plymouth Community Homes and Plymouth City Council, to help affected residents where we can.

“The neighbourhood team is offering a reassuring presence within the Mount Wise area to help alleviate residents’ concerns. We would remind people not to try to re-enter any of the affected premises and to approach the police and other agencies with any worries they may have.

“Local businesses and members of the public have offered fantastic support in the shape of a large amount of donations of clothing and food to try and minimise disruption to those affected. This has shown the amazing generosity and strength of community spirit in Devonport and across the city.”

The public can find out more about donating items to residents and contact details for all relevant agencies via the Devonport neighbourhood policing team pages. Please follow the team on Twitter via: @devonport_PCSOs or on Facebook:

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference CR/038734/15.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News