Search for missing elderly man, St Austell

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace
an elderly man who is missing from his home in St Austell.

David Fooks, 75, has not been seen since 1pm
yesterday (26 January) and police are very concerned for his welfare.

Local officers, the police helicopter, Coastguard and Cornwall Search and Rescue Team have been conducting searches of the local area for Mr Fooks.

Police are asking the public to look out for him and to immediately report any sightings of him to them.

Mr Fooks is described as 6ft tall and of medium build. He is believed to be wearing dark-coloured chino trousers, an orange jacket and a light grey cap.

Anyone who has seen Mr Fooks or knows of his whereabouts is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 999, quoting log number 316 of 26/01/15.

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Disappearance of Samantha Henderson

Detectives in Dorset searching for 25-year-old Samantha Henderson from Corfe Castle, who is believed to have connections in Exeter, have released CCTV footage of her the day she disappeared.

Samantha, of Halves Cottages, was reported missing at 8.43am on Thursday 22 January 2015.

The last confirmed reported sighting of the mother-of-four was at around 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 outside Corfe Castle Primary School in East Street.

Following initial investigations, a 27-year-old man from Corfe Castle who is known to Samantha, was arrested on suspicion of her murder. However, her whereabouts are unknown.

Detectives leading the major investigation have today, Monday 26 January 2015, released CCTV footage and images of Samantha in The Sweet Shop in The Square in Corfe Castle at 11.41am on Wednesday 21 January 2015.

It shows Samantha in the clothing she was seen wearing outside the primary school later that afternoon – a pink jumper or coat and light blue jeans. She had her long blonde hair up in a ponytail.

Senior investigating officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have not found Samantha yet and are gravely concerned about her, fearing that she may have come to some harm.

“We are releasing this CCTV footage taken on Wednesday morning, which is day she was last seen. I am urging anyone who may have information about what happened to Samantha or who saw her after 3pm on Wednesday to please get in contact with Dorset Police.”

Officers are also appealing for the public’s help in tracing the movements of Samantha’s car between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and 5pm on Friday 23 January 2015. It is a blue Peugeot 307 Estate with the registration HV04 ZFM.

DI Devoto continued: “I would like to thank the public for all their help and the information we have received so far.

“I am very keen to hear from anyone who may have travelled along the A351 and in the Corfe Castle area between 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015 and 5pm on Friday 23 January 2015 and captured their journey on CCTV or cameras in their cabs, cars or on their motorbike or bicycle helmets. This footage may be very useful to my investigation and I urge you to call me.”

Extensive investigations are ongoing, including forensic experts examining Samantha’s home address in Corfe Castle. Searches are also being carried out in the Corfe Castle village area.

DI Devoto continued: “Our search for Samantha is continuing and we are desperate for any information about her whereabouts.

“Samantha’s disappearance is completely out of character as she has never gone missing before leaving her four young children who are aged one, two, four and six.

“We urgently want to hear from anyone who has seen Samantha after 3pm on Wednesday 21 January 2015, had contact with her whether by phone or social media or has any information of her whereabouts.

“We are keeping an open mind about what may have happened to Samantha but are fearing the worst. We need the public’s help and anyone with information, no matter how seemingly insignificant, should call Dorset Police as soon as possible.”

Samantha is described as white, five feet three inches tall, of a very slim build and with long blonde hair.

Detectives this morning, Monday 26 January 2015, were granted a further extension until 5pm on Tuesday evening to question the 27-year-old man who is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting Operation Cavalier. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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Distinctive rings stolen from Sidmouth burglary

Police have released images of some unique jewellery stolen from a burglary in Sidmouth.

A man broke into the JBM jewellers in Church Street around 3.30am on Monday, January 19th, smashing a front door and a number of display cases.

A quantity of gold jewellery was stolen including four very distinctive rings.

The rings each have an opal in with a number of diamonds on the sides and are hallmarked with the jeweller’s specific mark.

The suspect is described as a white man who was wearing a coat with a hoodie underneath and a baseball cap.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who is offered the rings for sale and officers would like them to contact police on 101 quoting reference CR/004241/15.

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Schoolboy assaulted, Exmouth

Exmouth Police are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old schoolboy in the town.

The incident happened as the boy was walking home from school on the cycle path between Phear Park and Bradham Lane around 3.30pm on Wednesday (21 January).

The boy, dressed in school uniform, was near the brick bridge when he was pushed over by an unknown man and assaulted. His phone was smashed and he suffered grazes to his hands.

Police are investigating the possibility that the assault was an attempt to steal from him.

Officers are seeking the offender who ran off towards Phear Park. He was wearing a black top with the hood up over a purple cap, black Adidas jogging bottoms and black Nike trainers.

Detective Constable Carly Davies, from Exmouth CID, said: “We are appealing to anyone who saw this man or knows anything about this incident to contact us.

“Police would like to reassure residents that this type of incident is very rare in Exmouth however we have increased uniform patrols in the area and recommend that children use the main routes to walk to and from school.”

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting crime reference CR/4874/15.

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Man assaulted in Barnstaple pub

Police are appealing for witnesses after a suspect is alleged to have stamped on a man’s head during a serious assault at the weekend.

The incident happened in The Tavern pub in Barnstaple at around 00.30am on Sunday 25 January.

The 60-year-old male victim, from Barnstaple, was taken to North Devon District Hospital with serious head injuries, where he currently remains.

A 25-year-old man from Barnstaple has been arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail until 20 April.

Officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident but they would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault.

Witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting CR/005641/15, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Free public exhibition to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies are marking this year’s National Holocaust Memorial Day (Tuesday 27 January) with an interactive public exhibition to commemorate survivors and educate people about the track to genocide.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to hear accounts from genocide survivors, share their experiences and leave personal messages. They will also learn and understand about genocides and what can be done to prevent them happening in the future.

The two free exhibition’s will take place on Tuesday 27 January at Newquay Sports and Community Centre and on Friday 30 January at New County Hall, Truro and are open from 10am – 2:30pm.

The experience takes about 30-45 minutes and large groups and school bookings are advised to agree a time slot in advance.

Colin Gameson, Devon and Cornwall Police Diversity Officer said: “We may think that the Holocaust was something that happened many years ago in one country, but the sad reality is that genocides have continually occurred in various places across the world and are still happening now. It is important for everyone to understand the reasons why they happen and learn lessons so we can prevent them taking place in the future.

“As a police force, we are committed to serving everyone living in Devon and Cornwall regardless of their gender, sex, race, religion and age, and it is important for us to be tolerant of everyone. This exhibition has allowed us to discuss and educate Cornish people on a very sensitive subject, bringing together some of the minority groups and victims of this horrendous crime.”

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Murder conviction at Truro Crown Court

Patrick Curran, aged 38, has today, Friday 23rd January at Truro Crown Court been convicted of the murder of Joan Roddam following a three week trial.

He will be sentenced at Truro Crown Court on Tuesday 27th January.

Joan, aged 74, was killed at her home in Delabole and her body was discovered at the rear of her home at West Downs, during the evening of Saturday 8th November 2003.

A post mortem examination revealed that she had died from asphyxiation.

Following a review and a re-investigation of the case undertaken by Cornwall’s Major Crime Investigation Team, Curran was arrested on 18th March 2014 and later charged with her murder.

He remained in custody pending the trial.

Following the verdict, the Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Ellis commented:

‘The murder of Joan Roddam occurred some 11 years ago. Since that time her family and the community in which she lived has had to deal with this tragedy and all its consequences.

‘I hope that the conviction of Patrick Curran now will in some way bring comfort and reassurances to all those who have been affected’.

Aine Rendell, the great niece of Joan Roddam, made the following statement on behalf of the family:

‘We are pleased today that the jury have found Patrick Curran guilty of the murder of Joan. We still find it difficult even after all these years to come to terms with the fact that Joan was murdered by somebody that she knew and trusted.

“Patrick is the son of Margaret Curran who cared for Frank, Joan’s husband, before he died. Margaret remained a friend of Joan’s after Frank’s death and it has been hard for us to accept why somebody so close to Joan could have killed her.

‘Joan’s death in 2003 came as a shock to us. Joan was my great aunt and we were very close. We spent time staying with Joan at Delabole over many years. These were happy times for us. My dad would visit Joan regularly and help her out with jobs around the house. The rest of the family would visit at other times and particularly during the summer holidays. We all loved coming to Cornwall and today most of our family has settled in Cornwall because of Joan.

‘Joan was a very private lady who lived on her own and enjoyed her own company. She had many friends scattered across the country and kept in touch with people by telephone. She was somebody who was very willing to help others if she could.

‘Joan loved animals and kept cats and adopted any wild animal or bird that came to the house to be fed. She had a pond in her garden and this was a particular love of hers.

‘Joan and Frank moved to Delabole in 1978 when Frank retired. They had a property in Spain and Joan loved spending time in Spain but always liked coming home.

‘During the trial we have heard details about Joan’s death that have shocked us. Joan did not deserve to die in these circumstances. We cannot understand why Patrick Curran did not come to court to defend himself and face us as a family.

‘We are glad that finally today justice has been served. We would like to thank the police and the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this case to court and everybody who has provided information that has helped to convict Patrick Curran today.’

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

Crime continues to fall across Devon and Cornwall

Recorded figures for January to December 2014 showed a decrease of 3.2% or 2,747 fewer offences compared to 2013, with reductions across a number of crime groups.

The updated picture shows the Force continues to see reductions in public order offences (down by 14.8%), theft (-10.7%), Burglary (-5.7%), and criminal damage has fallen by 5.9%.

In line with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, there are certain types of crime that the Force want to see a rise in the reporting of – namely rape, serious sexual offences and domestic abuse – as we believe these are under reported. Therefore, the Force also produces crime figures which exclude these crimes. Victim based crime minus domestic abuse, rape and serious sexual assault has fallen by 4.4% during 2014.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: “Crime statistics are hugely complex and these figures are only one indication of Force performance in Devon and Cornwall. However, they do help the Force identify the priority areas in which we should be focussing our resources.

“These are positive results, and in a time of reduced budgets across the board, seeing crime fall in the region during 2014 is hugely positive and credit must go to all our staff and officers.”

Figures from the Office of National Statistic published today, covering the period up to the end of September 2014 shows Devon and Cornwall continue to reduce crime in a number of areas and have the 11th lowest crime rate of forces in England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics says some rises, particularly violence against the person, public order offences and sexual offences relate to better recording and a greater willingness of victims to come forward to report such crimes.

Devon and Cornwall police publish the latest recorded crime figures on our website, as well as links to regional and local crime maps. To access these, please go to http://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-people/our-performance/crime-figures/.

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Search for missing Ivybridge teenager

Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing teenager from Ivybridge.

Ryan Ranson, 17, was last seen at around 7am on Tuesday 20 January at Devonport Dockyard after he was dropped off at work.

He was reported missing by his family later that day after his colleagues called them asking where he was.

Ryan is described as white, of medium build, with short brown hair. He was wearing jeans, trainers, a blue fleece, a black coat with a hood and he had a rucksack with him.

Officers believe he may be in the Torquay or Ivybridge area and are carrying out searches and enquiries to locate him.

Sergeant Jonathan Ross, Lost Person Search Manager, based at Totnes, said: “The family are really worried about Ryan as his disappearance is completely out of character.

“If he was trying to get home from work he may have caught a bus from Plymouth to Ivybridge, or may have gone on to Torquay.

“If anyone remembers seeing Ryan yesterday or knows where he is now please get in touch.”

Anyone with information about Ryan’s whereabouts is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 507 of 20 January.

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Christmas drink drive 2014 campaign results

Figures have been released for Devon and Cornwall Police’s Christmas drink driving campaign 2014.

Police officers administered a total of 1,766 breath tests of which 156 were positive, refused or failed to provide. This represents 9% of the total and is a decrease of 3.5% on last years result.

Last year the figures were 167 positive, refused or failed to provide from a total of 1,316 or 12.5% of the total.

The total number of positive breath tests following a collision was higher this year at 69 or 9% of the total (742) compared to 6% (21 out of 361) last year.

Inspector Richard Pryce, Roads Policing Professional Lead said: “The overall percentage of positive tests is lower which is encouraging. While any positive tests are disappointing, we hope this shows a good trend as more and more drivers take on board the message that it is simply not acceptable to drink and drive. This is definitely now the view of the overwhelming majority of the public.”

“The number of breath tests undertaken is up on last year together with the number of positive tests following collisions. This demonstrates a concerted effort by officers to clamp down on suspected drink drivers during the festive period.

“Nationally and locally a lot of work is being done to by police and other agencies to educate people about the dangers inherent in drink driving both to themselves and other members of the public.

“As well as the risk of serious injuries or even fatalities, it is important to make it clear that other results of drink driving can be life changing. These include losing your license or even your liberty, hefty fines and even a combination of these leading to losing your livelihood. You will certainly lose the approval and respect of your friends and family and the wider public.

“The results this year are encouraging with a lower percentage of positive results and more drink drivers caught, but there are still clearly some who demonstrate a reckless approach regarding their safety and the safety of their fellow road users. We will not stint in our efforts to reinforce our messages and enforce the law on the region’s roads.

“Catching drink drivers is a year-round priority for Devon and Cornwall Police and we will continue to crack down on drink and drug driving to actively contribute to making our roads safer.”

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