Female charged with Murder

Woman charged with murder following fire in Truro

Karen Pedley aged 41 years from Caharrack near Redruth has today, Monday 9th February been charged with murder and remains in custody to appear before Bodmin Magistrates Court Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Her arrest and subsequent charge relates to a fire at the Rosewyn House Care home on Alverton Terrace, Truro on 24 November 2008.

A 96-year-old female resident of the home died in hospital a week after the fire as a result of smoke inhalation.

The suspect was initially arrested on 12 March 2014 and remained on police bail during the police investigation.

Pedley has also been charged with endangering the life of the other care home residents as a result of the arson and three separate arsons that occurred at the Seafarers Centre in Falmouth during 2007/8.

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0071.15(RC)

09/02/2015

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Woman charged with murder, Truro

Karen Pedley, aged 41, from Caharrack near Redruth has today, Monday 9th February been charged with the murder and remains in custody to appear before Truro Magistrates Court Tuesday 10th February 2015.

Her arrest and subsequent charge relates to a fire at the Rosewyn House Care home on Alverton Terrace, Truro on 24 November 2008.

Gladys Rowe (pictured), a 96-year-old woman resident of the home, died in hospital a week after the fire as a result of smoke inhalation.

The suspect was initially arrested on 12 March 2014 and remained on police bail during the police investigation.

Pedley has also been charged with endangering the life of the other care home residents as a result of the arson and three separate arsons that occurred at the Seafarers Centre in Falmouth during 2007/8.

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Creating a safer internet for children

A new website offering information and advice to parents, young people and professionals in Torbay will be launching on 10 February to mark Safer Internet Day 2015.

The website www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk has been created by Torbay’s Virtually [email protected] team, a local project that aims to keep children safer online.

It offers information and advice to parents and carers who may not know very much about online technology, as well as information for young people and professionals working with local children. The types of issues covered by the site include sexting, social networking and cyber bullying.

Inspector Louise Costin from Devon & Cornwall Police said: “Safer Internet Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the great things about being online. The opportunities the internet gives are endless, but like the physical environment, the online environment has risks.”

By investing time in educating children about online safety, Virtually [email protected] aim to raise awareness, support children to make safer choices about their online conduct and friendships and give them the confidence to report issues if they need to.

“By working in this way, we believe we can prevent children from becoming victims of online crimes in the future.” Added Inspector Costin.

Safer Internet Day is a national event led by the UK Safer Internet Centre. This year’s theme is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’, offering the opportunity to focus on the creative and positive things that children and young people do online, as well as the role everyone plays in helping create a better internet.

Councillor Robert Excell Executive Lead for Safer Communities, Highways and Sport at Torbay Council said: “Torbay Council takes the safeguarding of children online as well as offline seriously which is why we are proud to co-lead Torbay’s very unique Virtually [email protected] project and take part in Safer Internet Day.”

As well as a new website the Virtually [email protected] team will be out as usual on Safer Internet Day delivering e-safety presentations to pupils and parents, alongside a wide variety of Torbay wide activity being planned and delivered by local schools and academies.

Chris Forster Neighbourhood Manager at Hele’s Angels said: “Just like the offline environment children and young people can be exposed to harmful content and potentially dangerous people when they are using internet enabled devices.

It is important that they are equipped with the skills they will need to keep themselves safer online and it is the responsibility of schools, but also families and the wider community to do just that.

Our advice to any parent, guardian or carer, is if you don’t think you can talk to your child for some reason about their online activity, please check out our website. You really don’t need to be an expert in technology to be able to support your child to have a safer, better experience online.”

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Appeal for witnesses after serious collision, St Austell

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision involving three vehicles near St Austell.

The collision happened on the B3374 Rosevear Road in Bugle, by the entrance to the Bugle industrial estate, shortly before 7.25pm on Friday 6 February.

The 20-year-old male driver of the silver Peugeot 106, from St Austell, suffered serious head injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in Truro, where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

The 44-year-old male driver of the silver Vauxhall Vivaro van, from Par, was also taken to Treliske with minor injuries.

The 21-year-old driver of the red Peugeot 106, from St Austell, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and taken to Newquay police station. The driver, who was uninjured, was later released on police bail until 20 March pending further enquiries.

The road was closed for several of hours while specialist teams from the Safer Roads Support Unit and Serious Collision Investigation Unit conducted an investigation of the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 658 of 6 February.

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How safe is your shed?

For some this can be hundreds of pounds. Most people use their shed to store garden equipment, bicycles and even expensive power tools. Yet, often, sheds are fitted with inadequate locks, or no lock at all.

Since June last year, over seventy-one victims in South Devon had their sheds broken into and property stolen. Almost half of these occurred in Teignbridge.

Fourteen sheds were broken into in Torquay and twelve across Ivybride and Kingsbridge. The areas reporting the fewest number of break-ins were Totnes, Dartmouth, Paignton and Brixham.

To reduce this type of crime, Police have teamed with South Devon & Dartmoor Community Partnership to encourage owners to check the security of their sheds and outbuildings.

Neil Ralph, Chief Inspector for South Devon said “Opportune thieves will access a shed that has been left insecure, knowing items of value are stored inside. We urge people to think about the security”.

To keep your sheds and out buildings safe, please use a heavy duty lock and where possible, avoid leaving expensive power tools inside. Also, check your shed regularly for damage.

“Please register all valuables including bikes, power tools and garden equipment with www.immobilise.com and ensure your home insurance covers items stored in sheds/outbuildings” added Chief Inspector Ralph.

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Man in critical condition after collision near Exeter

Police are appealing for witnesses to a collision on the A38 near Exeter in which a man suffered serious injuries.

At around 8.55am on Sunday 8 February, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, travelling along the A38 northbound, left the carriageway on Haldon Hill and collided with a tree.

Extensive damage was caused to the car and the driver suffered serious head injuries.

The fire service, highways and an air ambulance were called to assist.

The 23-year-old male driver, from London, was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the collision and there were no other occupants in the car.

The road was closed for five hours while officers from the Serious Collisions investigation Unit carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 234 of 8 February.

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Witnesses sought after serious collision, Mary Tavy

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a serious collision on the A386 near Mary Tavy on Saturday 7 February.

The collision took place at noon and involved four vehicles – an Audi A6, Vauxhall Astra, Audi A4 and Vauxhall Insignia.

The driver of the A6 was taken to Derriford Hospital via air ambulance with life threatening injuries. A woman passenger and two children in the car were taken to hospital via land ambulance but were not injured.

The male driver of the A4 suffered minor injury while a female passenger in the car suffered arm and leg injuries and remains in hospital.

The male driver of the Insignia suffered minor injuries.

The female driver of the Astra was not injured.

The road was closed while specialist forensic investigation took place at the scene and the vehicles were recovered.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of the collision at the time to call police on 101 quoting reference 319 of 7th February.

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Police appeal for witnesses following Kingskerswell collision

At approximately 7:50am on Thursday 5th February, emergency services were called to a serious road traffic collision on the A380 Newton Road, in Kingskerswell on the Priory Road junction, involving a black Triumph motorcycle and a Ford Fiesta.

The male motorcyclist was taken to Torbay District Hospital with serious foot and lower leg injuries.

The Exeter bound lane of Newton Road was closed whilst officers carried out a survey of the scene and reopened at around midday.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting police 89 for the 5th of February.

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Man assaulted in Plymouth city centre

Police investigating an assault on a man in Plymouth city centre are appealing for witnesses.

A 27-year-old local man was assaulted by the cash point on Raleigh Street on Sunday 25 January at around 3.15am.

The victim was punched in the face by a man, causing him to fall to the floor. He suffered facial injuries as a result.

A 19-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on police bail until 16 March.

Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference CR/005648/15, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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#RU2drunk pilot reduced alcohol fuelled crime by 39% in Torquay

A police pilot project where doormen at licensed premises in Torquay town and harbour side breathalysed suspected drunks has seen a staggering 39 per cent drop in violent crime.

#RU2drunk was piloted during December to see if it helped reduce alcohol fuelled incidents at 23 of the town’s most vibrant night spots.

Local officers and Tony Hogg, the Police and Crime Commissioner who funded the pilot, are pleased with what they describe as ‘startling results’.

There is support from all sides for #RU2drunk to become business as usual in Torquay and its success makes it likely Mr Hogg’s office will support other areas wanting to improve their night-time economy.

The highlights were 39 per cent fewer violent crimes in the town centre and around the harbour side, which led to a 22 per cent reduction across the town.

The pilot saw over 800 men and women breathalysed when doormen suspected they were drunk – over a third were then refused entry.

Chief Inspector Neil Ralph said: “The findings are impressive. In Torquay, approximately 20 per cent of all violent crime is attributable to the night time economy and a substantial number of these offences happen in the town centre and harbour side area. The breathalyser scheme has proved to be extremely effective in reducing these crimes.”

Tony Hogg who funded the scheme said: “This has been a most important project and has generated good, interesting results. We will work with Torbay to ensure the project can continue and my office is now looking at the funding we have to see how we can supply breath boxes to other areas where we feel a similar scheme will be welcomed.

“I’m delighted to see that Plymouth has generated its own scheme so we will now look for other areas that are high on the list of places that are blighted by overindulgence in alcohol in the night-time economy and the culture of pre-loading.”

Dr Hannah Farrimond and Dr Katharine Boyde from the University of Exeter carried out an independent study of the scheme among members of the public and 79 percent of responders said it was a good idea.

“This has been a great opportunity to work in collaboration with Devon & Cornwall Police. We think the scheme has shown some promising results with regards to reducing alcohol related crime,” said Dr Farrimond.

Public opinion seems to support Mr Hogg’s hopes for a wider roll out with 78 per cent of those asked thinking the scheme should be expanded to other places.

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