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South West bolstered by 224 extra police officers

Authored by News Desk

Police forces across the South West have been bolstered by an additional 224 officers since the government launched its major recruitment drive in September 2019.

Since the start of the recruitment drive, a total of 4,336 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales as a direct result of the campaign.

Of the 224 additional officers in the South West, 98...

£1.2million extra government funding to crack down on burglary and theft in South West crime hotspots

Authored by Mary

Three police forces in the South West are to receive extra funding as part of the government’s £25million Safer Streets Fund – delivering on a key Conservative manifesto commitment.

Avon and Somerset will receive £400,000, Devon and Cornwall £546,781 and Dorset £266,357 – a total of £1,213,138.

The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the government’s concerted action to tackle...

Police warning after elderly woman scammed

Authored by News Desk

Police are investigating an incident which happened at a property on Coverdale Place in Manadon, Plymouth, after an elderly woman was victim to a scam.

The incident happened on Monday 19 February 2018 at around 2pm. A woman in her 80s received a call from a man who said he was a police officer and persuaded the lady to withdraw £4,000 from her bank.

The lady returned home with...

Devon & Cornwall Police launch sexting campaign

Authored by News Desk

Devon & Cornwall Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall (OPCC), have launched a campaign to educate young people under the age of 18 about the consequences of sexting.

Sexting is the term used for the sending or receiving of sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos which can be taken by a young person of themselves (i.e. a selfie), or...

Police appeal for witnesses to hate crime incident in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

Detectives investigating a hate crime incident in Plymouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward.

The incident happened at around 2.45pm on Tuesday 16 January at the top of Royal Parade by the pedestrian crossing on the church side.

The victim, a local man aged in his sixties, was surrounded by a group of six or seven young people who took his...

Police expand infrared lighting on Speed detection vans

Authored by News Desk

Devon and Cornwall Police have recently introduced Infrared ‘low Light’ camera technology within Plymouth and have now expanded their innovative equipment across the Force area.

The use of such use technology intends to reduce the amount of fatal and serious road traffic collisions on Devon and Cornwall roads.

Marcus Laine, Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety...

Over £30,000 raised by police force to benefit charities

Authored by News Desk

Over the last three years, officers and staff across Devon & Cornwall Police have participated in and organised fundraising activities which have benefitted both local and national charities.

The funds, now totalling over £30,000, were raised in a wide variety of ways, from the purchase of epaulettes, to charity bake sales and even a ‘guess the weight of the ferret’ competition....

Nearly 600 firearms handed in to police during amnesty

Authored by News Desk

Nearly 600 firearms were handed in to Devon and Cornwall Police during the firearms and ammunition surrender which ran from 13 – 26 November this year.

The campaign, instigated by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS), was supported by other forces around the country, including Dorset Police.

Items voluntarily surrendered at police enquiry offices across the...

Steer clear of alcohol and drugs if you’re driving this Christmas

Authored by News Desk

Throughout December Devon and Cornwall Police will be making sure that the region’s roads are a safe place for everyone.

The annual Christmas operation to stop people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, through awareness raising and rigorous enforcement, is under way.

Any drivers involved in a collision and any motorists whose driving may lead police to suspect...

Police hunt bogus charity collector

Authored by News Desk

Police are hunting for a bogus charity collector who stole money from an elderly blind woman in her Plymouth home.

The 79-year-old woman was visited at home in Leigham by a man claiming to be selling items on behalf of a charity for dyslexia.

He invited himself in and remained at her home for around 45 minutes, insisting that she buy household products which she did not need....

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