Author: Harold Callahan

Whodunnit? Devon and Cornwall police still don’t really “get” crime, says King’s Inspectorate

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are still pretty hopeless when it comes to investigating crime, according to His Majesty’s Inspectorate. The force is still rated “inadequate” for...

Newquay barn blaze: arson suspected

By Harold Callahan Police think a fire which destroyed a barn near Newquay yesterday (Wednesday) was started deliberately. Flames swept through a 20m x 30m building off Trencreek Road,...

Policing in the 21st century: Devon and Cornwall record two hate crimes against vegans

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police have recorded two “hate crimes” against vegans.  One was in 2021 and the other in 2023. The force has answered a Freedom...

Police release man pending investigation into woman’s death

By Harold Callahan A 75-year-old man from the Liskeard area has been bailed until September while police continue to investigate the death of a woman at Merrymeet on Saturday....

General Election 2024: Reform UK candidate assaulted in Falmouth

By Harold Callahan Steve Rubidge, the Reform UK Parliamentary candidate in Truro and Falmouth, is recovering after being assaulted. Mr Rubidge, 51, a train driver from Par, was attacked...

Four days later: the curious case of the Drakewalls explosion

By Harold Callahan The mystery over an explosion at Drakewalls, near Gunnislake, on Sunday has deepened after police said they had arrested a man in connection with the incident...

Mind how you go: Tunes In The Dunes to feature the police (the constables, not the band)

By Harold Callahan Police are warning would-be revellers at Perranporth’s “Tunes In The Dunes” festival to make sure they don’t try to drive while under the influence of drink...

Sex attack at Truro Cathedral

By Harold Callahan Police have appealed for information about a serious sex attack in the grounds of Truro Cathedral. The attack happened more than a month ago - late...

Vandals force closure of Cremyll Quay toilets

By Harold Callahan Managers at the Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, South East Cornwall, have closed the Cremyll Quay toilets from 5pm daily due to vandalism. The park,...

Fatal accident closed A38 near Bodmin

By Harold Callahan One person has died and four others have been badly hurt in a car crash on the A38 in the Glynn Valley between Bodmin Parkway railway...

Boy, 5, killed in road accident

By Harold Callahan A five-year-old boy has been killed in a road traffic accident on the A390 at Penpillick Hill near Par. It happened shortly before 5pm yesterday (Thursday.) ...

Election blues: polling station staff advised to bring plenty of reading material for what is likely to be a very slow day on Thursday

By Harold Callahan One of the most tedious elections in modern times staggers to the polling stations next week as Devon and Cornwall votes for someone to be the...

Inquest gets underway into death of Falmouth aid worker killed by IDF in Gaza

By Harold Callahan The Falmouth aid worker James Henderson, 33, killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza, died from blast injuries. An inquest into Mr Henderson’s death has...

Snare kills cat in Saltash

By Harold Callahan A cat has died after being caught in a snare at Saltash. The animal was found hanging from a tree by a member of the public....

Much ado about nothing, as council closes public gallery “just in case” of another Gaza protest

By Harold Callahan Cornwall Council closed the public gallery at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) after mistakenly believing there would be disruptive protests. Council chiefs also alerted the police and...

South West Water in court, facing 30 charges of illegal sewage dumping

By Harold Callahan South West Water has appeared before Plymouth magistrates’ court today (Wednesday) to face 30 charges relating to illegal water discharge activities and breaches of environmental permits....

Police seize XL Bully dog after girl attacked in Falmouth

By Harold Callahan Police are investigating an incident in which a child was bitten by a dog in Falmouth. The girl suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance...

Bodmin murderer jailed for 28 years after stabbing rugby player outside nightclub

By Harold Callahan A 25-year-old man who murdered Michael Riddiough-Allen and injured four other people in a knife rampage outside a Bodmin nightclub has been jailed for a minimum...

Would you like to run the Devon and Cornwall police? Mind how you go…

By Harold Callahan Anyone hoping to become the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, salary £88,600, has until 4pm this afternoon (Friday) to submit a nomination. Candidates will...

Vandalised speed cameras: police say suspects remain “under investigation”

By Harold Callahan Police have still not made a decision about whether to bring criminal charges against any of the three men arrested in connection with the vandalism of...

Falmouth aid worker among those killed by Israeli air strike in Gaza

By Harold Callahan One of the aid workers killed by Israel in Gaza was from Falmouth. Former Royal Marine James Henderson, 33, was one of seven volunteers with World...

Crime pays in Cornwall

By Harold Callahan More than half of all burglars in Cornwall got away with it last year, according to a Devon and Cornwall police Freedom of Information answer. In...

You’ve got to be in it to win it: Liberal Democrats select candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Harold Callahan The Liberal Democrats have selected Steve Lodge as their Devon and Cornwall candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 2nd May. He will challenge...

Bodmin stabbing: Jake Hill, 25, found guilty of murder

By Harold Callahan Jake Hill, 25, has been found guilty of murdering Michael Riddiough-Allen outside a Bodmin nightclub last year. The Truro Crown Court jury returned its verdict after...

Bodmin murder trial draws to a close

By Harold Callahan The trial of a man accused of murdering rugby player Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32, outside a Bodmin nightclub last year is drawing to a close. A Truro...

Welcome to St Austell – you’re nicked

Police later confirmed that two men were arrested in connection with the suspected theft of a car in Bugle.  Police used Tasers to help with the arrests. Community policing...

Clampdown on gig rowing in the dark at Fowey

By Harold Callahan Fowey harbour master has suspended gig rowing outside the hours of sunrise to sunset. Cornwall Reports understands the move is in response to a recent accident....

Puzzle over “bomb” on beach near Bude

By Harold Callahan Explosives experts are on their way to Widemouth, near Bude, after reports of an unexploded bomb on the beach. What could be a World War 2...

Lanivet chemical spill worries locals

By Harold Callahan Villagers at Lanivet, near Bodmin, are keen to find out more about an accident yesterday (Wednesday) which appears to have spilled a chemical into the environment....

Beer festival celebrates the long, relentless march of craft ales

By Harold Callahan A beer festival at Perranporth plans to offer some pints of ale for only £1.99 during a 12-day event next month.  A pint of beer in...

Going underground: second rescue from old mine shaft in three weeks

By Harold Callahan A man has been rescued after getting trapped in a mineshaft at Twelveheads, near St Day. The West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (WCSAR) was called...

WW2 bomb found in Plymouth to be detonated at sea (we hope)

By Harold Callahan An unexploded Second World War bomb found in a garden at Keyham, Plymouth will be driven through the city in a military convoy and detonated at...

Devon and Cornwall police accused of “systemic misogyny”

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are under a new investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after facing accusations from several women about “systemic misogyny” and...

That’s the way the money goes: the bills come in for the Old Bill

By Harold Callahan It cost taxpayers £159,923 to send 49 Devon and Cornwall police officers to London for the King’s Coronation last year. A number of anti-monarchy campaigners were...

Police hunt Boardmasters rapists

By Harold Callahan Police have said a teenage girl was raped at the Newquay Boardmasters festival in August 2022. Detectives have now have issued an e-fit image as part...

Government’s failure to consider beach safety during Covid contributed to deaths, says coroner

By Harold Callahan Cornwall’s senior coroner Andrew Cox has called on the government to learn lessons from how its chaotic administration of Covid lockdown rules contributed to the deaths...

Hello hello hello: have you got any drawing pins? Devon and Cornwall police in dawn raid on pensioner’s home after pro-Palestinian protest

By Harold Callahan A remarkable video has surfaced on social media showing how Devon and Cornwall police raided the home of a Cornish pensioner after she protested against Israel’s...

Labour and Lib Dems say they will field candidates for Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Harold Callahan The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have finally started their search for candidates to challenge Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez at an...

Devon and Cornwall police still struggling to answer the phone, but are getting better at sex and violence

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police have improved the way they handle violent and sexual offenders. The “violent and sexual” category was one of the metrics which led...

Who chopped down Cornwall’s speed cameras? Police arrest two men

By Harold Callahan Police investigating criminal damage to speed cameras in Cornwall have made two arrests. Two men in their 30s, one from the Falmouth area and one from...

Would you like to be Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner? You’d better hurry – nominations close in April

By Harold Callahan Opposition parties in Devon and Cornwall are trying to decide who might challenge Conservative Alison Hernandez for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner at an...

More speed cameras vandalised in Cornwall

By Harold Callahan Speed cameras on the A390 in Tregolls Road, Truro, have been vandalised overnight. The cameras were upgraded in 2022 in a bid to cut speeds from...

Pedestrian killed in St Ives traffic accident

By Harold Callahan A man in his 70s has died after being hit by a car in St Ives. Devon & Cornwall Police say the driver has been arrested...

St Austell nightclub can stay open until 3am

By Harold Callahan Cornwall councillors have granted a request from The Club, High Cross Street, St Austell, to extend its opening hours until 3am on some nights of the...

Farmer gets suspended prison sentence and livestock ban

By Harold Callahan A North Cornwall farmer has been handed a suspended prison sentence, ordered to pay more than £6,000 in fines and costs and banned from keeping pigs,...

2023: the year of the nuisance party?

By Harold Callahan The junction between the A39 and the A395 is back to normal today (Thursday) after police diverted traffic because of what they called an “illegal rave”...

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston released on bail

By Harold Callahan A 19-year old man and a 19-year old woman who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston on Christmas Eve have been released on...

Police say North Cornwall rave is “unacceptable”

By Harold Callahan Police claim to be “dealing with an illegal rave in the Camelford area.”  They appear to have closed the main A39 road to prevent access onto...

St Austell nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Harold Callahan A St Austell nightclub is seeking to remain open for 30-60 minutes later, with a licencing application which could test Cornwall Council’s new policy of switching...

Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston

By Harold Callahan Two people are in police custody following a serious assault in Helston on Christmas Even. Police were notified just before 3am on Sunday 24th December to...

It happens – and it costs £1,514 in fines and costs

By Harold Callahan A woman has been ordered to pay £1,514 in fines and costs after being found guilty of allowing her dog to foul and not clearing up...

Suspension of Devon and Cornwall’s chief constable now in its sixth month

By Harold Callahan The suspension of Devon and Cornwall’s chief constable looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Will Kerr, whose annual salary is around £185,000, was suspended...

Perch garage murders: judgement day

By Harold Callahan Judgement is expected tomorrow (Thursday) in the case of two brothers who have  spent 20 years in prison for one of Cornwall’s most notorious murders. Lee...

Policeman sacked after drink-driving conviction

By Harold Callahan A Devon and Cornwall policeman has been sacked following a conviction for drink-driving. Former constable Paul Woodward was arrested in March after being involved in an...

Six months later: brothers jailed for 2003 Perch garage murders await judgement

By Harold Callahan Two men serving life prison sentences for the murders of a Wadebridge garage couple in 2003 are hoping they might be released before Christmas. Three Appeal...

South West Water has done more court time than Ronnie and Reggie, says councillor

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor made a jibe about South West Water being in court “more times than the Krays” over sewage discharges when a full meeting of...

Devon and Cornwall police found themselves confronted by Far Right yobs on streets of London

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police were among more than 3,000 officers involved in yesterday’s (Saturday) protests in London.   They helped support 2,000 Metropolitan Police tasked initially...

Teenager has “life threatening” injuries after A39 crash at Trispen

By Harold Callahan An 18-year-old man has been seriously hurt in a six-car pile-up on the A39 at Trispen, near Truro, yesterday (Sunday.) The accident happened at a time...

Isles of Scilly pub goes on the market: £2 million buys The Mermaid

By Harold Callahan The Mermaid Inn, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, is for sale with a guide price of around £2 million.  The Victorian-era building, one of the first...

Pony dies in South East Cornwall traffic accident

By Harold Callahan Two men have been seriously injured, and a pony has died, in a road traffic accident near Dobwalls. It happened on Wednesday evening (18th October) when...