Police & Crime

Western Hunt foxhounds case adjourned until December

By Peter Tremayne Charges against a master of foxhounds, whose dogs killed a pet cat in Cornwall earlier this year, have been adjourned until December. John Lanyon Sampson, 55,...

Cawsand’s army veteran Dennis Hutchings, 80, dies while on trial in Belfast for 1974 “legacy” killing in Northern Ireland

By Peter Tremayne An ex-soldier from Cornwall has died while on trial over a fatal shooting during the “dirty war” in Northern Ireland 47 years ago. Dennis Hutchings, 80,...

Trial of army veteran from Cornwall accused of 1974 killing in Northern Ireland is adjourned because of Covid

By Peter Tremayne The trial of Cornwall army veteran Dennis Hutchings over the 1974 killing of an unarmed civilian in Northern Ireland has been adjourned for three weeks after...

Death of 17-year-old Gillian Davey underlines why the dangers of Padstow’s Doom Bar need to be better appreciated, say marine accident investigators

By Peter Tremayne Marine accident investigators have made a number of recommendations after investigating the capsize of a motor cruiser in the Camel Estuary, off Padstow, last year.  A...

Navy says it is confident it had nothing to do with sinking French trawler off Cornwall’s coast in 2004

By Peter Tremayne Navy police ruled out any involvement by a British submarine in the sinking of a French trawler off Cornwall, 17 years ago, an inquest in London...

Trial of army veteran accused in connection with historic Northern Ireland killing could be drawing to a close

By Peter Tremayne The trial of former soldier Dennis Hutchings, from Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula, could be drawing to a close. Mr Hutchings, 80, is on trial at...

Trial of Dennis Hutchings to enter its second week tomorrow

By Peter Tremayne The trial of Dennis Hutchings, aged 80, from Cawsand on the Rame Peninsula, is due to resume tomorrow (Monday) at Belfast Crown Court. Mr Hutchings, a...

Misconduct notices issued as investigation into Plymouth mass shooting continues

By Peter Tremayne A civilian working for Devon and Cornwall police has been accused of gross misconduct over the way Jake Davison was granted a firearms certificate in 2017,...

Twenty is plenty, say councillors, looking to make lower speed limit the new normal in residential areas

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall councillors have backed a proposal which could see many more towns and villages embrace a 20 mph speed limit in residential areas. A pilot scheme...

Evidence against Cawsand pensioner accused of 1974 killing in Northern Ireland is “circumstantial” says prosecution but “sufficient for a charge of attempted murder”

By Peter Tremayne The trial of an 80-year-old Army veteran from Cornwall is due to resume tomorrow (Wednesday) as Belfast Crown Court continues to investigate the death of an...

Cawsand pensioner goes on trial in Belfast, accused of attempted murder 47 years ago

By Peter Tremayne An 80-year-old man from Cawsand in South East Cornwall has gone on trial at Belfast Crown Court accused of attempted murder. The high-profile prosecution, which has...

Kit Hill killers to be sentenced today following jury’s murder verdict

By Peter Tremayne Two men from South East Cornwall will be sentenced today (Wednesday) after being found guilty of murdering a 22-year-old in an arranged fight. Kristian Humphries, 31,...

Police condemn “biker trap” wire on woodland trail

By Peter Tremayne Police are trying to find out who was responsible for setting a life-threatening trap for mountain bikers in woods near Wadebridge. Someone tied a piece of...

Plymouth mass shooting probe will examine what lessons Devon and Cornwall police learned from previous incident in Durham

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are to explain what changes, if any, they made to the way they issue firearms’ certificates following a mass shooting in the...

Final written warning for Devon & Cornwall police officer who sent “grossly offensive” social media image

By Peter Tremayne The Devon and Cornwall police officer who sent a “grossly offensive” social media image relating to the murder of a black man in America has been...

Climate change “criminals” hand themselves in to the police at Camborne

Around 20 Extinction Rebellion climate protestors staged a demonstration outside Camborne police station yesterday (Friday).  They were “handing themselves in” to “confess” to “crimes” which they might have to...

Why did Devon and Cornwall police return gun licence to Plymouth mass killer? Independent Office for Police Conduct announces an inquiry

By Peter Tremayne The Independent Office for Police Conduct is to investigate why Devon and Cornwall police returned Jake Davison’s firearms certificate to him only one month before he...

Ministry of Defence inquiry report says “breach of protocol” contributed to marine’s death at Tregantle beach

By Peter Tremayne The Ministry of Defence has published a service inquiry report into the death of Royal Marines recruit Ethan Jones, who died on a training exercise at...

The lonely life and death of 22-year-old man who killed five in Plymouth before shooting himself

By Peter Tremayne The Plymouth gunman who killed five people before shooting himself was 22-year-old Jake Davison, who recently shared videos of himself online in which he talked about...

Six killed in Plymouth shooting

By Peter Tremayne Six people have died in a shooting in Plymouth.  A gunman is thought to have shot himself after killing five others, including a child.  Police say...