Police & Crime

108 cases of sheep rustling in Devon & Cornwall in four years, but police have only one suspect

By Daniel Clark Thousands of sheep have been stolen across Devon and Cornwall since 2014 – but in only one crime has a suspected been identified. Between 2014 and...

Steep rise in police use of armed officers in Devon & Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne New Home Office statistics show that Devon and Cornwall police are deploying armed officers more frequently than ever before.  Last year the force carried out 320...

Why you should keep your eyes on the road when you drive on the A30 at Launceston

By Daniel Clark A layby on the A30 near Launceston is a “dogging hotspot” according to a Devon and Cornwall police Freedom of Information answer. There were 17 instances...

Police appeal for witnesses after tragic end to St Teath carnival

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating what they describe as the “unexplained” death of a 31-year-old local man whose body was found on the B3267 road at St Teath...

Increase in local motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph

By Peter Tremayne The number of motorists caught speeding at more than 100 mph in Devon and Cornwall increased 14% last year. Research by the road safety campaign Brake...

Woman from Cornwall among those to face trial for climate change protest

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A 64-year-old woman from St Keverne is among those who will be facing a trial for alleged public order offences following the Extinction Rebellion climate change...

Armed police commandeer boat in response to woman’s threat to jump from Wadebridge by-pass

By Peter Tremayne Armed police commandeered a boat in Wadebridge yesterday (Thursday) to provide “back up” in case a woman at risk of jumping from the by-pass ended up...

After 16 years of festival fun, Port Eliot calls it a day

By Rashleigh MacFarlane This year’s Port Eliot festival will be the last.  Organisers have announced the event is no longer financially viable. The festival has been a part of...

“Illegal immigrant” arrested after falling from underneath lorry at Davidstow

By Peter Tremayne Border Force officials are preparing to question a man who fell from underneath a lorry as it drove through Davidstow, north Cornwall, last week.  The incident...

EXCLUSIVE: Huge rise in police attendances at Tamar Bridge “incidents” not matched by suicide statistics, suggesting that raising walkway barriers could actually increase deaths

By Peter Tremayne Freedom of Information statistics released by Devon and Cornwall police lend weight to the argument that raising walkway barriers on the Tamar Bridge could actually cause...

Man dies after being pulled from sea at Penzance

By Peter Tremayne A man has died after being pulled from the sea off Penzance Promenade.  He was taken to a slipway near the Jubilee Pool, and airlifted to...

Woman, 18, and man, 21, arrested in connection with Helston car fires

By Peter Tremayne Police have arrested an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man in connection with the arson attacks on several cars in Helston yesterday morning (Wednesday.) The pair...

No criminal charges after Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss death

By Peter Tremayne A coroner is to investigate the death of a woman who died at the Padstow ‘Obby ‘Oss festival on 1st May. Laura Smallwood, 34, from Padstow,...

Devon and Cornwall police charge only 1 in 7 for cannabis possession

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police are among the least likely to bring criminal charges against people arrested for possession of cannabis, according to a Freedom of Information...

Masked man arrested in Newquay for threatening people with knife

By Peter Tremayne Police in Newquay have arrested a man wearing a "Friday 13th"-style mask and brandishing a meat cleaver, who chased people in the seaside resort. It happened...

Summer tourists can double emergency calls in Devon and Cornwall, say police

By Julia Penhaligon Devon and Cornwall police have to cope with a huge influx of tourists, without additional Home Office funding, the Police and Crime Panel heard yesterday (Friday.) ...

Cornwall councillor Chris Batters is new chairman of the Police & Crime Panel

By Anne North Cornwall councillor Chris Batters, a former policeman, has been elected to chair the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel. Mr Batters, a Liberal Democrat councillor...

Police object to alcohol licence at Baby Bay, New Polzeath

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Police have again objected to a licensing application which seeks to sell alcohol at Baby Bay, Polzeath, during a charity surf event next month. Will Price,...

Two held after hit-and-run accident near Sticker

By Peter Tremayne Police are questioning two people after a 24-year-old man was left with serious head and chest injuries after a hit and run accident at Coliza Hill,...

Safer Cornwall campaign warns of “tombstoning” dangers

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Police and council officials have renewed their warning to young people about the dangers of “tombstoning” off Cornish coasts. Cornwall Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and...