Police & Crime

Devon and Cornwall police spent more than £800,000 last year to patrol badger cull zones

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Devon and Cornwall police spent more than any other force last year to ensure the safe operation of the government’s badger culling. The costs are met...

Police struggle to identify a suspect in nearly a fifth of reported hate crime

By Peter Tremayne More than a fifth of hate crimes investigated by Devon and Cornwall police last year failed to identify a suspect, according to new Home Office statistics....

Police in Cornwall section one person per day under the Mental Health Act

By Richard Whitehouse New figures show that police in Cornwall had to section one person every day, under the Mental Health Act,  in 2018. Of the 365 people sectioned...

Policies made in haste are probably best not shared on Twitter

By Graham Smith North Cornwall MP Scott Mann found himself the subject of considerable social media derision yesterday (Thursday) when he suggested that knife crime could be tackled by...

Abandoned police merger cost £380,000 – including £190,000 for consultants

By Julia Penhaligon Police have confirmed that they spent nearly £380,000 trying to merge the Devon and Cornwall constabulary with that of Dorset. The botched merger was finally abandoned...

New report reveals 34% increase in fatal and serious road traffic accidents in Cornwall over four years

By Rashleigh MacFarlane There has been a dramatic increase in the number of serious road traffic accidents in Cornwall over the past four years. Figures prepared by Cornwall Council...

Devon & Cornwall police provide more detail on Brexit-related incidents

By Graham Smith Devon and Cornwall police had to deal with 11 “incidents” last year specifically related to Brexit, according to official data.  Three of the incidents were recorded...

Police & Crime Commissioner caught speeding

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has been caught speeding. Ms Hernandez announced on Twitter that she had been caught by a speed...

Cornwall’s fire chiefs hit back after Her Majesty’s Inspector labels service “inadequate”

By Peter Tremayne A bitter war of words has broken out between Cornwall Council and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for fire and rescue services, after the HMICFRS labelled Cornwall’s service...

Cornwall awaits HM Inspectorate report on fire and rescue services

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is bracing itself for what is expected to be a critical HM Inspectorate report on the county’s fire service.  The report is due to...

All six of Cornwall’s MPs voted to legalise .50 cal sniper rifles, which can puncture armour more than a mile away

3rd December 2018 By Peter Tremayne All six of Cornwall’s MPs have voted in favour of allowing military-grade 0.50 cal weapons to be used by shooting enthusiasts.  One of...

Devon & Cornwall’s Local Resilience Forum prepares for a raised public profile, as prospects of a “No Deal” Brexit loom

26th November 2018 By Julia Penhaligon Emergency planners are due to meet next week to consider their response to a “no deal” Brexit, which is expected to bring chaos...

Cornwall’s vanishing police stations

22nd October 2018 By Anne North Police stations in Cornwall are rapidly disappearing, as the Police & Crime Commissioner sells them to private developers.  At least nine police stations...

Tories re-select Alison Hernandez to contest 2020 Police & Crime Commissioner election

21st October 2018 By Peter Tremayne Alison Hernandez has been reselected as the Conservative Party’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of...

Exeter prison: little progress over the past 20 years

9th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne At least 11 men have died at Exeter prison in the past 22 months, according to the Howard League for Penal Reform. The...

Merger of police forces collapses amid “political” recriminations

7th October 2018 By Peter Tremayne The proposed merger between Devon & Cornwall Police, and the Dorset Constabulary, is off. The idea collapsed on Friday when the Devon &...

Police merger “would save £70 million” – but Devon & Cornwall PCC rejects business case, as talks reach crisis point

3rd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse The business case for merging Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police claims that it could save £70 million. Plans to merge the...

Police documents reveal “no need to ask Cornwall” as merger approaches crunch meeting

2nd October 2018 By Richard Whitehouse Police trying to encourage people to support a merger between Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police carried out far less consultation in...

Big increase in fatal road traffic accidents in Devon and Cornwall

2nd October 2018 By Ed Oldfield The number of fatal accidents on Devon and Cornwall's roads has nearly doubled in recent years, according to a new report. Between August...

PCC awards cash for Cornish anti-social behaviour schemes

2nd October 2018 By Ed Oldfield Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has announced the community schemes which will benefit from a fund designed to help...