Police & Crime

Man’s body found on a beach at Widmouth Bay, Bude

By Peter Tremayne Police searching for 23-year-old Ricky Gamage, who was reported missing from the Bude area on 28th December, have found the body of a man on a...

Vandals deface 5,000-year-old burial chamber in west Cornwall

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Archaeologists have been dismayed by vandalism to the Mulfra Quoit, a Neolithic dolmen between New Mill and Porthmeor in west Penwith.  Someone has painted “alien” figures...

Thieves steal 100 sheep in South East Cornwall

By Peter Tremayne Police are looking for 100 sheep stolen from farmland at Trerulefoot, near Liskeard.  The flock disappeared from a field sometime between Thursday and Monday. Police are...

Teenager arrested in connection with New Year Eve assault at St Ives

By Peter Tremayne A teenager has been arrested in connection with a serious assault that took place in St Ives in the early hours of New Year’s Day.  A...

Crunch meeting for Bodmin pub forced to close after claims of “fighting and urinating in the street”

By Richard Whitehouse A pub which was shut down by magistrates after complaints from the police about antisocial behaviour and disorder is set to have its licence reviewed. Freddies...

Man in critical condition after New Year’s Eve assault at St Ives

By Peter Tremayne Police are appealing for information following an assault in St Ives in the early hours of yesterday morning (Wednesday 1 January) which has left a man...

Sharp drop in the number of children arrested by Devon & Cornwall police

By Peter Tremayne There has been a dramatic fall in the numbers of children arrested by Devon and Cornwall police. Data compiled by the Howard League for Penal Reform...

Masked knifeman steals six-month-old puppy in St Austell

By Peter Tremayne St Austell police are appealing for information after a dog was stolen while being walked by its owner in Belmont Road. A masked man approached Catherine...

Cold callers cold shouldered in Carnon Downs

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Villagers at Carnon Downs, near Truro, have voted overwhelmingly to ban cold callers from their front doors in an effort to protect themselves from rogue tradesmen...

Ready for another one? Cornwall returns to the polls in only five months

By Anne North Voters will be asked to elect the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner on 7th May 2020. Conservative Alison Hernandez was elected in 2016 after...

Devon and Cornwall chief constable’s contract extended by a year

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall’s chief constable, Shaun Sawyer, is to stay in the job until at least February 2022, following the extension of his contract by a...

North Cornwall sheep farmer admits cruelty charges

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A prize-winning farmer has been fined and ordered to pay costs totally £6,184 for causing cruelty to his sheep. Samuel Rogers, 24, of Advent, near Camelford,...

Sharp rise in Devon & Cornwall “hate” crimes

By Peter Tremayne Home Office statistics reveal that Devon and Cornwall Police recorded 1,693 hate crimes in 2018-19, - up 15% from the previous year. Nearly two-thirds of reports...

Policing protests in London: what is the cost to Devon & Cornwall?

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall police have refused to say how many officers they have sent to London to help deal with the continuing Extinction Rebellion protests. Metropolitan...

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...