Police & Crime

Plans for Rock festival in doubt as council refuses licence

By Richard Whitehouse A new music, food and wellbeing festival has been refused a licence despite having sold hundreds of tickets. Porthilly Spirit festival was due to take place...

Police investigate South West UKIP candidate over “rape Tweet” comment

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating one of the South West candidates in the European elections over complaints that he has speculated about whether he might or might not...

Nearly 20,000 sign online petition calling for “justice” after dog thrown from cliffs near Falmouth

By Peter Tremayne Nearly 20,000 people have signed an online petition demanding “justice” for a dog that was thrown from cliffs near Falmouth last week.  The spaniel was not...

Organisers of Porthilly Spirit event say Rock festival will benefit local area

By Richard Whitehouse Cornwall councillors are due to meet tomorrow (Wednesday) to consider granting permission for a new music, food and wellbeing festival which has raised concerns about transport,...

Devon & Cornwall police fined for health and safety breaches, following death of man in custody

By Graham Smith Devon and Cornwall police have been fined £234,500 for health and safety breaches, after using a restraint belt around the face of a man in custody....

Padstow woman dies after ‘Obby ‘Oss incident

By Peter Tremayne A woman who was injured during Padstow’s ‘Obby ‘Oss celebrations on Wednesday (1st May) in Padstow has died. Laura Smallwood, 34, from Padstow, died yesterday (Saturday)...

Armed police hunt knifeman after disorder in St Blazey

By Peter Tremayne Armed police descended on St Blazey on Saturday afternoon (20th April), responding to reports that a knifeman was damaging a car and assaulting another man. Police...

Police to take no further action over “racist” leaflet distributed outside Conservative Party meeting

By Anne North Police investigating a racist leaflet distributed outside a Conservative Party meeting in Cornwall last year have decided to take no further action. The leaflet was distributed...

Police name boy, 9, killed by a dog at Cornish holiday camp

By Peter Tremayne Police have named Frankie Macritchie, aged 9, as the boy who was killed by a dog at a holiday park near Looe in the early hours...

Boy, 10, killed by dog at Cornish holiday park

By Peter Tremayne Police say they are continuing to investigate how a 10-year-old boy died after being attacked by a dog at a caravan park near Looe.  The incident...

Pro-Brexit “go slow” lorry drivers warned about their “inconsiderate” behaviour

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Police have threatened to prosecute motorists who staged a pro-Brexit “go slow” on the A30 in Cornwall. Protestors blocked both lanes of the A30 near Bodmin...

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...