Police & Crime

This is a case for the Yard: retired top cop called in to help sort out Devon and Cornwall police

By Harold Callahan Bernard Hogan-Howe, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 2011-2017, has been appointed to advise the Devon and Cornwall constabulary following its continuing dismal performance and poor...

We need more cash to deal with summer ASB, says Devon and Cornwall crime boss

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner has called for more government funds to help tackle the annual wave of anti-social behaviour associated with mass summer...

Whodunnit? Devon and Cornwall police still don’t really “get” crime, says King’s Inspectorate

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are still pretty hopeless when it comes to investigating crime, according to His Majesty’s Inspectorate. The force is still rated “inadequate” for...

Don’t look now: Barcelona protestors squirt water pistols and shout “tourists go home”

By Peter Tremayne Spain's growing confidence that tourism does more harm than good has moved up a gear with local residents in Barcelona using water pistols and shouting "tourists...

Newquay barn blaze: arson suspected

By Harold Callahan Police think a fire which destroyed a barn near Newquay yesterday (Wednesday) was started deliberately. Flames swept through a 20m x 30m building off Trencreek Road,...

Policing in the 21st century: Devon and Cornwall record two hate crimes against vegans

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police have recorded two “hate crimes” against vegans.  One was in 2021 and the other in 2023. The force has answered a Freedom...

Police release man pending investigation into woman’s death

By Harold Callahan A 75-year-old man from the Liskeard area has been bailed until September while police continue to investigate the death of a woman at Merrymeet on Saturday....

General Election 2024: Reform UK candidate assaulted in Falmouth

By Harold Callahan Steve Rubidge, the Reform UK Parliamentary candidate in Truro and Falmouth, is recovering after being assaulted. Mr Rubidge, 51, a train driver from Par, was attacked...

Who benefits from Boardmasters? Cornwall Council officers recommend a 24% increase in the size of the festival site

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Controversial plans to expand the Newquay Boardmasters festival have been recommended for approval by Cornwall Council officials. Public comments from local residents are overwhelmingly opposed to...

Motorcyclist killed in accident at Ladock

By Peter Tremayne A 57-year-old motorcyclist has been killed in collision with a car on the B3275 at Ladock. The accident happened yesterday (Monday) morning. The road was closed...

Four days later: the curious case of the Drakewalls explosion

By Harold Callahan The mystery over an explosion at Drakewalls, near Gunnislake, on Sunday has deepened after police said they had arrested a man in connection with the incident...

Mind how you go: Tunes In The Dunes to feature the police (the constables, not the band)

By Harold Callahan Police are warning would-be revellers at Perranporth’s “Tunes In The Dunes” festival to make sure they don’t try to drive while under the influence of drink...

Spoiler alert: not everyone cared deeply about last week’s Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Julia Penhaligon Nearly one voter in every hundred in Cornwall spoiled their ballot paper in Thursday’s Police and Crime Commissioner election. Official figures show that 801 out of...

Tories hold Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner post thanks to split vote

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Reports understands that the Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner election result, to be announced shortly, will confirm that Alison Hernandez has won with...

Sex attack at Truro Cathedral

By Harold Callahan Police have appealed for information about a serious sex attack in the grounds of Truro Cathedral. The attack happened more than a month ago - late...

Police & Crime Commissioner election will offer clues as to who is likely to run Cornwall Council next year

By Julia Penhaligon Polling stations are open from 7am-10pm tomorrow (Thursday) to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. Conservative Alison Hernandez is defending the role...

Vandals force closure of Cremyll Quay toilets

By Harold Callahan Managers at the Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, South East Cornwall, have closed the Cremyll Quay toilets from 5pm daily due to vandalism. The park,...

Boy, 5, killed in road accident

By Harold Callahan A five-year-old boy has been killed in a road traffic accident on the A390 at Penpillick Hill near Par. It happened shortly before 5pm yesterday (Thursday.) ...

Election blues: polling station staff advised to bring plenty of reading material for what is likely to be a very slow day on Thursday

By Harold Callahan One of the most tedious elections in modern times staggers to the polling stations next week as Devon and Cornwall votes for someone to be the...

Inquest gets underway into death of Falmouth aid worker killed by IDF in Gaza

By Harold Callahan The Falmouth aid worker James Henderson, 33, killed by the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza, died from blast injuries. An inquest into Mr Henderson’s death has...

Pot holes, dog mess and broken street lights are so last century, as councillors queue up for a day of diversity training

By Julia Penhaligon The 87 members of Cornwall Council are said to be getting very excited about an all-day training session on Wednesday (24th April) which will teach them...

Snare kills cat in Saltash

By Harold Callahan A cat has died after being caught in a snare at Saltash. The animal was found hanging from a tree by a member of the public....

Much ado about nothing, as council closes public gallery “just in case” of another Gaza protest

By Harold Callahan Cornwall Council closed the public gallery at County Hall yesterday (Tuesday) after mistakenly believing there would be disruptive protests. Council chiefs also alerted the police and...

Police seize XL Bully dog after girl attacked in Falmouth

By Harold Callahan Police are investigating an incident in which a child was bitten by a dog in Falmouth. The girl suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance...

Bodmin murderer jailed for 28 years after stabbing rugby player outside nightclub

By Harold Callahan A 25-year-old man who murdered Michael Riddiough-Allen and injured four other people in a knife rampage outside a Bodmin nightclub has been jailed for a minimum...

Police and Crime Commissioner election will be a three-horse race

By Julia Penhaligon The Labour Party has confirmed that its candidate in the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election will be Daniel Steel. There are no candidates...

Would you like to run the Devon and Cornwall police? Mind how you go…

By Harold Callahan Anyone hoping to become the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, salary £88,600, has until 4pm this afternoon (Friday) to submit a nomination. Candidates will...

Bodmin nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Rashleigh MacFarlane A Bodmin cocktail bar has upset some of its neighbours by seeking to stay open until 1am. The MK Lounge Bar, in Omaha Road, is currently...

Vandalised speed cameras: police say suspects remain “under investigation”

By Harold Callahan Police have still not made a decision about whether to bring criminal charges against any of the three men arrested in connection with the vandalism of...

Labour Party has only six working days to find Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Devon and Cornwall

By Graham Smith There is much head-scratching among Cornwall’s Labour Party activists over the Police and Crime Commissioner election scheduled for 2nd May. As voters across Cornwall receive their...

Crime pays in Cornwall

By Harold Callahan More than half of all burglars in Cornwall got away with it last year, according to a Devon and Cornwall police Freedom of Information answer. In...

You’ve got to be in it to win it: Liberal Democrats select candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Harold Callahan The Liberal Democrats have selected Steve Lodge as their Devon and Cornwall candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on 2nd May. He will challenge...

Bodmin stabbing: Jake Hill, 25, found guilty of murder

By Harold Callahan Jake Hill, 25, has been found guilty of murdering Michael Riddiough-Allen outside a Bodmin nightclub last year. The Truro Crown Court jury returned its verdict after...

Bodmin murder trial draws to a close

By Harold Callahan The trial of a man accused of murdering rugby player Michael Riddiough-Allen, 32, outside a Bodmin nightclub last year is drawing to a close. A Truro...

Welcome to St Austell – you’re nicked

Police later confirmed that two men were arrested in connection with the suspected theft of a car in Bugle.  Police used Tasers to help with the arrests. Community policing...

Puzzle over “bomb” on beach near Bude

By Harold Callahan Explosives experts are on their way to Widemouth, near Bude, after reports of an unexploded bomb on the beach. What could be a World War 2...

Going underground: second rescue from old mine shaft in three weeks

By Harold Callahan A man has been rescued after getting trapped in a mineshaft at Twelveheads, near St Day. The West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team (WCSAR) was called...

WW2 bomb found in Plymouth to be detonated at sea (we hope)

By Harold Callahan An unexploded Second World War bomb found in a garden at Keyham, Plymouth will be driven through the city in a military convoy and detonated at...

Devon and Cornwall police accused of “systemic misogyny”

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are under a new investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after facing accusations from several women about “systemic misogyny” and...

That’s the way the money goes: the bills come in for the Old Bill

By Harold Callahan It cost taxpayers £159,923 to send 49 Devon and Cornwall police officers to London for the King’s Coronation last year. A number of anti-monarchy campaigners were...

Police hunt Boardmasters rapists

By Harold Callahan Police have said a teenage girl was raped at the Newquay Boardmasters festival in August 2022. Detectives have now have issued an e-fit image as part...

Government’s failure to consider beach safety during Covid contributed to deaths, says coroner

By Harold Callahan Cornwall’s senior coroner Andrew Cox has called on the government to learn lessons from how its chaotic administration of Covid lockdown rules contributed to the deaths...

Cornwall records its highest ever level of drug deaths

By Lee Trewhela Concerns have been raised after Cornwall recorded its highest ever level of drug deaths, a figure which is likely to increase again. A Cornwall Council meeting...

Safety first: Cornwall councillors given new advice on tackling abuse, harassment and intimidation

By Graham Smith Cornwall councillors have been given a 45-page briefing document advising how they can deal with abuse and harassment. Some aspects of the document portray life as...

Hello hello hello: have you got any drawing pins? Devon and Cornwall police in dawn raid on pensioner’s home after pro-Palestinian protest

By Harold Callahan A remarkable video has surfaced on social media showing how Devon and Cornwall police raided the home of a Cornish pensioner after she protested against Israel’s...

Truro aid worker was unlawfully killed while helping civilians in Ukraine, says coroner

By Peter Tremayne Truro humanitarian aid volunteer Christopher Parry was unlawfully killed in Ukraine, a coroner has ruled. Mr Parry, 28, died in January 2023 from gunshot wounds to the head...

Debate not hate: Cornwall councillors again call for more action to combat abuse and harassment

By Lee Trewhela Councillors of all political parties in Cornwall have again spoken out about abuse and threats. A County Hall debate yesterday (Tuesday) follows a survey 18 months...

Labour and Lib Dems say they will field candidates for Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election

By Harold Callahan The Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have finally started their search for candidates to challenge Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez at an...

The long view: St Keverne’s former sub-postmistress finally in line for compensation over Horizon IT scandal

By Julia Penhaligon The former sub-postmistress of St Keverne Post Office, Susan Knight, met St Ives Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew George this morning (Thursday) – more than ten years...

Devon and Cornwall police still struggling to answer the phone, but are getting better at sex and violence

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police have improved the way they handle violent and sexual offenders. The “violent and sexual” category was one of the metrics which led...

Who chopped down Cornwall’s speed cameras? Police arrest two men

By Harold Callahan Police investigating criminal damage to speed cameras in Cornwall have made two arrests. Two men in their 30s, one from the Falmouth area and one from...

Would you like to be Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner? You’d better hurry – nominations close in April

By Harold Callahan Opposition parties in Devon and Cornwall are trying to decide who might challenge Conservative Alison Hernandez for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner at an...

Police constable claimed she was sick so she could attend a wedding

By Harold Callahan A former police constable who last year won praise for her role at an emergency incident in East Cornwall has been found guilty of “gross misconduct”...

More speed cameras vandalised in Cornwall

By Harold Callahan Speed cameras on the A390 in Tregolls Road, Truro, have been vandalised overnight. The cameras were upgraded in 2022 in a bid to cut speeds from...

Farmer gets suspended prison sentence and livestock ban

By Harold Callahan A North Cornwall farmer has been handed a suspended prison sentence, ordered to pay more than £6,000 in fines and costs and banned from keeping pigs,...

2023: the year of the nuisance party?

By Harold Callahan The junction between the A39 and the A395 is back to normal today (Thursday) after police diverted traffic because of what they called an “illegal rave”...

Teenagers arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston released on bail

By Harold Callahan A 19-year old man and a 19-year old woman who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston on Christmas Eve have been released on...

Police say North Cornwall rave is “unacceptable”

By Harold Callahan Police claim to be “dealing with an illegal rave in the Camelford area.”  They appear to have closed the main A39 road to prevent access onto...

St Austell nightclub seeks to stay open later

By Harold Callahan A St Austell nightclub is seeking to remain open for 30-60 minutes later, with a licencing application which could test Cornwall Council’s new policy of switching...

Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Helston

By Harold Callahan Two people are in police custody following a serious assault in Helston on Christmas Even. Police were notified just before 3am on Sunday 24th December to...

Boxing Day: a good day for Fantastic Mr Fox to stay at home

By Julia Penhaligon At least four fox hunts – and hunt saboteurs – will be out across Cornwall for their traditional Boxing Day confrontations. According to the Countryside Alliance,...

It happens – and it costs £1,514 in fines and costs

By Harold Callahan A woman has been ordered to pay £1,514 in fines and costs after being found guilty of allowing her dog to foul and not clearing up...

Suspension of Devon and Cornwall’s chief constable now in its sixth month

By Harold Callahan The suspension of Devon and Cornwall’s chief constable looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. Will Kerr, whose annual salary is around £185,000, was suspended...

Perch garage murders: judgement day

By Harold Callahan Judgement is expected tomorrow (Thursday) in the case of two brothers who have  spent 20 years in prison for one of Cornwall’s most notorious murders. Lee...

Policeman sacked after drink-driving conviction

By Harold Callahan A Devon and Cornwall policeman has been sacked following a conviction for drink-driving. Former constable Paul Woodward was arrested in March after being involved in an...

Six months later: brothers jailed for 2003 Perch garage murders await judgement

By Harold Callahan Two men serving life prison sentences for the murders of a Wadebridge garage couple in 2003 are hoping they might be released before Christmas. Three Appeal...

Restaurant fined for “filthy and rancid” conditions

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The owner of the Amity Tandoori, Redruth, has been fined £14,000 after a series of food inspections found the premises to be “filthy and rancid.” Sultan...

South West Water has done more court time than Ronnie and Reggie, says councillor

By Lee Trewhela A Cornwall councillor made a jibe about South West Water being in court “more times than the Krays” over sewage discharges when a full meeting of...

Give peace a chance: Truro protest tomorrow as calls grow for a ceasefire in Palestine

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Devon and Cornwall police found themselves confronted by Far Right yobs on streets of London

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police were among more than 3,000 officers involved in yesterday’s (Saturday) protests in London.   They helped support 2,000 Metropolitan Police tasked initially...

Pavement politics and Palestine: Newquay joins the chorus of protest

By Graham Smith The number of demonstrations in Cornwall against the war in Palestine continues to grow, with another due to be held in Newquay this afternoon (Sunday.) A...

Teenager has “life threatening” injuries after A39 crash at Trispen

By Harold Callahan An 18-year-old man has been seriously hurt in a six-car pile-up on the A39 at Trispen, near Truro, yesterday (Sunday.) The accident happened at a time...

Isles of Scilly pub goes on the market: £2 million buys The Mermaid

By Harold Callahan The Mermaid Inn, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, is for sale with a guide price of around £2 million.  The Victorian-era building, one of the first...

Landowners “illegally” blocking public rights of way

By Lee Trewhela Cornwall has more than 2,700 miles of public rights of way but hundreds of paths across the Duchy are being illegally blocked by landowners. One woman...

Pony dies in South East Cornwall traffic accident

By Harold Callahan Two men have been seriously injured, and a pony has died, in a road traffic accident near Dobwalls. It happened on Wednesday evening (18th October) when...

Crime in Cornwall: there’s good news and bad news

By Harold Callahan Devon and Cornwall police are celebrating after resuming top spot in the country for the lowest rate of recorded crime.  The force climbed above Wiltshire and...

EXCLUSIVE: Councillor investigated over alleged conduct with young people

By Graham Smith A serving Cornwall councillor has been investigated over alleged inappropriate behaviour with young people. Cornwall Reports is not naming the councillor for legal reasons although the...

Mind your language when talking about Israel, County Hall warns councillors

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council has a definition of anti-Semitism which critics say stifles criticism of Israel and prevents elected local politicians from speaking out about the war in...

Speed cameras cut down at notorious accident blackspot

By Peter Tremayne Vandals have cut down speed cameras installed recently on one of Cornwall’s most dangerous roads. The average speed cameras, on the A39 at Perranarworthal, between Truro...

Callington shop breached fire safety rules

By Peter Tremayne A Chinese takeaway shop with associated staff accommodation has been ordered to pay £37,000 in fines and court costs following fire safety breaches. In January 2023,...

Police constables under criminal investigation following man’s death

By Peter Tremayne Two Devon and Cornwall police constables are under criminal investigation for any role they might have played in the death of a man during or following...

Russell Brand show planned for Plymouth on Friday is now postponed

By Peter Tremayne The promoters of comedian Russell Brand’s scheduled performance in Plymouth on Friday have postponed the event, following allegations of serious sex crimes. A statement on the...

Plymouth Pavilions ponders Friday’s Russell Brand show as politicians have their say about sex claims

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Pressure is growing on the Plymouth Pavilions venue to cancel Friday’s scheduled performance by comedian Russell Brand, following allegations against him in the Sunday Times and...

Cornwall’s fire and rescue service still needs improvement, says Inspector

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall’s fire and rescue service has been given 28 days to tell His Majesty’s Inspector how it will deal with concerns over fairness and diversity. Describing...

Newquay’s Royal British Legion club closes

By Lee Trewhela Former committee members of the Royal British Legion club in Newquay say they are devastated by its closure after bailiffs were called in last week. The...

Three hurt in Torpoint stabbings

By Peter Tremayne Three people are recovering after a stabbing incident at Torpoint yesterday (Sunday.) Police say a teenage boy and a man in his 70s were taken to...

Emergency ambulance gets parking ticket in St Ives

By Lee Trewhela A traffic warden who slapped a parking ticket on an ambulance attending an emergency in Cornwall this week has been dubbed a “plonker.”  Other residents have...

The Tyre Extinguishers leave big car motorists feeling a bit let down

By Peter Tremayne Police in Cornwall are investigating “multiple reports” of people letting down the tyres of large cars in tourist hotspots like Falmouth and St Mawes. About 80...

Bodmin man sent to secure mental hospital after threatening staff at office of local MP

By Peter Tremayne A judge has sent Ian Rogerson, 44, of Bodmin, to a secure psychiatric hospital after hearing how he entered the constituency office of North Cornwall MP...

Man dies in sea incident at Cawsand

By Peter Tremayne Police have confirmed that a man in his 80s has died after being recovered from the sea off Cawsands. It follows an incident yesterday (Monday) at...

Health boss who left Chester hospital when killer nurse was arrested then got top job in Cornwall

By Lee Trewhela The former NHS chief executive at the centre of concerns that hospital bosses ignored warnings about serial killer Lucy Letby was briefly in charge of Cornwall’s...

Police hunt man in connection with Newquay sex attack

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating a report of a serious sexual assault in Newquay.  An 18-year-old woman was attacked on Towan Beach between 1.45am and 2.20am on Sunday...

It’s the real thing – cocaine worth £100,000 found on beach near Bude

By Peter Tremayne Bude police are trying to find the owner of a parcel found on Upton beach and handed in to their local station on Monday. The package...

Motorcylist dies in collision with lorry

By Peter Tremayne A 39-year-old man has died following an accident near St Austell. It happened yesterday (Tuesday) morning on the B3274 between Roche and Stenalees.  It involved a...

Boy, 5, dies at Newquay holiday park

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating the death of a five-year-old boy at a holiday park in Newquay on Monday. A police statement said:  "Police were informed by the ambulance...

Bibby Stockholm refugee barge is still empty, having left Cornwall without necessary paperwork

By Peter Tremayne The Bibby Stockholm refugee barge, which spent more than two months in Falmouth for refit and repairs before continuing to Portland, has still not seen her...

The rising cost of rural crime

By Peter Tremayne Rural crime is on the increase, according to the latest survey by NFU Mutual insurers. Theft in rural parts of Devon and Cornwall cost the farming...

Man died in Truro fire, say police

By Peter Tremayne Police have confirmed that a man in his 60s died in last week’s fire at flats in central Truro. Officers say the fire happened in a...

Boer war memorial damaged by vandals in Penzance

By Peter Tremayne Police are investigating criminal damage at the war memorial in Morrab Gardens, Penzance. The Grade 2-listed memorial to local men who died during the Boer war...

Why did it take four months for Police and Crime Commissioner to suspend chief constable accused of serious sexual assault?

By Peter Tremayne Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alison Hernandez, has defended the four-month delay in suspending chief constable Will Kerr following allegations of serious sexual assault....