Almost 7,000 child abuse image crimes recorded in South West in five years leading to calls for stronger Online Safety Bill

Nearly 7,000 child abuse image crimes were recorded by police forces in the South West over the last five years, new NSPCC research reveals.

Results from Freedom of Information requests to UK police forces show the number of offences relating to possessing, taking, making, and distributing child abuse material in the South West peaked at 6,852 last year (2020/21) – up 584% from 2016/...

Council invites Prime Minister to discuss £750m road repairs backlog

Devon County Council has invited the Prime Minister to personally see the state of the county’s roads after the recent storms.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, the County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management and Flood Prevention, has written to David Cameron to ask him to discuss concerns over road maintenance with Ministers and Government officials.

The authority is...

Government reveal Modern Slavery bill

A new draft anti-slavery bill which could see human traffickers receive life sentences has been revealed in parliament yesterday.

Known as the Modern slavery bill it will see the maximum sentence for slavery offences rise from 14 years to life imprisonment, as well as introduce a range of measures to improve the detection of slavery operations.

Those with previous convictions...

Commons votes for gay marriage

The House of Commons has voted in favour of allowing gay marriage in England and Wales after the third reading of the bill today (21 May).

The latest two day debate over the controversial bill witnessed a number of passionate speeches for and against as well as several failed amendments.

The issue has added to the considerable tensions between David Cameron and many grass roots...