Specialist police team launched to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour

Devon & Cornwall Police has introduced a new policing team which will work closely within communities to tackle specific short and long terms problems affecting local people and businesses, including antisocial behaviour (ASB), drugs, and spikes in crime.

The Neighbourhood Support Team (NST), will be deployed across South Devon. They will work alongside communities and...

Churches urged to review security following theft of metal incidents

Churches across the UK are being urged to take steps to prevent metal theft following a spate of incidents.

The warning comes from specialist insurer Ecclesiastical following theft of lead from the roof of churches in Bath, including All Saints Church in Weston which was targeted multiple times in one month.

High demand for copper and lead, driven by an increase in metal...

COLD SNAP: One in four motorists admit to leaving their vehicle unattended whilst it defrosts, sparks vehicle theft fears

  • One in four UK motorists admit to leaving their cars unattended.
  • Age groups 25-34-year-olds (36%) are most likely to leave cars unattended.
  • 30% of Londoners leave their cars unattended.
  • Over half of Belfast drivers leave their cars unattended.
  • One in three motorists in Wales leave their cars unattended.
  • Over 55s are the most security
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One in ten Brits admit to knowingly driving home over the limit from a Christmas party

  • 1.6 million UK motorists (4%) have knowingly driven home over the limit after a Christmas party on more than one occasion
  • Men are significantly more likely to drink-drive at Christmas than women. Almost one in five men have done so (17%), compared to just over one in 20 women (6%)
  • One in five drink-drivers (19%) said they drove home over the legal limit as ‘they
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Did you witness Plymouth burglaries?

Police investigating two reported robberies in Plymouth on Sunday 25 September are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

The first incident took place at around 10.50pm on the railway bridge on Sutherland Road, when a woman in her 20s was approached by a man, who took her handbag and ran off towards Restormel Road.

Police are trying to locate the stolen property,...

Devon author Ann Cleeves launches her latest novel

Crediton hosts launch of new book by Devon’s Queen of Crime

Devon crime writer Ann Cleeves is preparing for the local launch of her latest book, The Heron’s Cry . The launch event in Crediton Town Square on September 1st will headline an autumn programme by local book shop The Bookery.

The Heron's Cry is the second book in Ann's North Devon based Two Rivers series. The first, The Long Call , was a Sunday Times bestseller. Described by the...

Devon author Ann Cleeves

An Evening with Ann Cleeves, Devon launch of The Heron’s Cry

Tickets £5 - £20 including signed book

Queen of crime Ann Cleeves will be hosted by The Bookery in Crediton Town Square on Wednesday September 1st at 6.30pm for the Devon launch of her new book, The Heron’s Cry.

This is the second book in the North Devon based Two Rivers series. The first, The Long Call, was a Sunday Times bestseller and described by the Daily Express as “a triumph that cements Cleeves’ status as one of Britain’s best crime writers” and is set to be developed into a major TV series for ITV.

Ann Cleeves is famous for her crime writing, in particular...

£1.2million extra government funding to crack down on burglary and theft in South West crime hotspots

Three police forces in the South West are to receive extra funding as part of the government’s £25million Safer Streets Fund – delivering on a key Conservative manifesto commitment.

Avon and Somerset will receive £400,000, Devon and Cornwall £546,781 and Dorset £266,357 – a total of £1,213,138.

The Safer Streets Fund forms part of the government’s concerted action to tackle...

Plymouth dog owners fined after failing to comply with microchipping law

Two Plymouth dog owners who failed to comply with the new law to have his dog microchipped, has been ordered to pay a total of £1,321 at Plymouth Magistrates court today.

Stuart Hayes of Kensington Road, Mutley was found guilty of failure to comply with a notice to require microchipping and permitting a dog to be in a public place without the correct identification on his dog’s collar...

Revealed: A Third of UK Tourists Suffer with Items Stolen on Holiday

a recent study conducted by luxury travel company, eShores, shows that a third of UK tourists have had their belongings stolen while on holiday.

The study asked 1250 holidaymakers information about which destination they have had belongings stolen, what items they’ve had stolen, and the value of their loss. This gave shocking insights into the scale of theft while on holiday, with 58%...