Police join forces to tackle drugs across the South West

Operation Scorpion is a joined-up collaboration between the five police forces in the South West region (Avon and Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire), alongside their respective offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, the British Transport Police, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) and the charity Crimestoppers to combine resources to tackle...

Warning issued in Devon over scam caller pretending to be police officer

Police investigating reports of a phone scam which has led to two people in their 80s handing over substantial sums of money are appealing for information.

Officers are also warning residents in Devon to be vigilant of the scam, in which the caller is pretending to be a police officer.

Detectives say they have had an increased number of calls about this scam over the past...

Chinese community targeted in Devon burglaries

Police investigating six burglaries in Plymouth and South Devon believe the crimes could be linked.

Officers are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after entry was forced into individual properties in Kingsteignton, Tavistock, Chudleigh and Paignton, as well as into two properties in Plymouth, between Friday 29 April and Wednesday 11 May.

A substantial amount of...

Police urge the public to hand in guns during national firearms surrender

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for people to hand in unwanted guns and ammunition during a two-week surrender period from Thursday 12 May to Sunday 29 May.

Many firearms are held in innocence and ignorance of their illegality or are overlooked and forgotten in people’s homes. Examples of this are shotguns or rifles for which the licence has expired or perhaps handguns...

Street marshals will help make Exmouth safer this summer

Street marshals will help make Exmouth a safer place this summer thanks to funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The office is supporting East Devon District Council with marshalling aimed specifically at preventing antisocial behaviour (ASB) by young people, a theme which ties in directly with Devon and Cornwall Police’s Operation Marnow summer policing...

Devon and Cornwall bolstered by 141 extra police officers

Devon and Cornwall have been bolstered by 141 extra officers since the government launched its major police recruitment drive a year ago, new figures show.

It brings the total number of police across the force area to 3,273, meaning there are now more frontline officers on our streets to keep the public safe.

Since the launch of the recruitment campaign, a total of 5,824...

South West bolstered by 224 extra police officers

Police forces across the South West have been bolstered by an additional 224 officers since the government launched its major recruitment drive in September 2019.

Since the start of the recruitment drive, a total of 4,336 extra officers have joined police forces across England and Wales as a direct result of the campaign.

Of the 224 additional officers in the South West, 98...

£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...

Police warning after elderly woman scammed

Police are investigating an incident which happened at a property on Coverdale Place in Manadon, Plymouth, after an elderly woman was victim to a scam.

The incident happened on Monday 19 February 2018 at around 2pm. A woman in her 80s received a call from a man who said he was a police officer and persuaded the lady to withdraw £4,000 from her bank.

The lady returned home with...

Devon & Cornwall Police launch sexting campaign

Devon & Cornwall Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall (OPCC), have launched a campaign to educate young people under the age of 18 about the consequences of sexting.

Sexting is the term used for the sending or receiving of sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos which can be taken by a young person of themselves (i.e. a selfie), or...