Stay at home and save lives this weekend

With warm weather expected over the weekend and temperatures in some areas set to hit highs of 20C, councils are urging people to continue following the Government’s guidelines on social distancing.

Unless essential travel is required, households should continue to follow the Government’s advice and guidance to remain at home and help to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus....

Stay safe this Bonfire Night

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are urging locals to enjoy a safe Bonfire Night by following some simple do’s and don’ts to reduce risks.

As fireworks are explosives and burn at such high temperatures, the utmost care is necessary in their storage, handling and use, whether you are organising a display for the family, friends or the general public.

Marc House,...

Top tips to say safe online

Is there any way to stop the rise in fraud and online crime?

As the latest results of the Crime Survey for England and Wales are released, the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (NHWN) looks at how you can avoid becoming a victim.

“People are becoming more aware that they need to protect themselves, but are often still not taking some quite simple steps,” says NHWN Chairman...

Thousands risk death from electrical fires at home

Older people in the UK are disproportionately at risk from electrical hazards, according to research by leading charity, Electrical Safety First.

The Charity has found that a person over 60 is ten times more likely to die in a fire than somebody aged 17 to 24i. And more than half of the accidental fire-related deaths last year in Great Britain were people aged 65 and olderii.


Calls call for clearer law on pavement parking

Pavement parking is a danger for older people and legislation should be clearer, says the results of a YouGov poll commissioned by Living Streets out today (09 January 2015).

Over half of UK adults aged 65 and over (51 per cent) have no idea whether or not parking on the pavement is illegal in their local area. As MP Martin Horwood’s ‘pavement parking bill’ receives its second reading...

Police urge tourists to stay safe

Police are urging tourists to follow some simple safety measures when enjoying the Easter holiday period.

Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are amongst the safest places to visit in the country, but to help make holidaymakers’ stay more enjoyable police recommend the following advice on how to keep themselves and their property safe.

Top three safety tips while on your...

Plymouth will lobby to spare safe rooms from from Bedroom Tax

Plymouth councillors agreed to lobby Government to make safe rooms for the victims of domestic abuse exempt from the bedroom tax today.

Councillor Nicky Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, put forward the motion to Full Council calling for cross-party backing of the exemption. She asked for agreement in the meantime for discretionary housing payments to cover the...

Brake campaign appeals to drivers to tune in to road safety and turn off their phones

A national campaign launched yesterday (18 November) by the charity Brake at the start of Road Safety Week calls on drivers to tune in to road safety, to prevent appalling crashes caused by multi-tasking at the wheel.

The campaign appeals to drivers to turn off their phones or put them in the boot, and urges everyone to refuse to speak on the phone to someone who’s driving. It is being...

Thieves steal safe from top chef's restaurant

A safe has been stolen during a burglary at celebrity chef Gary Rhodes' Plymouth restaurant, Rhodes @the Dome on The Hoe.

Police report that thieves got into the building between midnight and 7a.m. on Monday 18 March 2013 and forcibly removed the digital safe which contained an undisclosed sum of money.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything...