safety

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/...

Reminder to "be bright, be seen" on Devon's roads

British Summer Time ends on Sunday 31 October and as well as remembering to put the clocks back, Devon County Council is reminding road users to “be bright, be seen”.

With people travelling to work and school in the dark and in poor weather conditions when visibility is reduced, the council is urging people to take extra care.

Motorists are asked to look out for more...

Families to be given advice on protecting children from household cleaning products

Devon’s health visiting teams will be handing out free magnetic notepads carrying safety advice this September to help families ensure that young children and toddlers are kept safe in the home.

The notepads feature key safety advice and will serve as a helpful reminder to thousands of busy families.

The notepads are part of the ‘Take Action Today, Put Them Away’ campaign to...

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...

Can I have the Covid-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Reassurance for women on pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding

The NHS in Devon is offering reassurance to women that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding and that it will not impact on their fertility.

Government advice states that:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming
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Can I have the Covid-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant?

Reassurance for women on pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding

The NHS in Devon is offering reassurance to women that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding and that it will not impact on their fertility.

Government advice states that:

  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming
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New cycle camera trial underway

New cycle camera trial underway

A new cycle camera trial is being carried out by Devon County Council to help improve safety for cyclists.

The County Council has enlisted the help of Ride On, the bike recycling charity in Exeter, as well the Exeter Cycle Campaign, Met Office, RD&E Hospital and Exeter Science Park to try out the helmet-mounted video cameras to capture footage of dangerous driving.

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Loss assessor urges SW homeowners to take extra autumnal oil tank care

Leading and award-winning loss assessor, Aspray, is warning southwest homeowners – a relatively large proportion of whom heat their homes with oil [1] – to take extreme caution to avoid oil leaks and spillages during autumn and winter and to get the right insurance in place.

With many rural homes being off the gas grid, the use of oil as a heat source is commonplace in many villages...

Stagecoach South West continue to keep passengers safe

As more parts of the country's economy and daily life continues to re-open Stagecoach South West are continuing to put customers, communities and employees first and ensure people can use public transport services safely and confidently.

Through these challenging times, the bus operator has continually kept the wheels turning, keeping essential bus services running, communities...

NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.

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