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A report says Devon and Cornwall Police has a 'lack of understanding' of the extent of child exploitation across the force area.
HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) found the way officers deal with children who regularly go missing was highlighted as a serious concern which needs to be improved.
Devon and Cornwall Police demonstrated a strong commitment to improving services for the protection of vulnerable people. However, while we found a number of examples of good work to protect children, this commitment has not yet resulted in consistently improved outcomes for children.
We were concerned to find that in a significant number of cases we looked at, poor supervision and record keeping had undermined decision making and safeguarding measures. Some serious cases were investigated by non-specialist officers, resulting in delays, and potential risks posed by alleged offenders not being considered.
The force must also improve how it tackles child sexual exploitation. While the force is taking some steps to address this, it still has much more to do to demonstrate that it is able to effectively identify and safeguard children at risk. We found a concerning case involving a 15 year old girl who, in August 2014, was identified at being at risk of exploitation by an older man. We found no evidence that a longer-term safeguarding plan had been put in place to protect the girl from further exploitation and, at the time of the inspection, the girl still had not been spoken to by police. This is not acceptable.
Devon and Cornwall Police says it welcomes the report and its acknowledgement of the hard work and commitment to improving services safeguarding children.
We are working hard to deliver improved outcomes for children and work that has been undertaken by the Force has shown that we have to improve recording standards, as often a great deal of work has taken place but has not been captured within the Force’s IT systems.
In respect of Child Sexual Exploitation, the Force has a dedicated team which deal with these types of offences and we are working with all of our partners to deliver the standards contained within the Peninsula Protocol and Strategy.
The Force also recognises the importance of not detaining children and young people in custody and at the time of the inspection we were working with children’s services across the peninsula to ensure appropriate arrangements are put into place to avoid this from occurring.
A drugs gang from London and their Exeter-based drugs runners have been sentenced to over 70 years in prison at Exeter Crown Court.
All 15 defendants pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply class A controlled drugs or the concern in the supply of class A drugs after a 16-month police operation.
Yahya Hashi, 25, of Spicer Road, London and Fathi Ahmed, 29, of Pilgrim Hill, London, were the leaders of the drugs gang who brought cocaine and heroin to the streets of Exeter. Each were sentenced to 8 years in prison.
They were both convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin, along with five other defendants.
Fahad Hassan, 23, of Undine Street, London, was sentenced to 7 years 6 months in prison.
Said Mohamud, 28, of Bromar Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.
Shafie Afrah, 28, of Kings Road, London, was sentenced to 6 years.
Hassan Abubaker, 23, of West Way, Edware, Middlesex, was sentenced to 6 years.
Sakariye Yasin, 25, of New Park Road, London was sentenced to 6 years.
The local drug runners were sentenced on Thursday 7 May.
Lee Haine, 26, of Birchy Barton Hill, Exeter and Robert Doyle, 34, of College Road, Exeter were both convicted of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and heroin.
Both men were sentenced to two years and eight months in prison. Doyle was also sentenced to an additional 12 months for unrelated theft offences.
The other defendants were convicted of being concerned in the supply of heroin.
Philip Warton, 35, of Park Street, Crediton, was sentenced to three years in prison.
Nicola Martin, 33, of St David’s Hill, Exeter was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
Christopher Edworthy, 39, of Heavitree Road, Exeter, John Acres, 44, of Exe Street, Exeter, and Richard Lewis, 52, of Slade Close, Plymouth, were all sentenced to two years in prison.
John Gill, 40, of Howarth Close, Sidmouth was sentenced to five years and seven months. This was the third time Gill has been convicted of similar offences and therefore received a more severe sentence.
Avon and Somerset police say a fifth man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation offences in Bristol.
A 19 year old was questioned and released on bail until late June.
Four other men arrested in connection with the inquiry, all aged in their twenties, have also been bailed until dates in late June.
Victims of crime are to be helped by a new care unit that has been set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.
It will guide people to more than 60 organisations that can provide them with specialist help.
The unit in Exeter has been welcomed by one woman who suffered at the hands of a sex attacker.
David Woodland reports.
Rural crime cost the South West an estimated £5.5 million last year. The most common items targeted were tools, quad bikes and machinery.
Nationally the cost of rural crime has increased by over 5%. A spokesman for insurer NFU Mutual says that more high value items are being stolen across the UK.