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VIDEO: police ask children to name puppies

children asked to name police puppies Credit: Devon & Cornwall police

Devon and Cornwall police are asking children to help name their new litter of police puppies.

Competition entrants are being asked to submit their name suggestion along with a Christmas card design - which must begin with the letter 'C'.

The winner will get to meet the puppies. and spend time with a police dog handler.

Man arrested in Hayle in terrorism investigation

A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Hayle on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism, under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act.

The man, who was arrested last night (Monday), is being questioned by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) at a police station in the Devon and Cornwall area.

The arrest relates to an investigation by SECTU in relation to conflicts overseas and police say it is not linked to any immediate threat to local communities or anywhere in the UK.

I would like to reassure the community that this investigation should have very little impact on local residents.

The arrest was pre-planned and was not made in response to any immediate threat to public safety in Hayle. Our officers will continue to maintain a presence in the area, offering reassurance to the local community.

– Supt Jim Pearce, Devon & Cornwall Police

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Police describe closures as "sad day"

Penzance police station was one of 11 front desks to close Credit: ITV News

Staff will continue to work at Penzance Police Station but there'll be no counter for reporting crime or asking about lost items. Officers say they are aware of people's concerns about a lack of face to face police contact.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been made very aware of the sense of feeling around Penzance and Penwith itself and so I how important it is to them to have face to face contact with us. Obviously yesterday was a sad day for the public enquiry office but can I say it was a really sad day when that decision had to be made.

– Inspector Jean Phillips

Protests held outside Penzance Police Station

Protests held outside Penzance Police Station Credit: ITV News

Protests have been happening in Penzance today - outside the town's police station. The station is now closed to the public which means victims of crime can no longer walk in to report incidents. It's one of 11 desks across Devon and Cornwall that's been axed as part of cuts to save millions of pounds.

Why you won't be able to walk into your local police station any more, in parts of Devon and Cornwall

Penzance is one of eleven police front desks to close Credit: ITV News

Eleven police front desks close this weekend across Devon and Cornwall meaning many victims of crime will no longer be able to report an offence at their local police station. The public walk-in areas are being axed as part of cuts to save thousands of pounds across the force area.

In Penzance the enquiry office closes tonight. Local Councillor Tim Dwelly has organised a petition against the move and is leading a protest in the town on Saturday morning.

"We need to have access - it's simply not acceptable to people around here to either have to go to Camborne or to ring a call centre in Devon in the hope of seeing a police officer face to face, we won't have it."

The changes will save the force just over three quarters of a million pounds.

Devon and Cornwall Police say the numbers of people coming in to stations on foot have dwindled.

"Over the years it's really declined in numbers of people walking into enquiry offices, we have over a million calls every year and ways of people want to contact us, very few of those are actually people walking into police stations into the enquiry office. So we want to better engage with the public, but we would rather have our officers and staff out there in the communities rather than have people sat in an enquiry office all the time waiting for the public to come to us."

For many though, the nearest station they can walk into may now be half an hour away.

Body of man found in Exeter

Police looking for a missing 35-year-old man in Exeter have recovered a body from the water at Exeter Quay.

They were called out on Sunday evening and while searches were underway, officers heard a man had entered the water near Haven Banks.

The police helicopter, police officers and the fire service water rescue team searched the area but were unable to find him.

The dead man's family has been informed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in to investigate.

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Man who died on run from police named

A man who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour to escape from a police chase has been named as Darren Wakefield.

The 35 year old died on 12th October after being chased by police on suspicion of stealing a bicycle. He was seen entering the water before becoming trapped between a boat and the harbour wall, and died despite efforts by the emergency services to save him.

The medical cause of death is still to be confirmed. Mr Wakefield was unemployed at the time of his death, and married but separated from his wife.

Rally for Exeter man who died in police custody

Thomas Orchard died after being found in a cell at Heavitree Road Police Station Credit: ITV News

The family of an Exeter man who died in police custody will take part in a rally tomorrow. Thomas Orchard died two years ago after being found in a cell at Heavitree Road Police Station in October 2012.

His family are angry about how long its taken to investigate how he died. Mr Orchard had been arrested in Exeter city centre on suspicion of a public order offence.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service to investigate whether any charges should be brought against a custody sergeant, three police officers, two custody detention staff and an agency nurse.

Man on the run from police drowns in Plymouth

The man drowned in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Credit: ITV News

A suspected bike thief has drowned as he was being pursued by police in Plymouth.

The unnamed man became trapped between a disused fishing boat and a harbour wall in Sutton Harbour shortly after six o'clock this morning.

Navy divers, police and the coastguard desperately tried to get to him, but his body was later recovered from the water.

"Police were called to reports of the theft of a bicycle from Citadel Road East in Plymouth around 6.10am.

A man was located by police but he made off and was followed by officers into Sutton Wharf.

The man was seen by members of the public to enter the water close to The China House pub around 6.30am.

He became trapped between a disused fishing vessel and the harbour wall.

Two lifeboats and the fire service water rescue team were deployed but were unable to reach the man due to his location. The Royal Navy dive team was deployed and have recovered the body of the man."

– Devon and Cornwall Police
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