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Investigation into police custody death

IPCC is investigating Credit: PA Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation following the death of a 35-year-old man in Devon & Cornwall Police custody.

Initial indications are that officers at Torquay custody suite noticed the man was unwell in his cell in the early hours of this morning (14 September 2016).

An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Torbay Hospital, but he sadly died.

After being notified by the force, the IPCC determined that an independent investigation should be carried out. Investigators are at Torquay Police Station today examining the scene and gathering relevant information.

The man is yet to be formally identified. A post mortem will take place in the coming days.


Warning after reports of man impersonating a police officer

Call 999 if you believe someone is impersonating an officer. Credit: PA

Police are asking the public to be vigilant after reports of a man impersonating a police officer in Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Police have had reports that a man has been in the Beacon Heath area of Exeter attempting to gain entrance to properties claiming that he is a police officer.

The man isn’t wearing a uniform and is using a handwritten ID.

Impersonating a police officer is a criminal offence. A genuine police officer will always take the time to reassure you of their identity. Always ask for their shoulder number which is unique to each officer, ask to see ID and call the police to confirm the officers identity if you are at all unsure or have any concerns.

We believe that he is targeting the elderly.

– Devon & Cornwall Police


  • white man
  • in his 40’s/50’s
  • very short dark hair
  • sometimes wearing a dark blue baseball cap
  • stocky build
  • around 5”8 tall

If you believe you have been approached by a person impersonating a police officer, please call 999.

Man 'critical' after being stabbed in face and back

One man has been taken into custody. Credit: PA

A man has been arrested for serious assault, after an incident at Topsham near Exeter.

A 29 year old man who'd suffered stab wounds to his face and back was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment last night and later transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

His condition is described as stable but critical.

A 60 year old man from the Exeter area was arrested on suspicion of serious assault and taken to Heavitree Road police station for questioning.

Three arrested after firearm incident

The Strand was closed overnight as police attended the scene Credit: ITV News

Three people are in police custody after a firearm incident in Torquay.

Police were called at around 9.30pm on Monday 29 August with reports of gunfire being heard and a vehicle being rammed in the Fore Street area.

Police Armed Response Units were called to the scene and one man was found with a number of pellet wounds - believed to have been from an air rifle. He was taken to hospital.

ARV units and police officers, supported by the dog unit and the police helicopter launched a major search across Torquay to locate the suspects.

Police found an abandoned car as the suspects attempted to flee the area. Police dogs tracked the suspects and a 20-year-old female and 18-year-old man was arrested.

Police also tracked another suspect to a property in Falloway Close and a 27 year-old man was arrested at around 5am this morning.

One man was taken to hospital but has now been released. Credit: PA

All three suspects remain in police custody on suspicion of causing GBH; the man who sustained the pellet wounds has already been released from hospital.

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was in the Fore street area of Torquay around the time of the incident.

If you have any information you can:

  • contact police on 101
  • email quoting log number 995 for the 29th August
  • you can also give information anonymously on 000 555 111


Police incident closes road in Torquay

The road is likely to be closed for much of the morning. Credit: PA

Police have closed a road in Torquay as they respond to an ongoing incident.

The Strand (A379) is currently closed in both directions between Victoria Parade (The Clock Tower) and Fleet Walk.

It's after reports of an incident involving a firearm.

The road is likely to be closed for much of the morning.

More to follow.

Forensic examination begins after human remains discovered

Police say it may take some time for forensic examination to identify the remains. Credit: PA

Police are investigating after human remains were found in Cornwall.

Officers were called to the area of Tregurrian, Newquay on August 11 - an investigation is underway to confirm the identity of the deceased and establish the circumstances of the death.

Police say it may take some time for forensic examination to establish the identity.

The next of kin of Chad Gibson, who has been missing from Newquay since December 2015 have been informed of the discovery.

If anyone has any information that may assist in the investigation, please contact police:

  • email
  • call 101, quoting log 680 of 11 August 2016
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