Live updates

Police hunting two men who robbed and assaulted a disabled man

Credit: PA

Police are hunting for two men who robbed and assaulted a 42-year-old disabled man on a Plymouth street - for just £10.

The victim, who uses a walking stick, was on Mannamead Road at 10.45pm on 28 January when he was approached by the two men - who demanded cash and then rifled through his pockets.

When he hit one of them with his stick, he was punched in the chest and knocked unconscious when he fell to the ground.

The offenders grabbed £10 from the victim’s jacket pocket before getting away.

Suspect One

  • white
  • mid 30s
  • short mousy brown hair
  • facial stubble
  • wearing a navy blue top and blue jeans.

Suspect Two

  • aged 20 to 30
  • around 5ft 4ins tall
  • a slight moustache
  • possibly bald
  • wearing a cream coloured fleece and blue jeans

This was a cowardly attack on a man with a disability for a small sum of money. The victim was left very shaken by this incident."

– Detective Constable Helen Batten

Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or email: quoting crime reference CR/6113/16.


Police chief backs lowering of drink drive limit

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has backed a bid to lower the drink drive limit.

Tony Hogg has added his name to a private members bill being debated in the House of Lords which would lower the legal drinking limit in England and Wales.

It would reduce the current limits from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, to 50mg of alcohol - in line with most other European countries.

England and Wales currently has the highest allowed levels in Europe.

More than three quarters of people polled about drink driving support reducing the limit in England and Wales to the same as Scotland, an alcohol health group has said. Credit: PA

The evidence is clear, the risk of road traffic injury and collision increases rapidly with alcohol consumption.

Yes, we need to ensure there is effective enforcement of laws and I am proud of the strong track record police have in doing that, but the current limits are too generous and should be reduced.

Scotland has led the way on alcohol policy having introduced a lower drink drive limit in late 2014. I would urge parliament to make similar changes for England and Wales.

I am sure the people of Devon and Cornwall would support such a move – despite any impact it might have on their own behaviour or social arrangements.

A lower drink drive limit will help reduce the numbers of people dying or suffering life changing injuries on the roads – and ultimately make our communities safer.

– Tony Hogg
Credit: David Jones/PA

Police dealing with armed siege in Princetown

Emergency services were called to the incident in Oakery Crescent this morning. Credit: ITV News

Police are at the scene of an armed siege in Princetown near Tavistock after a man barricaded himself into a property with a knife and gas cannisters.

Emergency services were called to the incident in Oakery Crescent, near Two Bridges Road, at 7.25 this morning.

A negotiator is speaking to the man involved, who is believed to be threatening to set his house on fire.

Residents living in the area were evacuated by police at about 8.30am today.

"Police were informed of a disturbance at a property at Oakery Close, Princetown, at around 7.25am today."

"Ambulance and fire are also in attendance as a precaution and police have set up a 100m cordon and road closures are currently in place."

"Police are concerned for the welfare of a man within the property and a police unit and negotiator are currently at the scene."

– Devon and Cornwall Police
Credit: ITV News


IPCC investigating after police car hit 12 year-old girl

The police car was responding to an emergency call when the accident happened Credit: ITV News

The police watchdog, the IPCC, has begun an investigation into a road traffic accident where a police car hit a 12 year-old girl in Camborne.

The incident occurred just before 8am on Wednesday 6th January, when the girl was believed to be walking to school.

She suffered serious head injuries and was air lifted to the Bristol Children’s Hospital, where she is still being treated.

“My thoughts go out to those involved for whom this has been a very traumatic event. We are carrying out an independent investigation into the circumstances that led to this girl’s serious injuries. We have met the girl’s family to explain our role and how the investigation will progress. We would ask that anyone who witnessed the events that morning in Camborne come forward to speak to us.”

– Cindy Butts, IPCC Commissioner

12 year old in serious but 'stable' condition after police car crash

The police car being towed away after the accident. Credit: ITV News

A 12-year-old who suffered severe head injuries after she was hit by a police car remains in a serious condition in hospital today.

The girl was hit by the vehicle responding to an emergency call on Treveson Street in Camborne yesterday morning (6 January).

She was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital by air ambulance.

She remains in a serious condition but stable."

– Devon and Cornwall Police

Fans advised to arrive early for Exeter vs Liverpool game

Exeter fans at Old Trafford

Football fans heading to the St James Park this Friday to watch Exeter City play Liverpool in the FA Cup game have been advised to arrive early to avoid the rush.

Devon and Cornwall Police will be on hand to support the staff at the club, making sure the game is an enjoyable family event.

Gates open at 6:30pm.

This is a big game for Exeter City and excitement is running high, but the club says it isn't anticipating any problems - a promise echoed by Liverpool fans on social media.

Every week at Exeter City FC fans mix freely and enjoy the friendly rivalry that makes football and especially the FA Cup the exciting spectacle that captivates so many.

Liverpool fans are renowned for their fervent but always sportsmanlike support and will be welcomed not only by a progressive highly professional football unit but also by a city well versed as generous hosts.”

– ulian Tagg, Chairman of Exeter City

With a sell out crowd all away coaches will be met and escorted by Police.

It is a great community event for the City of Exeter and Exeter Football Club to host such a game.

The police will have resources on duty to assist with the night time economy and deal with any anti-social behaviour should it occur."

– Vicky Howell, Devon & Cornwall Police Football Unit
Load more updates