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10 Devon & Cornwall police officers have records

Investigation reveals five policemen and five PCSOs at Devon & Cornwall Constabulary with records Credit: ITV News

Five serving police officers and five police community support officers (PCSOs) from Devon and Cornwall Police have been convicted of criminal offences in the last three years.

They were all men and include an officer convicted of possessing indecent images of children and two convicted of indecent exposure.

The figures come from an investigation by the Press Association.

The force says the offences were mostly prior to recruitment or as juveniles.

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Drugs gang members sent to prison for a total of 138 years

Daniel Smith from Paignton got 13 years. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police.

Nineteen members of a drugs gang who were bringing heroin and cocaine into the region have been sent to prison, for a total of a 138 years.

Daniel Smith from Paignton was given 13 years for masterminding the conspiracy.

Whilst Thomas Kehoe got 12 years for organising the deliveries from Liverpool.

Devon and Cornwall Police have been praised for their complex investigation which included a vast amount of surveillance on the gang that led to their prosecutions.

Thomas Kehoe got 12 years. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police.

999, what's your emergency? I've run out of toilet paper.

Devon and Cornwall Police have released audio of a man who called 999 - after he ran out of toilet paper.

The unknown man tells the operator his emergency is that he has "run out of toilet roll". The bemused, and angry operator then asked, "You're calling 999 for that reason?"

Devon and Cornwall Police posted the call on YouTube as a permanent reminder of the abuse of the emergency phone system.

Conwoman on the run from jail arrested in Plymouth

Julie Whitehead (left) and Ian Cotton (right) were on the run from prison sentences. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A convicted fraudster on the run from an eight-year jail sentence has been found in Plymouth, along with the man convicted of lying for her.

53-year-old Julie Whitehead and Ian Cotton, 36, were arrested early this morning, after two weeks on the run.

Whitehead is to be jailed for eight-and-a-half-years for a string of frauds, including conning an elderly and vulnerable woman out of her life savings. Cotton was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice.

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Hazard materials team called to house in Truro

Police, ambulance services and the hazard materials team are on the scene in Truro. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Police are investigating after three people were taken ill, after coming into contact with a package in Truro.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue's hazard materials team as well as police and ambulance services are all on the scene at Penhalls Way, Playing Place.

No other properties are believed to be affected.

Manhunt for conwoman on the run from jail sentence

Julie Whitehead (left) and Ian Cotton (right) have both been sentenced to prison. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A convicted fraudster branded "scum" by the family of an elderly woman she conned out of her life savings is on the run from jail, along with the man convicted of lying for her.

53-year-old Julie Whitehead was due to be jailed for eight-and-a-half years for a string of frauds. This included telling pensioner Rose Walker that she worked at a rehabilitation centre which could help her grandson recover from drug addiction, and convincing her to hand over thousands to pay for his 'care'.

The court heard that another victim, an 83-year-old man, was so traumatised by what happened that he stopped eating. Whitehead's co-defendant, Ian Cotton, 36, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for perverting the course of justice. A jury convicted him of lying to the police to try and take the blame for one of Whitehead's crimes.

The pair, who had denied the charges against them, were supposed to appear at Plymouth Crown Court for sentencing yesterday - but have since disappeared.

Sentencing them to prison in their absence, Recorder John Williams said it was important to protect elderly and vulnerable people.

A warrant is out for their arrest and the police are appealing for help to track them down. The two have links to both Plymouth and Bristol.

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Devon and Cornwall police dog display team, together with a selection of police puppies will be showcasing their skills which they learn as part of their police training in the main arena at the Devon County Show.

The police dog display team will be will be used in a firearms scenario with gun fire where the dogs will be used to detain an armed person.

They will also demonstrate a search situation and emergency recall where a dog is sent in error to a detained person.

The puppies will be showing the crowds their newly learned skills in the agility and obedience classes.

Police dog Brodie will also be attending as the Devon and Cornwall Police guest of honour.

Brodie, from the police puppy scheme who had both hips replaced earlier this year will be on hand to meet the public at the police stand with his puppy walkers and Police Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon.

Brodie was brought into the world by the breeding programme run by Devon and Cornwall Police.

‘Bionic Brodie’ as he has affectionately been known, captured the hearts of the public when it was confirmed the only way that Brodie could lead a pain free life was if both hips were replaced after a diagnosis of chronic hip dysplasia.

He healed nicely after the first operation and is expected to be fully recovered in about eight weeks.

– Paul Glennon, Police Canine Development Officer

Crime rate falls in Devon and Cornwall, but sexual offence reports rise

Crime rates have fallen, despite hundreds of police job losses Credit: ITV News

Despite losing hundreds of officers to austerity cuts, the crime rate across Devon and Cornwall has fallen in the last year.

New figures show over four thousand fewer crimes were reported between last April and this March. This includes an almost 10% fall in burglary and 10% less vehicle crime.

However reports of sexual offences have increased by over 20%.

Victims are central to everything we do. As a police force we focus on the crimes that have the most adverse impact on people’s lives.

In the past, domestic abuse and sexual offences have traditionally been significantly under reported to police. In partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner we have continued over the last 12 months to encourage victims to come forward to police.

These areas remain to be a high priority for the Force, and we hope that an increase in sexual offences figures show that victims have more confidence in reporting these crimes.

– Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly, Devon & Cornwall Police

A full breakdown of the crime figures can be found here.

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