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"Significant risks" in way Devon & Cornwall tackles domestic abuse

There are some significant risks in the way Devon and Cornwall Police tackles domestic abuse and improvements are needed according to HM HM Inspectorate of Constabulary.

In a national inspection of how police forces respond to cases of domestic violence, inspectors found that, while it is a clear priority, the force does not yet provide a consistent service in all cases of domestic abuse.

  • In Devon and Cornwall, domestic abuse accounts for 3% of calls to the police for assistance
  • Of these calls, 46% were from repeat victims and domestic abuse accounts for 11% of all recorded crime
  • The force also recorded 10,158 assaults with injury, of these 3,411 were domestic abuse related
  • This is 34% of all assaults with injury recorded for the 12 months to end of August 2013.
  • Devon and Cornwall has a low arrest rate - for every 100 domestic abuse crimes recorded, there were 51 arrests in Devon and Cornwall. For most forces the number is between 45 and 90.

9 arrested in drug raids in Hayle

Nine people have been arrested after drug raids in Cornwall. Fifty four police staff were involved in raids across Hayle yesterday morning as part of an operation to stop the supply of Class A drugs. Suspected Class A drugs and money was seized from the properties.

Four people from Hayle were charged with unlawfully supplying Class A drugs. David Johns aged 44 years, Terence Foyle aged 36 years, Stephen Jose aged 39 years and Paula Matthews aged 39 years are due before Cornwall Magistrates this morning.

A fifth person was also charged with supplying a Class A controlled drug and was released on bail to also appear before Cornwall Magistrates Court this morning.

Four other people were released on police bail pending further enquires.


Police search for missing man Martin Hanna in Devon

58 year old Martin Hanna was reported missing this morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are searching for a missing 58 year old man in North Devon.

Martin Hanna went missing from his home in Ilfricombe this morning.He's thought to be driving a blue Microcar which was last seen in the Torbay area just after 11am. Officers say they're concerned for his welfare.

Police hope pictures will help identify body found at Perranporth

Police release picture of shoe that man was wearing when he was found Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police have issued two photographs which they hope will help to identify a man who's body was washed up at Perranporth earlier this week. The photographs show a shoe the man was wearing when he was found by a dog walker.

This photo was found in man's wallet Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

They also released a picture of a small boy which was in a wallet believed to belong to the man. The body was found near the Watering Hole bar last Tuesday.


The cost of electing a Police Commissioner

Tony Hogg was elected as Devon and Cornwall's Police Commissioner Credit: ITV News West Country

The cost of electing Devon and Cornwall's first Police Commissioner was less than half the predicted figure.

The Conservative, Tony Hogg, fought off nine other candidates to take the post last year. It's been revealed the process cost £800,000 rather than the £1.9 million predicted by local authorities.

Devon and Cornwall had more candidates than anywhere else nationwide.

Dozens of police calls about paranormal activity

Paranormal activity reported to police Credit: Victoria Jones/Press Association Images

Dozens of spooky goings on have been reported to the police over the Christmas period with one man claiming he had to lock his castle doors in Saltash after being harassed by - the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Officers also investigated apparent witchcraft in Exeter, when a woman claimed her horse's manes were being plaited by an unseen being.Figures released this week revealed the force received 30 reports of extra-terrestrial or paranormal activity over the last two years.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Police would not attend an incident for the report of paranormal activity."An officer will however attend if there is concern for welfare for either the caller or another individual or where there is reason to believe an offence may have occurred."

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