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Police watchdog to manage investigation into 2015 election expenses of Devon and Cornwall's PCC

Alison Hernandez was elected police and crime commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police in May Credit: ITV News

The police watchdog has confirmed it will manage an investigation into allegations that Alison Hernandez - the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall - failed to properly declare election expenses while she was employed as an election agent in 2015.

At the time of the alleged offence Ms Hernandez was employed as an election agent for the Conservative candidate in the Torbay constituency.

The allegations against her were referred to the IPCC by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner following her election as PCC on 5 May.

As Ms Hernandez is now a Police and Crime Commissioner, the IPCC will manage an investigation looking at whether she properly declared election expenses whilst acting as an election agent during the 2015 General Election.

On completion of the investigation we will decide whether any matters should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for its consideration

– IPCC Deputy Chair Sarah Green

The managed investigation will be undertaken by West Mercia Police under the direction and control of the IPCC.

Police investigating after death of 8-month-old baby

Forensic teams have spent the day at the scene - which remains sealed off Credit: ITV News

Police are investigating after the death of an 8 month old boy in Devon.

Ambulance staff called the police just after 10:30 this morning (15 June) to inform them about the baby's death.

A 27-year-old man is in police custody. Credit: ITV News

Police and scenes of crime officers have attended the house in Brownshill Road in Newton Abbot to undertake initial investigations.

Devon and Cornwall Police say they are currently treating the death as unexplained.

A 27-year-old man is in police custody in connection with this matter and awaits questioning.


Police involved in 'something out of a horror movie' receive Royal praise

Police involved in a "scenario resembling something out of a horror movie" have received personal praise from Royalty.

The four officers were called to a man in Kingsbridge wielding a circular disc cutter, and circular saw.

During the struggle, in May last year, two were attacked - suffering serious injuries - and doctors said one would have almost certainly have died but for the swift and efficient treatment he received from one of his colleagues.

All four officers were invited to the Royal Humane Society’s Annual Court in London where they were presented with testimonials on velum by Princess Alexandra.

PCs Ryan Hayhurst, Jonathan Lonsdale, Rebecca Sutton-Scott-Tucker and PS John Dingle with Princess Alexandra after receiving their awards

The officers had gone to the home following reports of a dispute between neighbours.

Two die after being hit by a car as they got off a bus

Police are asking any witnesses to contact them Credit: PA

Two women have died after being hit by a car as they got off a bus in Plymouth.

It happened in Torr Lane on the 18 May.

One of the women, aged 60, died as a result of her injuries. The second was kept in hospital in a critical condition but has since also died.

Neither woman has yet been named by police.

The driver, a 58-year-old local woman, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail until 12 August.

Police have begun an investigation and are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them.

Anyone who has information or saw the Ford B-Max travelling in Torr Lane before the collision is asked to contact police by:

  • email on
  • telephone on 101, quoting log 877 of 18/05/16

'Nothing of significance' found in garden of two convicted paedophiles

David and Pauline Williams were jailed in 2015 Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police digging up the garden of two convicted paedophiles in Devon say the investigation is now complete - with nothing of significance found.

Excavation work has been carried out all this week at the properly on Cullompton Hill, Bradninch after a tip off.

David Williams and his wife Pauline were jailed last year for life and 12 years respectively. They carried out a series of assaults on ten boys and girls committed between 1991 and 2004.

The Devon couple who were once friends of infamous serial killers Fred and Rose West.

The house in Bradninch, Devon. Credit: ITV News

A dozen specialist officers were involved in the four-day search, which has now concluded.

Devon and Cornwall Police have thanked the local community for their cooperation.

“We appreciate that the Bradninch this week has attracted significant media attention and we would like to thank the residents of Bradninch for their patience & support shown."

Police vans outside the property Credit: ITV News

Following a detailed excavation at the property, nothing of significance was found by the specialist trained officers. The investigation is now complete and we are not pursuing any other lines of enquiry in relation to this investigation.

– Detective Superintendent Keith Perkin, Public Protection Unit


Back garden search enters its fourth & final day

Police are excavating the back garden of this property. Credit: ITV West Country

Police are beginning the fourth day of an operation in Devon to dig up the garden of two convicted paedophiles who were friends of Fred and Rose West.

David and Pauline Williams were jailed last November for abusing children over a 13 year period.

Their abuse started at a pub in Gloucestershire and now their former home near Exeter is still sealed off while officers excavate the garden.

Postcard suggests Williams' looked after West's children

Postcard was sent from the West's to the Williams' home Credit: Jules Annan/Gloucester News Centre

New details have emerged today of the close friendship between two convicted paedophiles from Devon and serial killers Fred and Rose West.

David and Pauline Williams were jailed last November for a total of 35 years, for abusing children over a 13 year period. Their former home in Bradninch, near Exeter, remains sealed off while officers continue excavating the garden.

The postcard shows landmarks from the Cheshire Ring Credit: Jules Annan/Gloucester News Centre

It has emerged today is that David and Pauline Williams may have looked after the Wests children when they went on holiday.

A postcard from the Wests has come to light - sent to their children - at the Williams then home. It's thought the postcard was written by Rose West - and refers to a canal holiday. The postcard shows landmarks from the Cheshire Ring but is post marked from the Wye Valley. It's signed Mum and Dad - and is addressed to The West Williams Menagerie - presumably referring to their children.

Third day of police dig underway

Police are spending their third day digging up the former garden of two convicted paedophiles who knew Fred and Rose West.

Aerial view of the excavation site. Credit: ITV West Country

David and Pauline Williams were jailed in November for a string of sexual offences dating back to the 1980s when they lived in Gloucester.

Work at their home in Devon is expected to continue until Saturday.

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