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Devon & Cornwall PCC: 'Simply unfair' lack of funds for policing

Tony Hogg says the standard of policing the public is used to would not be sustainable with the new funding plans. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has written to the government to ask for fairer funding for his police force.

Tony Hogg says the force will lose a further £24 million under the government's funding policy.

He says it doesn't account for the increase in population in the summer months, and puts the police force at a disadvantage because it covers such a large area.

"Some of the policing that the public has come to terms with over decades in terms of neighbourhood policing, or roads policing, look like they would be unsustainable if we can't overturn these proposals from the government - which are simply unfair to Devon and Cornwall."

– Tony Hogg, Devon & Cornwall PCC

Growing concern for missing man from Cornwall

Police believe Paul Johnson may be in the Exeter area. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for help from the public to find a missing man from Launceston in East Cornwall.

Paul Johnson, 63, was reported missing from his home on Monday 17th August.

He is described as a white man, 5’ 8” tall, of slim build with grey thinning spiky hair. He has a distinctive Glaswegian accent and a few tattoos to his upper arm.

Paul was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt, a white cardigan and white canvas bumper boots.

It's believed he may have travelled to the Exeter area.


Warning over "catastrophic" cuts to police

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The office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is warning that the jobs of an extra 200 police officers in Devon and Cornwall will be at risk if new government funding proposals are agreed.

The Chief Executive Andrew White says it would leave the force another £11 million a year worse off with "catastrophic" results.

A petition demanding fairer funding has already collected 5,000 signatures. You can have your say about the proposals here.

Pregnant woman was attacked in Plymouth for £10

Police have issued e-fits of the teenagers Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A pregnant woman who was mugged by two teenagers in Plymouth says her life has turned into a nightmare.

The 24 year old woman was hospitalised after the attack in St Budeaux last month.

When he was told, her partner, who is epileptic, had a seizure and has been in and out of hospital ever since.

Police have issued e-fits of the teenagers.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, told ITV News: "To think that somebody has put our baby's life at risk makes me feel physically sick. And all for the sake of £10. I mean really? Was it worth it?"

Police search for missing man from Devon

Police are concerned for the welfare of Michael Gregory, a 29-year-old man from Paignton Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are concerned for the welfare of Michael Gregory, a 29-year-old man from Paignton.

Michael was last seen in Brixham yesterday (Tuesday August 11th) evening.

He is described as white, of slim build with receding dark brown hair and he has a Midlands accent.

Anyone with information about Michael's whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Have you seen these teenagers? Police release efit after pregnant woman attacked

Police efit of two teenagers suspected of attacking a pregnant woman. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are looking for two teenagers after an attack on a pregnant woman in Plymouth last month.

The 24-year-old woman, who was 17 weeks pregnant, suffered back and internal injuries after she was pushed in the stomach and had her purse grabbed.

The attack happened on Evelyn Street, in the St Budeaux area of the city late on Friday July 31st.

Both suspects are described as being 14 or 15.

“I would like to reassure residents that this is an unusual and isolated incident which is rare for this quiet residential area of Plymouth.”

– Detective Constable John-Paul Eccles


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.

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.
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