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Operation to crack down on drivers using mobile phones begins

Police patrols have begun work in Devon and Cornwall this morning targeting drivers using their mobile phone whilst driving.

Operation Vortex is also being used to clamp down on excess and inappropriate speed, driving under the influence of drink or drugs and the not wearing of seat belts.

Hunt for two men after attempted sexual assault - public warned to be vigilant

Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time. Credit: ITV West Country

A warning has been issued after two men tried to sexually assault a woman in broad daylight.

It happened in Exeter between 1:40pm and 2:00pm on Thursday (3 Nov).

A woman was approached by two male strangers, both dressed in black with black gloves, who then attempted to sexually assault her in a lane which runs between Bathern Road and Cumberland Drive.

The woman managed to fight them off and the men ran away.

Police are asking for witnesses and would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time, who saw anything suspicious, or who owns home CCTV systems or ‘Dash-Cams’ in their vehicles, which were parked in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police:

  • via email on
  • by telephone on 101, quoting crime reference CR/077963/16
  • anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111


Three assaulted in supermarket car park

Police are investigating. Credit: Google Earth

Three people have been assaulted in a supermarket car park.

In happened near Tesco on Tolgus Hill in Redruth - between 3am and 4am on September 4.

One man and two women were assaulted and received various injuries as a result.

Police are asking any witnesses to contact them:

  • email quoting crime reference CR/062659/16
  • give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Police hunt after man left with fractured eye socket

Do you know these men? Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are hoping to trace these two men after a man was left with serious facial injuries.

The 26-year-old was punched in the face during the unprovoked assault outside the old Plymouth Snooker Club in Union Street.

He was treated at Derriford Hospital for serious facial injuries including a fractured eye socket.

Detectives are now keen to identify the two men pictured in connection with the incident and ask anyone who recognises them to contact them.

Building named for PC who 'made a difference with each and every step of his beat'

PC Andy Hocking was a beloved figure on the streets of Falmouth. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

A building at Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters has been named in honour of a hugely popular Falmouth police officer.

PC Andy Hocking died suddenly in March last year. He was a well-loved presence in the town and thousands of people joined in a march in his memory at the time.

More than 6,000 people marched through the streets after PC Hocking's funeral Credit: ITV News

Now, the force has created a permanent reminder of the well-loved officer.

The PC Andy Hocking's building is dedicated to his memory.

PC Andy Hocking died in 2015 Credit: ITV News
"He made a difference with each and every step of his beat" Credit: ITV News

His family were at the opening ceremony today, where his brother Frank told us they were so proud of Andy, who gave so much to the people of Falmouth.


Investigation into police custody death

IPCC is investigating Credit: PA Images

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation following the death of a 35-year-old man in Devon & Cornwall Police custody.

Initial indications are that officers at Torquay custody suite noticed the man was unwell in his cell in the early hours of this morning (14 September 2016).

An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Torbay Hospital, but he sadly died.

After being notified by the force, the IPCC determined that an independent investigation should be carried out. Investigators are at Torquay Police Station today examining the scene and gathering relevant information.

The man is yet to be formally identified. A post mortem will take place in the coming days.

Warning after reports of man impersonating a police officer

Call 999 if you believe someone is impersonating an officer. Credit: PA

Police are asking the public to be vigilant after reports of a man impersonating a police officer in Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Police have had reports that a man has been in the Beacon Heath area of Exeter attempting to gain entrance to properties claiming that he is a police officer.

The man isn’t wearing a uniform and is using a handwritten ID.

Impersonating a police officer is a criminal offence. A genuine police officer will always take the time to reassure you of their identity. Always ask for their shoulder number which is unique to each officer, ask to see ID and call the police to confirm the officers identity if you are at all unsure or have any concerns.

We believe that he is targeting the elderly.

– Devon & Cornwall Police


  • white man
  • in his 40’s/50’s
  • very short dark hair
  • sometimes wearing a dark blue baseball cap
  • stocky build
  • around 5”8 tall

If you believe you have been approached by a person impersonating a police officer, please call 999.

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