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Man on the run from police drowns in Plymouth

The man drowned in Sutton Harbour, Plymouth Credit: ITV News

A suspected bike thief has drowned as he was being pursued by police in Plymouth.

The unnamed man became trapped between a disused fishing boat and a harbour wall in Sutton Harbour shortly after six o'clock this morning.

Navy divers, police and the coastguard desperately tried to get to him, but his body was later recovered from the water.

"Police were called to reports of the theft of a bicycle from Citadel Road East in Plymouth around 6.10am.

A man was located by police but he made off and was followed by officers into Sutton Wharf.

The man was seen by members of the public to enter the water close to The China House pub around 6.30am.

He became trapped between a disused fishing vessel and the harbour wall.

Two lifeboats and the fire service water rescue team were deployed but were unable to reach the man due to his location. The Royal Navy dive team was deployed and have recovered the body of the man."

– Devon and Cornwall Police


Police hunt prolific petrol thief

The owner of a silver Vauxhall Zafira has filled up at least 29 times without paying Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police in Devon are hunting a prolific petrol thief who's been driving off without paying for two years - using fake number plates and wigs as a disguise.

The owner of a silver Vauxhall Zafira has filled up at least 29 times without spending a single penny. But thanks to an array of disguises detectives aren't certain if the suspect is a man or a woman.

Police track down criminal via picture posted on Facebook

Scott Kelly spent 7 years in prison for a stabbing in Exeter Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

An attempted murderer who went on the run has been caught after police tracked him down using a picture of a foreign sunset he posted on Facebook.

Scott Kelly spent seven years in prison for stabbing a pub drinker in Exeter but fled last October after he was released on probation.

The 33 year old slipped into Europe before posting pictures of himself enjoying a skiing holiday and relaxing in bars and restaurants with friends.

He was careful to evade detection by making sure there were no landmarks in the background.

But his holiday fun came to a halt after he uploaded a stunning photo of a sunset. Detectives gleaned vital clues from the beach in the foreground.

This was the photo that Scott Kelly posted on his Facebook page Credit: Facebook

After studying the palm-tree lined promenade and distinctive architecture they identified it as Alicante and tipped off authorities in Spain.

Spanish police spotted Kelly driving around the famed Costa Blanca holiday destination last month and arrested him.

He was held on a European Arrest Warrant and extradited back to the UK this week and sent back to prison.

Kelly was jailed in March 2005 for attempted murder after he knifed Stephen Rank in the back during a row in a bar in Exeter.

He served seven years but was released on a five-year licence in April last year and ordered to live in a bail hostel.

In October last year he defied probation authorities by fleeing the hostel and vanishing.

His whereabouts remained a mystery until a joint operation between police, Interpol and the National Crime Agency located the crucial "intelligence".

Detective Inspector Paul Fell of south-west-based organised crime unit Zephyr said it was the first time his unit had brought back a criminal from Spain via a European Arrest Warrant .

He said: "Probation made enquires to try and find him. But it quickly became clear he had breached his licence.

"We were able to point the Spanish police in the right direction. It was then up to them how they wanted to proceed.

"They don't like having British criminals living on the Spanish coast believing they are immune from the authorities so they were more than helpful. Once we had got the warrant they were very keen to detain him.

"I am sure that Scott Kelly went to Spain and was living the high life thinking he was untouchable. Many more may feel the same - but they are not.

"We will find offenders and bring them back to serve out the rest of their sentence."

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman added: "It became clear during the investigation that Kelly had an utter disregard for not only the judicial system but the conditions imposed by the probation service, and felt he was untouchable in Spain.

"The extradition of Kelly demonstrates that the force will work with regional and international law enforcement agencies to ensure that people who feel that they are above the law will be returned to the UK to serve out their sentence."

Have you seen Katie Alexander?

Katie Alexander has been missing since Sunday evening Credit: ITV News

Police have issued a missing persons alert for Katie Alexander from Brixham.

She was last seen at Petitor Road in Torquay at around 9.40pm on Sunday 5 October.

Katie is white, of slim build, 5”2 tall, short straight red hair and has blue eyes. She was believed to be wearing a white sweater, blue jeans, white and blue trainers with a red flash, and also possibly also carrying a pale grey hoodie.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have seen Katie or knows of her whereabouts to contact them.

Chief Constable for Devon & Cornwall to face Q&A

Devon & Cornwall's PCC Tony Hogg (L) and Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer (R) at a press conference Credit: ITV Westcountry

Shaun Sawyer, the Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall will face questions from local people in a new look meeting hosted by the Police and Crime Commissioner.

Tony Hogg will use his regular performance and accountability meetings to ask questions on behalf of the public. The meeting takes place at County Hall in Exeter this afternoon and will also be shared on line.


Police Tweetathon highlights toll of alcohol consumption on the emergency services

A total of 43 people are in police custody after a night of alcohol related disorder across Devon and Cornwall.

Officers dealt with a total of 374 incidents between 8pm on Friday and 3am on Saturday.

These included a number of drunk drivers, several drink-related accidents, and six drunk men fighting near Exeter St David's Station.

The aim of the Tweetathon was to help the public understand the variety and quantity of calls received by the emergency services and the resources needed to deal with alcohol-related incidents.

These included a number of drunk drivers, several drink-related accidents, and six drunk men fighting near Exeter St David's Station.

It's estimated around 40% of all calls to police during the night are to report alcohol-related incidents.

Eight charged after investigation into human trafficking in Plymouth

Eight people have been charged following a major police investigation into human trafficking and modern slavery in Plymouth and Cornwall.

The five women and three men are charged with conspiracy to traffick persons into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation. They will appear before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court this morning (19 September). Those charged are:

  • Lenka Cmejlova, 32, of Union Street, Plymouth.
  • Jiri Sebelik, 37, of Union Street, Plymouth.
  • Martin Tancos, 35, of Saltash Road, Plymouth.
  • Katerina Kuriova, 35, of Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth.
  • Nela Dzurkova, 26, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth.
  • Petr Tancos, 35, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth
  • Sandra Tancosova, 25, of Flora Court, Plymouth
  • Ruzena Tancosova, 34, of Union Street, Plymouth

The eight people were arrested on Tuesday by police in a joint operation to tackle slavery and human trafficking.

Eight suspected victims of human trafficking were recovered by police and partner agencies and remain in the care of Plymouth City Council, The Salvation Army and the British Red Cross.

Police given more time to question 8 over slavery offences

Police have been given another 36 hours to question eight people on suspicion of human trafficking offences.

Eight suspected victims from the Czech republic were found during raids in Plymouth and Bodmin earlier this week. The men have been taken to a reception centre and are being interviewed by specially trained officers. Five women and three men arrested during the raids are being held in Plymouth.

Eight arrested on suspicion of trafficking remain in custody

Eight arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and slavery remain in custody Credit: ITV West Country

Eight people arrested yesterday in connection with an investigation into slavery and human trafficking remain in custody. Police say they've now completed their searches of all of the addresses.

Police arrested eight people, five women and three men, on suspicion of trafficking people into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation and on suspicion of money laundering.

Eight men, all suspected victims of human trafficking and Czech nationals, were recovered to safety and have been taken to a reception centre. Thirteen children, thought to be linked to the suspects, were found at the addresses by police and social services and have now been taken to a place of safety.

The simultaneous raids were part of Operation Triage, the largest operation of its kind carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies into adult labour exploitation.

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