Devon & Cornwall police has suspended its policy of forcing officers with 30 years experience to take retirement with "immediate effect"
Police arrest man whose mother was found dead in Devon
A man and woman in their early twenties have been killed in a car crash in North Devon.
A Devon and Cornwall policewoman has appeared in court charged with covering up an arrest and hiding an offensive weapon on Dartmoor. Sarah Cohen, from Lifton, faced two charges when she appeared before North and East Devon magistrates court.
The 35 year old is accused of intending to pervert the course of public justice at Meldon in November 2011 by concealing an arrest and an offensive weapon. She is also charged with wilfully misconducting herself by carrying out the alleged acts while acting as a police officer.
The case was sent to crown court and Cohen was bailed until later this month when she will appear before a judge. She did not enter any pleas.
A force spokesman said: "Devon and Cornwall police Professional Standards Department are carrying out a criminal investigation supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the conduct of a police constable who is stationed in Cornwall.
Ms Cohen is currently suspended from duty.
A 31-year-old man from Exmouth has been convicted of the murder of his mother.
Andrew Cane will serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.
The body of 63-year-old Linda Sheard was found at her house in Port Mer Close, Exmouth last July.
I would like to thank Linda Sheard’s family for the assistance they have given the police in the difficult circumstances that they found themselves in.
This being that Andrew Cane, the offender for this murder was the victim’s son.
– Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe, Devon & Cornwall Police
We are very satisfied with the guilty verdict and the sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of fifteen years given out to Cane by his Honourable Judge Francis Gilbert, in what was an unprovoked violent assault on his mother which resulted in her death.
Andrew Canes actions have left a family grieving for the loss of a loving mother, daughter, auntie and grandmother, and three children without a father for at least fifteen years.
A man from Exmouth has been convicted of murdering his mother.
31-year-old Andrew Cane was ordered to serve 15 years for killing Linda Sheard.
Her body was found at her house in Brixington in Exmouth last July.
Devon and Cornwall police's dog section has bred their own pups for the first time.
German Shepherd Ruby gave birth to the litter earlier this week, and the force has set up a webcam to show their progress. It's hoped they'll eventually be trained as police dogs.
After an initial period with their mother, the puppies will go to family homes for twelve to eighteen months before being assessed for training. If successful, they'll then embark on an intensive 13-week course.
Watch the webcam here.
Police in Exeter are continuing to question nine men arrested on suspicion of downloading and distributing indecent images of children. Computer equipment was seized during a series of raids. The men arrested are aged between 26 and 78.
Police in the Plymouth area are seeking a 21year-old man who is wanted in connection with a recall to prison for a breach of his licence conditions.
Officers are looking for information for Jamie Muttram's whereabouts and asking him to turn himself in.
Police intend to arrest this man once he has been located as he has been recalled to prison.
Jamie Muttram, aged 21 is described as 6ft 1in tall and has brown hair. He has links to the Plymouth area.
Police are urging the public not to approach Muttram but to contact police via 101.
David Zinzan, the Deputy Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police talks about the force's campaign against alcohol-related violence over Christmas.
Devon and Cornwall Police have begun a poster campaign to get people to think about how drinking could affect their behaviour this Christmas. They say there's a dramatic increase in alcohol-related violence during the festive season.
Tony Hogg has now been the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall for a month. Jonty Messer has been looking into what the role involves and what challenges lie ahead.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has revealed that 1,048 complaints were lodged against Devon and Cornwall Police in the last year.