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Police drop forced retirement policy

Devon & Cornwall police has suspended its policy of forcing officers with 30 years experience to take retirement with "immediate effect"

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Policewoman charged with covering up arrest

A policewoman has appeared in court charged with covering up an arrest Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

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.

Man jailed for life after killing his mother

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.

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.

– Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe, Devon & Cornwall Police

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Police's first pups get very own webcam

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 Plymouth looking for man after breaching licence conditions

Jamie Muttram has links to the Plymouth area Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

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.

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