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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.

Hair salon in Dawlish floods after storm

Hair salon in Dawlish floods after storm Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Lawrence

Claire's hair salon in Dawlish was flooded out this morning after storm passed through Devon last night.

The owner of the salon, Heather Hartup, says it's happened every two years since 2003. She believes storm drains that had clogged up may have been responsible.


Lightning strikes Police Communications in Devon

A lightning strike has damaged Police Communications at Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters in Exeter.

It hit a mast this morning and has caused what the Police says is "significant disruption to telephony services". As a result in order to keep disruption to a minimum all telephone calls to police are being diverted to the Plymouth control room.

All 999 calls will be answered as a priority.

People are being asked to keep telephone contact to a minimum and that non urgent contact is made through the Force internet service until normal service is resumed.

West Country needs to make sure it 'doesn't lose out' because of promises made to Scotland

The leader of Devon County Council says the West Country needs to make sure it 'doesn't lose out' because of promises made to Scotland by the Government.

John Hart is the chair of South West Councils, which represents 41 local authorities in the region.

I am really glad that the United Kingdom isn’t going to be broken up. But we now have to ensure that Devon and the South West doesn’t lose out because of the promises made by the Westminster parties to Scotland.

Last week we were being urged to fly the Saltire. But I intend to keep on flying the flag for Devon.

We in the South West already lose out to Scotland because of a funding agreement reached by the Labour Government in the 1970’s worth about £2,000 per head.

We’re also facing unprecedented spending cuts in Devon and we can’t afford to have any more cash siphoned off to other parts of the country.

There’ve been promises made in the heat of the election campaign in Scotland. What the parties at Westminster have to remember is that there’s a General Election next May for the whole of Britain. The main parties can’t afford to be seen to penalise voters in Devon to benefit the Scots.

That’s a message I will be giving all our MPs and candidates very firmly over the coming months. We want a fair deal for Devon.

– John Hart, leader of Devon County Council


Police 'tweetathon' to show scale of alcohol problem

Police in Devon and Cornwall will be taking to social media tonight in an attempt to show the extent of alcohol-related incidents they deal with.

Beginning at 8pm and continuing until 2am, the 'tweetathon' on Twitter will also include advice for people affected by alcohol-related crime. It's estimated that 40% of calls to police during the evening and at night are to report alcohol-related incidents.

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