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Devon and Cornwall police to lose 800 jobs

How many officers will be left on the streets after the cuts? Credit: ITV West Country News

Devon and Cornwall police say they will have to lose 800 jobs over the next four years.

They have to make £44 million worth of cuts by 2019, with control rooms and administrative roles joining the Dorset police force.

However Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg is concerned that the cuts will take the number of police officers below the minimum he believes is necessary.


George Osborne sets sail in Newquay to win votes

The Chancellor getting to grips with spider crabs Credit: ITV West Country News

The Chancellor was getting to grips with spider crabs this morning as the Conservative launches a major campaign to win votes in key marginal seats.

The Newquay seat was won by a majority of 1300 in what was a new seat in the 2010 election . The boat he was on was called the Reaper.

Ominous for the Conservatives? The boat was called Reaper Credit: ITV West Country News


Police say missing teenager could be near Torquay

Ryan Ranson has been missing since last Tuesday Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are continuing to search for a teenager from Ivybridge who has been missing since last Tuesday.

Ryan Ranson was last seen after he was dropped off at work at Devonport Dockyard. His family say his disappearance is completely out of character.

Officers believe the 17-year-old may be in the Torquay area after his bank card was used at a cash point machine on The Strand on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are urging people to come forward who have any information about Ryan's whereabouts.

He may have used public transport to get to Torquay from Plymouth, and we are appealing to anyone who has seen him or knows where he is now to get in touch.

– Jonathan Ross, Devon & Cornwall Police

Chancellor to set out economic plan for South West

George Osborne will set out the economic plan for the South West Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

George Osborne is in the South West this morning and is expected to unveil his long term plans for the the region.

The Chancellor who is meeting with fishermen in Newquay will be joined by The Prime Minister later on today.

The plan will set measures to get over 150,000 more people into work, and increase the size of the regional economy in real terms by £6.4bn by 2030 (the equivalent of over £1000 per person). He will also announce £10m of funding for projects across the region through the coastal communities fund. The Chancellor will say that by working through a long term plan 'the future is bright in the south west'

– HM Treasury Spokesperson

Hundreds take part in vigil at Tamerton Foliot

Hundreds take part in vigil at Tamerton Foliot Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of people took part in a moving candlelit vigil to pay tribute to Tanis Bhandari, who died after an alleged axe attack on New Year’s Day in Devon.

Around 300 friends, relatives, villagers and strangers walked silently down the steep hill from Tanis’s family home in Tamerton Foliot, near Plymouth, to the meadow next to the Kings Arms public house, where the 27-year-old had spent the evening seeing in the New Year.

They were led by his family and close friends.

Two men are due to stand trial later this year accused of his murder.

Tanis Bhandari is remembered in a candle light vigil Credit: ITV News

Concern after pony shot with cross bow on Dartmoor

Pony shot with a cross bow on Dartmoor Credit: South West Equine Protection

Horse owners on Dartmoor are being warned to check their animals, after a pony was shot in the leg with a cross bow.

The pony was found near Yelverton with an arrow stuck in it's leg on Thursday. Equine Welfare Officers and the pony's owners managed to remove it and treat the animal.

People who may have seen anything or anyone acting suspiciously are asked to contact the police.

South West Equine Protection spokesperson: "We are all very concerned that there is someone out there brandishing a lethal weapon and using it to injure an innocent animal, and then leaving it to suffer unnecessarily. We are now trying to find any information from people that may have witnessed the incident or seen anyone acting suspiciously around the area."

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