PCSO told "stop Tweeting"

A Police Community Support Officer in Devon claims she's been told by her bosses to stop tweeting.

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New recruiting drive for 'special constables'

Police in Devon and Cornwall have started a recruitment drive for new special constables. Recruits have the same powers as regular officers, but work as volunteers. Duties include street patrols, gathering information in crime hostpots and helping out with crime prevention.

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Police help for bullying in schools

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched a new initiative to help schools with diversity and bullying. The scheme, Local Heroes, involves videos made by young victims of hate crime and discrimination. The films will be available online as part of the education package

Students from across the South West will work with Local Heroes at roadshows to talk about issues of race, gender, sexuality, and disability. Among those giving support to the scheme are Jon and Mat Price - victims of bullying and founders of the Totnes-based Proud2Be.

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Residents expected to return home in 'the next two hours'

Officers were called for an unrelated matter earlier on today at one of the addresses locally and whilst they were conducting their inquiries they came across some items that have given them some cause for concern as a result of that with safety of the public paramount we've called in expert help to make sure those items are safe and those inquiries are ongoing and in the next two hours we should be able to get people back into their houses."

– Insp Richard McLellan, Devon & Cornwall Police

Burglary arrests sparked investigation in Torquay

Latest picture of scene outside house in Torquay Credit: ITV News West Country

Officers made two arrests today in connection with burglary allegations that sparked today's incident in Torquay. Police discovered what's been described as an unexplained device at the terrace house, while on a separate investigation.

The Royal Navy bomb squad was called to Falloway Close at lunchtime, but since then crime officers and CID have moved in to investigate.

No controlled explosion has been carried out.

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