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Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Devon and Cornwall police dog display team, together with a selection of police puppies will be showcasing their skills which they learn as part of their police training in the main arena at the Devon County Show.

The police dog display team will be will be used in a firearms scenario with gun fire where the dogs will be used to detain an armed person.

They will also demonstrate a search situation and emergency recall where a dog is sent in error to a detained person.

The puppies will be showing the crowds their newly learned skills in the agility and obedience classes.

Police dog Brodie will also be attending as the Devon and Cornwall Police guest of honour.

Brodie, from the police puppy scheme who had both hips replaced earlier this year will be on hand to meet the public at the police stand with his puppy walkers and Police Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon.

Brodie was brought into the world by the breeding programme run by Devon and Cornwall Police.

‘Bionic Brodie’ as he has affectionately been known, captured the hearts of the public when it was confirmed the only way that Brodie could lead a pain free life was if both hips were replaced after a diagnosis of chronic hip dysplasia.

He healed nicely after the first operation and is expected to be fully recovered in about eight weeks.

– Paul Glennon, Police Canine Development Officer

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90 weapons handed in under Dorset gun amnesty

Dorset Police ran a two-week gun surrender campaign to encourage anyone holding an illegal weapon to hand it in safely.

The initiative was aimed at local people in the community who wished to hand in unwanted firearms and help take guns out of circulation permanently.

A total of 93 firearms were surrendered to stations across Dorset during the campaign, along with a large amount of ammunition.

  • 31 handguns
  • 11 air rifles
  • 27 shot guns
  • 7 air pistols
  • 6 BB guns
  • 4 replica guns
  • 5 rifles
  • 1 humane killer
  • 1 bird scarer

We are extremely pleased at the success of this firearms surrender and would like to thank everyone who took part. The vast majority of these surrendered firearms were not being used in criminal activity. Our aim is to stop guns falling into the wrong hands. Every gun given up is one less that poses a threat or that criminals can potentially get hold of. I would like to remind residents that Dorset is a very safe place to live with very low levels of gun-related crime. Levels of illegally held firearms are low but this surrender was a real opportunity for members of the public to relinquish any weapons that may be outside the law.

– Operational Support Superintendent Nicky Searle

78 charged with drink and drug driving offences

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Dorset police have charged 78 people with drink or drug driving-related offences since the 1st June.

It's all part of the forces summer campaign that includes an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks. Anyone charged with a drive or drug related offence before the end of the month will have their names and court appearance details released to the media.

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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Torquay bomb alert - recovered items were not dangerous

Investigations into a suspicious device found at a house in Torquay yesterday, have revealed the items were not dangerous. Officers evacuated the property in Falloway Close and the bomb disposal team was called out.

Police are still questioning a woman and two men at Torquay Police Station in connection with the incident.

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