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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.

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
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