Private security staff are taking on some police roles in Dorset from today.
The company Securitas Limited will be guarding major crime scenes as part of a four month trial. Police chiefs say it will free up officers for front line duties.
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.
The body of a man has been found in a van parked in Plymstock. The discovery of the man, who's thought to be local and in his 20s, was made by ambulance staff in Radford Park Road yesterday. His death is being treated as unexplained.
Avon & Somerset Police are appealing for spectators with video or photos of the fatal accident to contact them.
The crash happened as 23-year-old cyclist Junior Heffernan from Yelverton in Devon came round a bend during the Severn Bridge Road Race.
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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.
Police are investigating a suspcious device that was found in the back garden of a house in Torquay. Residents were evacuated after a bomb disposal team was called to Falloway Close this afternoon - tonight the cordon has been lifted. Tamsin Eames reports.
A number of homes have been evacuated after Police were called to investigate a suspicious device found in the back garden of a house in Torquay.
People were told to stay away from the Falloway Close area around lunchtime today, and a bomb disposal team was called.
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."
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.