Latest news from Western Morning News - Crime feed

Latest news from Western Morning News - Crime feed

  1. Watch police and fire sevice experts point out the everyday risks...

    Devon is in the middle of a heat wave, with temperatures higher than Magaluf and Venice, but the emergency services are warning that while you're enjoying the sunshine in your garden or frying up your onions to go with the barbecue burgers, your personal safety could be at risk. At this time of year, the police see an increase in break-ins, because in the nicer weather people leave their window or back door open, or leave the front door unlocked while they are in their garden. READ…
  2. Thieves snatched valuable silver chalice from historic Exeter...

    A 350-year-old silver chalice has been returned to its rightful place after being stolen from an historic Exeter church.The communion chalice was taken from the safe of St Stephen's Church in Exeter High Street in 2016.The church - which has stood for 1,000 years - was distraught at the loss of the important link to its history and there were fears the item would never be recovered.But following a police investigation a woman was arrested and she has now appeared in court charged with…
  3. Elderly man hit with metal crutches in 'brutal and cowardly'...

    Police are appealing for witnesses after an elderly man was attacked by "a group of youths" wielding metal crutches. The assault took place at 7pm on Saturday, June 17, at the War Memorial on Church Road in Ilfracombe. The victim, who was on holiday, is an elderly disabled man who was sitting in the area of the War Memorial when he was set upon by a group of youths after he had phoned the Police to report their disruptive behaviour.Police described the main offender as a white…
  4. Teen denies raping girl, 17, after she fell asleep

    A teenager has denied raping a 17-year-old girl after she fell asleep in his bedroom. Jordan Chapman allegedly pulled down the girl's pyjama trousers and assaulted the girl after she dozed off while watching television with him. She pretended to be asleep because she did not know what to do but eventually told him to stop when he started hurting her, Exeter Crown Court was told. Chapman, aged 19, of Great Headland Road, Paignton, denies rape and two counts of assault by…
  5. Opinion: 'Unite against hate' says Devon crime czar Alison...

    Alison Hernandez is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Like many of you, I am deeply shocked and saddened by the recent spate of terrorist incidents that have beset our country over the past few months and taken too many precious lives. Just this week we woke again to another – with reports of a van driven into crowds outside Finsbury Park Mosque as people were leaving prayers. In amongst all of this tragedy we have seen heroic acts from…
  6. Man who met woman on dating app became abusive, controlling and...

    A man who met a woman on a dating app moved into her home, took over her life and sexually assaulted her - a court has heard. Kirk Anthony has gone on trial accused of attacking the woman after they met through the Kik app and he moved to her home in Okehampton to live with her. His behaviour changed as soon as they started a relationship and he became bullying, dominant, and abusive, Exeter Crown Court was told. He allegedly called her a slag, whore and slut, banned her from…
  7. Sentence delayed again for drug dealing couple

    The sentence of a couple who sold heroin in South Devon has been delayed for a third time so they can be assessed for drug rehabilitation treatment. James Martin and Kelly Woodward were caught with drugs and £7,930 when police raided their home near Newton Abbot in December 2015. Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC adjourned both sentences for four weeks after hearing that an assessment by advisers from the addiction service Rise has not been carried out. They are due to see…
  8. Man accused of murder is moved to mental health unit

    A man who is accused of murdering his partner is to be transferred from prison to a mental health unit. Dean Lowe is alleged to have killed 32-year-old former Torquay woman Kirsty Noden, who has not been seen since she disappeared from their home in Marazion, Cornwall, in January. Lowe was too unwell to appear at a trial preparation hearing at Exeter Crown Court and is due to be moved from the remand wing of Exeter Prison to Langdon Hospital in Dawlish. The 32-year-old, of St…
  9. Man wanted for knife-point robbery

    Police are hunting a man who robbed a 31-year-old for £20 using a Stanley-type knife. The man made off with the cash after a robbery behind Poundland in Cornwal Street, Plymouth at 2pm on May 26. He is described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and wearing a grey tracksuit. He was carrying a JJB Sports carrier bag. Officers are appealing for witnesses and asking anyone with information to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by telephone on 101, quoting crime…
  10. Devon and Cornwall Police's most wanted: Faces of the 21 men on...

    These are the faces of the 21 people on the run from police. The crime charity Crimestoppers issues a rolling list of the region's most wanted and that's been bolstered by Operation Zephyr - The Southwest Regional Organised Crime Unit.Both have a rogues gallery of people they are trying to trace. In the case of Operation Zephyr it is those who have disappeared despite still owing money to the courts. The pages lists criminals from various areas across the UK, that are chosen by police…
  11. 55-year-old arrested after racial incident in Exeter shopping...

    A 55-year-old man has been arrested after police were called to dealwith a racially aggravated incident in the middle of Exeter on Saturday afternoon. Police attended reports of an incident taking place at the CHADOS Deli, Princesshay, between 12.30pm and 1pm on Saturday. A customer allegedly became abusive towards staff andolice are investigating a racially aggravated public order offence. Officers are appealing for any witnesses that saw or heard the incident to call police…
  12. Cliff Richard case is making investigating Devon criminals harder

    An Exeter defence lawyer is concerned that criminal cases could get 'lost in the ether' after changes to rules which he branded a 'scandal'. Solicitor Peter Seigne says this is as a result of cases including the Cliff Richard inquiry where the singer was kept on bail for nearly two years before being 'released' with no charges brought. Police can now only bail suspects for 28 days unless there are exceptional cases. Suspects are now being 'released under investigation'…
  13. Wanted man vows to hand himself in after weekend with new...

    A man wanted by police after running away from court as he was about to be jailed for four weeks says he will hand himself in after spending the weekend with his new girlfriend. Toby Corden was jailed in his absence after fleeing court just before he could be sentenced for breaching a domestic violence prevention order. He has taken to social media to say he is at home, sprting out his rent and spending time with his new partner. Corden, 44, said: "I'm not gonna lose my…
  14. Police reveal why road has to close for 14 hours after crash

    Police have revealed why a major Devon road had to be closed for 14 hours after a triple death crash in horrendous weather.Three young men from Plymouth on their way home from work in Exeter died in a crash on the A38 earlier this month.An official complaint has been registered with police by a driver who was delayed for several hours as a result of the crash - which came just before evening rush hour.The A38 near Plymouth was closed until 7am the next morning. Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk…
  15. Company fined £130,000 after death of south Devon man

    An employer has been fined after the death of a south Devon man who spent 20 minutes trapped 45 up in the air between a cherry picker and a roofing beam.Keith Stevens, from Newton Abbot, died as collegues desperately tried to free him after the accident at Devonport Dockyard in Plymouth.The 57 year old was in the cherry picker basket above a dry dock at the yard, plymouthherald reports. Two men climbed up to the roof to try to help Keith in the accident in October 2013.Judge Ian Lawrie…
  16. Cannabis could be growing wild across Devon, say police

    Police say wild crops of cannabis could be growing in fields across Devon after they found a second plantation within seven days. A week ago police found cannabis growing in a field in Tamerton, to the north of Plymouth, and have now found another east of the city in Plympton. Pc Greg Rendle, neighbourhood beat manager for Plympton, revealed he and a group of Special Constables ripped up more than 20 cannabis plants growing in a field of Plympton Hill, reports…
  17. Tributes for brave Leyna, who reported her stepdad's abuse but...

    A woman who worked up the courage to speak out 30 years after repeatedly being abused by her step-father, then waived her anonymity to help other victims, has taken her own life. Leyna Tucker, 47, was repeatedly sexually abused by her step-father when she was a child. After the revelations of the Jimmy Savile scandal she had the courage to report her own historical sexual abuse and in 2015 her father Andrew Fulcher was jailed for four years. Her husband John Tucker, 59, has…
  18. Man arrested in murder probe is released

    Police have released a man arrested in suspicion of murder pending further investigations. A 54-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death of a 64-year-old woman who suffered unexplained injuries. The woman died in Honicknowle, Plymouth on May 25. On Friday night the man was released on bail, with conditions to reside out of the city. The investigation, codenamed Operation Diploma, is being led by senior detectives. Anyone who can assist with the investigation can…
  19. Woman, 24, has life-changing injuries after crash

    A 24-year-old woman who was a passenger in a car which crashed on Saturday has been left with life-changing injuries after being cut from the wreck. The 32-year-old driver of the blue BMW 525 has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. Emergency services were sent to Stonehouse Bridge in Plymouth on Saturday morning, reports plymouthherald. A police spokesman said: "We were called to the scene shortly after 7am following reports from a member of the public who saw a vehicle…
  20. Thieves take £4,000 charity cash in burglary

    Thieves have broken into a Devon community shop, stealing a safe and ransacking another - as well as raiding a till - and made off with thousands of pounds destined for charity. Burglars broke in to the Devonport Live Centre in Granby Street, Plymouth, on Friday night or Saturday morning. A charity box was among the items stolen, as thieves made off with around £4,000 reports plymouthherald. Manager Sarah Brown said: "The back door has been wedged open somehow…