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~ Neighbourhood Watch ~


Everyone tries to look out for each other in this Parish, plus there is a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme run by Peter Bradley. Anyone wishing to know more can be in touch via this website, or with Peter direct.

Beneath is the Live Feed, as issued by Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, for those interested in knowing more about the broader West Country region.

 

Live Feed, Issued by Devon & Cornwall Police :

 

Murder investigation, Gittisham

Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a woman’s body in farm buildings in Gittisham, near Honiton, on Friday 3 January.

Emergency services were called at around 10.45pm.

Sadly, Katherine Bevan, aged 53 and from Gittisham, was declared deceased at the scene.

Her next-of-kin have been informed.

A post-mortem was completed on Saturday 18 January at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. 

As a consequence, officers from the Major Crime Team based in Exeter have launched a murder investigation. 

A 26-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody at this time.

Anyone who feels they have information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101, quoting reference 817 of 03/03/2020. 


Devon and Cornwall Police release images in historic rape appeal

Detectives have released e-fit images of two witnesses who may hold vital information about the reported rape of a teenage girl by a group of men, believed to be sportsmen, in Plymouth more than 40 years ago.

Police are investigating the reported non-recent crimes against the 17-year-old who was subjected to multiple rapes by a number of men. It is believed they were visiting Plymouth from South Wales and were from a touring sports team.

The offences took place on a Saturday in late January or early February in 1978 at the now closed Strathmore Hotel in Elliot Street.

The victim and her friend had been out socialising in the Safari Club (now known as the Notte Inn) in Plymouth when they met a man, believed to be in his 20s. He said he was a maths teacher and was part of a sports team on tour from South Wales.

The girl left her friend and went with the teacher to his room at the Strathmore Hotel. Around an hour later a large group of men, believed to have been known to the teacher, barged into the room and the victim was subjected to multiple rapes. The men who committed the offence were all described as white, clean shaven and believed to be in their 20s.

Afterwards, during the early evening, the teacher and another man visited the Duke of Cornwall Hotel with the traumatised girl and her friend. Police are trying to trace these two men as vital witnesses and the victim has helped create e-fit images of them.

Detective Superintendent Jo Hall, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “I believe these men are the key to identifying the individuals who carried out this horrendous attack as it is clear that the group of men are known to each other.

“We must remember that these images are based on the men in 1978, over 40 years ago, so they would have changed considerably in that time and are likely to be in their 60s now. I would like to hear from anyone who recognises these men and I would remind the public that I am seeking these men as witnesses to a horrific crime upon a young female.”

As part of the investigation Devon and Cornwall Police are also appealing for the help of anyone who was working or staying at the hotel at the time of the offences:  

  • Did you work at the Strathmore Hotel in January/February 1978?
  • Did you stay at the Strathmore Hotel in January or February 1978?
  • Did you regularly visit the Strathmore Hotel at that time? 

Detective Supt Hall added: “These offences have had a significant impact upon the life of this woman and they remain with her to this day.


“Although this happened over 40 years ago there is every likelihood that allegiances have changed in that time and now is the time to do the right thing. If you recognise either of these men or have any information about these offences or who could have committed them please contact us. I need the help of the public to trace the men responsible.” 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Devon and Cornwall Police by calling the incident room on 0800 096 1233 if calling from the UK or internationally on 0207 158 0197, quoting crime reference number CR/023620/15.

You can also report online via a dedicated appeal page: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/50DC19M19-PO1

Information can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org


Burglary, Braunton

Police in North Devon are appealing for information following a burglary at a family-run takeaway restaurant in Braunton.

The break-in took place at Surf & Turf on Caen Street, at around 2am on Sunday 19 January and involved the thief smashing the glass front door to gain entry.

Around £2,300 was stolen and hundreds of pounds worth of damage caused in the incident which has had considerable impact on the family.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the incident, or may have any information which could assist officers with their investigation, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference CR/005224/20.