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Training to help sex workers 'should be supported'

Harriet Bradshaw

BBC South West

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A mistrust of the police and support services means sex workers in Devon and Cornwall are failing to report abusive and violent predators who pose a risk to the wider public, it's claimed.

A national charity said reports of abuse were a fraction of the actual crimes committed because of a breakdown in trust between victims and the authorities. Now front line services such as the police are being trained to support sex workers better.

Sex worker Charlotte Rose said it was a positive step forward.

She said: "If they are prepared in trying to create a relationship with sex workers so they do have that trust, so they would be able to go to them in the first instance, then that would be absolutely fantastic and that is something that we should all support."

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were committed to supporting people who had been abused, regardless of their profession, and they urged victims to come forward.

Man assaulted and taken to cash machine by robbers

Police have appealed for witnesses after a 31-year-old man was assaulted by two other men before being taken to a cash machine to withdraw money in Plymouth.

Officers said the victim was attacked and robbed on Wednesday 15 November following an altercation with at least two men outside the Switch Bar on North Hill at about 05:30.

Three men were then seen walking together through the North Cross underpass at about 05:50, and along the subway towards the railway station, before the victim was seen using a cash machine at the front of the railway station with another man stood close at his shoulder at about 06:00.

Police said they were keen to trace a woman who was walking in the underpass at the time and stopped to turn around and look at the group.

Stolen car hauled from quarry

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

A car has been hauled from a Dartmoor quarry after it was reportedly stolen from a Tavistock dealer.

Divers from Devon and Cornwall Police said it was winched out of the water on Monday once they had made the discovery.

Car winched from quarry
Devon and Cornwall Police

DRB Car Sales told the BBC it was one of four cars stolen during a break in on 6 October amounting to a value of about £20,000.

The other vehicles were found "burnt out on moors and in another quarry," a spokesman said.

Police say no arrests have yet been made.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in three-vehicle crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash near Camborne, police say.

Officers said a 125cc Honda bike was being ridden from the direction of Connor Downs, towards Camborne, on the old A30 Roseworthy Hill, when the crash happened at about 16:45 on Monday.

The bike initially clipped a Kia Sportage coming in the opposite direction before "substantially colliding" with a Peugeot Bipper van also travelling in the opposite direction, police said.

The 21-year-old rider, who is local, was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with "significant injuries which are believed to be life-changing but not life-threatening".

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Police commissioner to face another no confidence motion

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez is due to face another no confidence motion by a South West council later.

Following similar votes at Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council, today's motion before Cornwall Council has been tabled by a Labour councillor with Liberal Democrat support.

It highlights concerns over cuts to the number of PCSOs and previous comments about armed civilians and terrorists.

Conservative Ms Hernandez said it was "political mischief making", and that she had made £24m available to increase police officer numbers.

Alison Hernandez

Sex workers 'don't report abuse because of lack of trust'

BBC Spotlight

Sex worker. Pic: Getty Images
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There are concerns sex workers in Devon and Cornwall are failing to report abusive and violent predators who pose a risk to the wider public because they don't trust the police and support services.

Verbal abuse, stalking and violent sexual assault are just some of the incidents reported by sex workers here to the charity National Ugly Mugs.

But it said the reports were a fraction of the actual crimes committed because victims did not trust the authorities.

Now front line services such as the police are being trained to support sex workers more effectively.

Insp Dave Meredith, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said the force was committed to supporting people who've been abused - regardless of their profession - and urged victims to come forward.

Police in Brixham seized van containing drugs

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Police in Brixham have seized a van that "attempted to evade" the team.

Officers said on Facebook that the vehicle was found abandoned at Longcroft Drive at about 20:10 on Sunday.

They added: "It transpires that the van had been notified as off-road and had no insurance. The van was seized along with the controlled drugs that were found within it."

Brixham van. Pic: Brixham Police/Facebook
Brixham Police/Facebook

Three police officers 'assaulted in 24 hours'

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The Devon and Cornwall branch of the Police Federation represents officers up the rank of inspector.

Penlee Point fall: Girl's injuries 'not life-threatening'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

A teenage girl who fell on to rocks and into water near Mousehole has suffered head and hip injuries, police say.

The 16-year-old girl is in hospital after falling 20ft on to rocks at Penlee Point on Sunday afternoon. It's understood she hit rocks and ended up in shallow water.

A 15-year-old boy, who saw her fall, raised the alarm before going into the sea to keep her above the water until help arrived.

She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the girl's injuries were "not thought to be life-threatening".

Three in hospital after three-vehicle crash at Landrake

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Three people are in hospital following a three-vehicle crash near Landrake on the A38, police have said.

Officers arrived at the scene on the A38 at about 15:10 on Saturday.

The three vehicles involved were a Volkswagen Golf, a Volkswagen Passat and a Citroen C4 Picasso.

The male driver of the Golf and a female passenger sustained serious injuries and remain in Derriford hospital for treatment, police said.

The male driver of the Passat is also in hospital in a serious condition.

Police are appealing for dashcam footage and witnesses.