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Police's handling of complaints 'remains inconsistent'
Devon and Cornwall Police's handling of complaints remains inconsistent, the police watchdog has announced.
Figures released by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is calling for the complaints system to be simplified across the country.
The IPCC says just over 34,000 complaints were recorded across the country last year, an almost identical figure to the year before. But there's a great deal of variation between forces, both in the number of complaints and the way they are handled.
Devon and Cornwall recorded 1,188. Just over half were investigated by the force, and 34% were dealt with through local resolution.
The watchdog says there will be significant changes to the police complaints system in 2018, including a greater role for police and crime commissioners, who will decide on appeals that do not go to the IPCC.
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said the force is reviewing the figures and will publish a response later.
Cable urges investment in South West rail and broadband
Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable has called for a "massive injection" of infrastructure investment in the South West including in railways and broadband.
In a speech today at his party's autumn conference the former business secretary set out policies to tackle regional inequality and rebalance the economy, including boosting investment in railways, broadband and housing.
He said: "We need to lift Britain from what at present is a dangerous over-dependence on property markets and banks in the South East corner of England."
Schoolchildren fill container with aid for Sierra Leone malaria village
Managers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are still urging people to avoid the emergency department at Treliske if they're seeking treatment for non-urgent medical conditions.
This morning the hospital's emergency department was saying people could be waiting more than three hours.
Now it's gone down to more than two hours 40 minutes but bosses are urging people to consider alternative services for less urgent conditions such as the Urgent Care Centre in Penzance, minor injury units, GPs, and pharmacies.
The trust also says if people can support their relatives or friends to be discharged more quickly when they are ready to go home it would help ease the situation.