The Police and
Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall will head to
London this month to argue that the force should receive an additional £15m to
compensate it for the cost of policing a "summer surge" of visitors.
Hernandez says the force is put under additional strain because the
two counties host more domestic visitors than any other.
Grant Application is being finalised by staff at the PCC’s office.
detailed facts and figures that explain the additional pressures placed on
officers and staff between April and September.
The tourism sector is vitally important to the South West, and contributes at least £300m a year to the Treasury through VAT. This application is about trying to get some of that money back so we can help to keep visitors and our resident population safe. We have invested heavily in additional resources like a rural and wildlife crime team, collaborations with other blue light services and additional roads policing teams to help to cope with a rise in requests for help because of the summer surge."
Local shops milk project aims to reduce plastic packaging
Seventeen independently-owned shops across Devon and Somerset have started offering a new way of buying milk - without plastic packaging.
Customers at shops that offer the service across East, North and Mid Devon can take along their own reusable jugs or bottles to refill from a milk machine - which is topped up by local dairy farm, Gundenham Dairy each day.
It's hoped the move will encourage shoppers to think about the environment - whilst supporting a local business.
We get the milk delivered every day. We're going through about four cartons which holds about 24 pints. It comes fresh every day. I wanted to get something that would help everybody start using less plastic."
Delays to superfast broadband 'short-changing' rural Devon
Campaigners are reacting angrily to further delays in bringing superfast broadband to the most rural parts of Devon and Somerset.
The company responsible for the publicly funded roll-out, Gigaclear has lost its contract.
The Connecting Devon and Somerset Partnership says it will now start the process of finding a new provider.
It means the scheme is potentially four years behind schedule.
In a statement, it said it was working hard to agree a revised plan and it was "disappointed" not to be able to progress.
For businesses to do things like tax returns, VAT etc - the government expects it to be done online these days. Again, it's this dichotomy between rural and urban areas where rural areas are being short-changed."
Councillor attacks management after resigning
Local Democracy Reporting Service
A blistering attack on East Devon District Council’s management has been launched by a councillor who resigned from group running the council.
Councillor Paul Millar, who represents the Exmouth Halsdon ward, quit the Independent Group on Monday night.
In an email announcing his departure from the group, Councillor Millar said he found working with the Senior Management Team and trying to have any influence over his transformation portfolio to be impossible, that he had no confidence in the senior management, and that the Independent Group has little desire to change anything really at all.
His resignation from the group means that they are no longer the largest party on the council, with both them and the Conservatives having 19 seats each.
In a response, Councillor Ben Ingham, leader of the council, said he thanked Councillor Millar for his contribution but that the "personal and unfounded comments" do not help advance understanding of the work carried out by East Devon District Council’s officers and councillors.
It is understood that Councillor Millar had been sacked from his transformation portfolio role by Councillor Ingham prior to his resignation from the group.
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Councillor Millar confirmed he would remain a member of the council and would sit as an Independent.
Devon and Cornwall weather: Spells of sunshine expected
Patches of low cloud and any light drizzle will clear towards the south coast and it'll become brighter with spells of sunshine developing more widely through Friday morning.
Light or moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel a little cooler.
Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).
Cornwall and Devon weather: Some rain before turning drier
Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell described the "positive" report as a "reflection of the hard work" of custody staff.
ACC Colwell said "further investments" had been made into a "state-of-the-art policing hub and custody centre" in Exeter.
Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to be leading the world with some of the safety equipment that we have installed in our custody. Treating those in custody with dignity, care and respect is not only ethical and the right thing to do, but is more likely to influence positive outcomes for victims and witnesses."
Custody staffing and overtime required 'improvement'
Sexual grooming crimes in Devon and Cornwall have almost doubled with record numbers of children being targeted on social media, according to police.
More than 100 offences were recorded across the two counties last year whereas the previous year it was about 50.
Officers said many of the victims were under the age of 11.
The NSPCC said social media platform Instagram is especially being used to target children.
It added it wants the government to bring in new laws to make accounts more private and stop online grooming.
Report into police custody finds 'gaps' in data
BBC News Online
An unannounced inspection of the running of police custody suites in Devon and Cornwall has been released, concluding the force was "generally delivering good outcomes for detainees".
However, the report did outline a "cause of concern" around the data collation and monitoring, describing the process as "insufficient" and having "gaps" which led to "inaccurate and unreliable" data in several areas.
The report recommended the service must collate "accurate data on all areas of custody" in order to "scrutinise" and improve the custody process.
The joint inspection was conducted by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue
Services (HMICFRS) in May.
It examined the "effectiveness of custody services and outcomes" throughout the detention process, as well as the safe detention and the treatment of detainees,
with a particular focus on vulnerable people and children.
Nineteen additional "areas of improvement" were also identified by the report, including over staff deployment and the excessive use of overtime.
Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with rain expected
A rather cloudy Wednesday with the odd patch of rain.
It should dry up later though.
Highs of 19C (66F).
Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and fresh winds
By the end of Tuesday night, cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast exposed to moderate or fresh southwesterly winds, which will become strong at times.
Minimum temperature: 10C to 13C.
Wednesday morning will be cloudy with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.
Cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast at times, but in the afternoon it should become drier and a little brighter for areas towards the north coast.
Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be initially strong at times, but will turn towards the northwest later.
Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.
Stolen notes: Choir has scammed cash reimbursed
BBC South West
A community choir in Mid Devon that was scammed out of more than £2,300 has been reimbursed by a bank, it says.
The VoiceWorx Community Choir, based in Kentisbeare, lost the money in an email scam in January after scammers intercepted emails and impersonated committee members to access cash, Devon Live reported.
The choir said: "At the time of the theft, and despite informing the police and banks, it appeared unlikely that anything more could be done to recover the stolen funds.
"The banks said previously they had fulfilled their legal obligations and could not help the choir after the scammers had sent bogus, but highly plausible emails posing as officers of the choir."
But now, following an investigation by the BBC's The One Show and an article broadcast this week, "the Co-operative Bank has helpfully agreed to refund all of the money as a gesture of good faith", choir leaders said.
The choir said the Co-op Bank has paid £2,318.51, leaving it "with a small reserve to start their new term after paying their debts".
VoiceWorx said members were celebrating "being back in the black" again.
faces a £28m black hole in its budget and could go into the red for the first
time in a generation, councillors will be told.
A report going before Wednesday’s cabinet
meeting says the total projected overspend at month four for 2019/20
But Mary Davis, the county’s treasurer, said this figure assumed a funding shortfall of £15.8m for special educational needs would not be dealt with this financial year and that planned contributions to reserves of £8m were not made.
Her report says: "Without these two adjustments the projected overspending would be £28.1m."
South West unemployment drops 2.5%
BBC Business News
the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office
for National Statistics (ONS).
The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.
figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.
The ONS said
rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to
the rise in the state pension age.
Beekeepers urged to watch out for Asian hornets
BBC South West environment correspondent
Beekeepers are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for Asian hornets, which are trying to establish themselves in the UK.
The invasive predators are able to eat up to 50 honey bees in a day and can decimate bee hives.
The British Beekeepers Association has launched Asian hornet week in the hope people will look out for them, photograph any and report sightings.
One beekeeper who looks after hives at Torpoint has been using a new device to help stop attacks from the predators.
Tim Payne, from Plymouth City Bees, said fitting a false floor - a so-called hornet floor, developed in France - and dummy entrances in some of his hives had been "working well" in preventing an invasion.
In the meantime, Doctor Peter Kennedy from the University of Exeter has been attaching radio tags to some hornets to find out where nests are.