We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with reports of thefts from boats.
Between 1:15am and 3:15am on Sunday 28 July 2019 offenders have entered a Boat Yard in Salcombe via the water on a small boat. They have towed a number of boats out to the estuary, removed the engines and then let the boats drift.
If anyone saw or heard anything suspicious, or may have seen the suspects enter or leave the water then please get in touch.
We would again remind people to take all security precautions by removing all valuable items from boats.
If you see any suspicious activity please phone 999.
If you have any information or CCTV in the area mentioned please phone 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting crime reference CR/067899/19.
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We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information in connection with reports of thefts from boats.
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Fraudsters are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing iTunes gift cards.
If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or, in some cases, deportation.
Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact with the victim.
In genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a later date.
If HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and will NOT demand immediate payment.
It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.
What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.
Legitimate organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.
Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud
Please note that this message was sent by Devon and Cornwall Police.
We would like to make you aware of the following scams:
Fake TV Licensing emails.
Fake TV Licensing emails are in circulation claiming to offer refunds etc. The links provided in the emails could lead to phishing websites to steal personal and financial details.
Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
Always question uninvited approaches in case it is a scam, contact the company directly using a known phone number.
Fraudulent texts/emails from your bank/building society
Spoof texts are being sent out by scammers purporting to be from the bank/building society, the texts may show as being from your bank/building society or on the thread of the text messages that may have previously been received from the bank/building society– please do not click on any links or give any personal information. Do not follow out any instructions.
A genuine organisation/bank/building society will never contact you to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money.
If you receive a cold call on your phone and want to hang up and phone the organisation back on a number you trust or know to confirm authenticity, please make sure the line is clear before making another call, you can do this by phoning a friend or relative.
More information on fraud prevention and online safety can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website: https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/advice/your-internet-safety/cyber-internet-crime/
Please report fraud or cyber crime to Action Fraud by phoning 0300 123 2040 or report on their website www.actionfraud.police.uk
How to avoid becoming a victim of cyber crime
Use ‘strong’ passwords, and keep your passwords secure. i.e. use at least 8 characters, include numbers and letters, both upper and lower case.
Update your computer security, anti-viral software and install a firewall.
Keep your operating systems updated.
Delete and block spam or junk emails. Be careful when opening attachments or using internet downloads.
Secure and encrypt wireless networks when using WiFi (Wireless Internet access).
Make sure your internet browser and any plug-ins are updated (e.g. Flash, Java, Silverlight)
Use reputable companies when shopping online.
Use secure payment methods, such as PayPal or credit cards for online purchases.
Avoid scams, criminal gangs operate ‘scams’ and use the internet as one of the methods to defraud people and business. i.e. asking for money to pay for travel, finance a sick relative, or winning the lottery.
They will also try passing off as your bank and ask for your banking details.
or Microsoft or your internet provider stating your computer has been corrupted and want you to click on a link or download some software.
Backup important data – like photographs, music, videos or documents and not just to the cloud.
Please share this information with others and consider displaying on public noticeboards etc.
Detectives Investigate Unexplained Death – Salcombe
two arrests have taken place
Police are investigating an unexplained death after a 15-year-old boy died.
Police were called at 12.45pm on Saturday 2 February to a property at Carr Close following reports of concern for the welfare of a boy, who is believed to have taken an unknown substance.
Emergency services attended the scene where he was pronounced deceased. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
He has since been formally identified as 15-year-old Tyler Peck from Salcombe.
Detective Inspector Dave Pebworth from the Devon Local Investigation Team, said: “This is an incredibly sad incident and my thoughts are with the family of 15-year-old Tyler at this time.
“We are at the early stages of this investigation and, at this time, enquires are ongoing to determine the circumstances which lead to Tyler’s untimely death.
“I would stress that this is currently being treated as an isolated incident and that we do not believe there to be any increased risk to the wider community.
“I’d like to urge parents and guardians to talk to their children about the risks and potential dangers involved in taking drugs. Safeguarding is a priority and we do not wish to see anyone else in our community go through this ordeal.”
A 39-year-old man from Kingsbridge was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs. He was released on police bail and has since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
A woman in her 30s was arrested on Wednesday 6 February, on suspicion of manslaughter and being concerned in the supply of drugs. She was released on police bail until Wednesday 6 March.
Investigating officers are keen to hear from anyone who has information in connection to this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CR/010319/19.
Last year on Britain’s roads an average of five people were killed and more than 460 injured every single day in road traffic collisions. Far too many lives are being risked or ruined due to inconsiderate, dangerous drivers who have a blatant disregard for their own safety and that of others when they ignore the law.
It’s important we continue to educate road users on safety but enforcement is also part of the solution.
Fines and fixed penalty notices should act as a deterrent and to penalise occasions when less serious offences occur. But this must go hand in hand with more police enforcement to make sure the law abiding majority feel safe and confident using our roads.
The money generated by fixed penalty fines and other motoring offences goes to HM Treasury – not to the police, councils or highways authorities whose job it is to keep our roads safe. I don’t think this is fair. If police forces were able to raise more revenues, they would be able to invest in new road safety enforcement and education officers like the No Excuse team.
Also, the fines for some offences is out of kilter with the harm caused. The penalty for those caught using a handheld mobile phone while driving doubled to a £200 fine and six points last year to reflect the severity of the crime and public concern, and the maximum fine for those admitting littering from a car rose to £150, yet the fixed penalty charge for speeding remains at £100 and three points.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am calling for the fixed penalty fines for some traffic offences to be increased to act as a greater deterrent and, importantly, that this additional revenue is passed directly into local road safety measures with a priority given to enforcement.
But I want to hear what you think. Please take time to answer a short survey to let us know your views (this should take no longer than two minutes) https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BKHM567
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
Man left with serious injuries
Detectives investigating a serious hit-and-run collision in Plymouth are asking for the public’s help to trace a car sought in connection with the offence.
A 25-year-old man sustained potentially life-changing injuries after being deliberately struck by a car in Stuart Road around 1.30am on Tuesday 27 November.
Detectives are investigating the incident as attempted murder and are seeking a white BMW in relation to their enquiries.
A police spokesman said: “The matter is now being treated as attempted murder and we are appealing for any witnesses to the offence.
“We are particularly keen to trace a white BMW 330 saloon, registration number WX10 BVO, in connection with this incident. This vehicle is likely to have front end damage. Furthermore we would like to hear from any garages or local car repair shops if this vehicle has been brought in with any damage.
“Anyone with dash cam footage, in particular taxi drivers, who were in the area of Mutley Plain, North Hill, Stuart Road and Alma Road between 1am and 2am that day are also requested to come forward.
“Lastly we are asking local business owners with external CCTV in those same areas to check whether they have footage of a white BMW and a grey saloon vehicle travelling at speed between those times.”
Anyone with information to assist with the enquiry is asked to contact police via email@example.com or by phone on 101, quoting crime number CR/109778/18.
Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after receiving reports of burglary and theft in Aveton Gifford and Ivybridge.
The incidents occurred overnight on Wednesday 4 – Thursday 5 October 2017.
Unknown offenders gained access to a storage container at a farm in Aveton Gifford and stole power tools totalling over £2000.
The Diggerstreet Wear warehouse in Lee Mill Industrial Estate, Ivybridge, was also broken into by unknown offenders who removed stock.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CR/085931/17 (Aveton Gifford) or CR/085944/17 (Ivybridge).
Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.