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Police disciplined after death of strip search man

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Several Devon and Cornwall Police have been disciplined after watchdog investigations into the death of a man a day after he was in custody.

Twenty-two-year-old Logan Peters was arrested during an altercation on a night out, and held by police in Plymouth's Charles Cross station on 7 May 2014 and subjected to a strip search.

Logan Peters
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The boatbuilder from Millbrook in Cornwall was found dead at his home the next day. An inquest two years ago ruled a series of police failures caused him to kill himself.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a police disciplinary meeting in 2015 found misconduct for a custody sergeant for failing to complete a pre-release risk assessment, and management advice was given.

Six other police officers also received management action.

Now, publishing the results of a second investigation in November 2017, the IOPC said a police officer was given management advice after misconduct was proven for failing to follow proper procedures during the detention and search of Mr Peters.

Two custody officers also had cases to answer for misconduct for conducting a strip search without proper authorisation.

Misconduct was proven for one in April. However, no further action was taken due to a "recognised lack of training in how to conduct strip searches".

The other officer had retired from Devon and Cornwall Police, so "no further proceedings can be held".

More formal training on how to carry out searches appropriately was being given to custody staff, the IoPC said; adding that the "incredibly sad case" revealed "a number of interactions ... could have been handled differently".

Trump security officers now in 'acceptable accommodation'

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The Devon and Cornwall police officers who have volunteered for deployment on US President Donald Trump's visit to the UK are now "being put up in acceptable accommodation", according to the force's deputy chief constable.

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The organisation which represents rank and file police officers, the Police Federation, had previously criticised the accommodation for police being drafted in to help with security during the visit.

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Essex Assistant Chief Constable Pippa Mills later apologised for what she said were "unacceptable" conditions.

Apology for 'unacceptable' Trump security accommodation

BBC Radio Cornwall

Essex Police says it has found alternative accommodation for officers who were forced to spend last night on camp beds and gym mats in a sports hall and squash court without an adequate number of toilets or hot water.

Members of the Devon and Cornwall Police Federation vented their anger on social media earlier at overnight accommodation for the hundreds of additional officers involved in US President Donald Trump's visit.

Forces across the country have been asked to send officers to assist.

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"I hope President Trump is treated to better accommodation than the officers from Devon & Cornwall who have been sent to protect him," they said in a tweet.

Essex Assistant Chief Constable Pippa Mills apologised for what she said were "unacceptable" conditions.

As soon as we became aware of issues surrounding some of the accommodation provided, actions were taken to rectify these. I would like to apologise to the officers affected. The conditions which I have been made aware of are not acceptable."

Pippa MillsAssistant Chief Constable, Essex Police

Police officers recognised for bravery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two Devon and Cornwall Police officers will be recognised for their bravery at an awards ceremony in London this evening.

DCs Alison Brooks and Andrew Whittle have been nominated for a Police Bravery Award after they pulled a motorist from a burning car following a head-on collision near Tavistock.

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'Appalling accommodation' for Trump security duty police

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

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The organisation which represents rank and file police officers has criticised the accommodation for police being drafted in to help with security during the visit of US President Donald Trump to the UK.

Forces across the country have been asked to send officers to assist the Metropolitan Police.

Tens of thousands of people are expected to protest against the president in London on Thursday and Friday - and in Glasgow on Friday.

The Police Federation has warned the visit will put "unquestionable pressure" on UK police forces.

Its Devon and Cornwall branch added that "a gym mat on a floor in a squash court is just simply appalling" and officers were being treated with "indifference."

Extension to police merger consultation requested

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Council has asked for an extension to the consultation being carried out over plans to merge Devon and Cornwall Police with Dorset Police.

An emergency debate was held at Cornwall Council on Wednesday after it was added to the council agenda after a request from the Liberal Democrats group.

Devon and Cornwall Police car
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The council voted in favour of asking the police and police commissioner Alison Hernandez to extend the consultation over the merger, and to request a full business case for the merger to be given to the council so that it can make an informed decision as to whether to support the plans.

The police have said that the proposed merger was driven by operational reasons and say that, if approved, it would provide an additional £3.2m which would be invested in 100 front line staff.

But with Dorset residents currently paying more for their police, there would be a need to equalise police precepts and people in Cornwall could face paying an extra £18 a year.

Any request to extend the consultation would have to be considered by chief constables from both forces and the forces' two commissioners.

A consultation survey is currently open until 27 August.

Police plea for calm amid England World Cup 'euphoria'

BBC Spotlight

Police have urged football fans to "act responsibly" at this evening's World Cup clash between England and Croatia after a huge rise in 999 calls swamped call centres during England's last game.

England team
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Last Saturday, when England played Sweden, was the second busiest day in the Devon and Cornwall force’s history, with nearly 1,500 incidents that required a police response – a normal Saturday would be in the region of 750.

Ch Supt Glen Mayhew said the heatwave and an increase in number of visitors to the area, "and the euphoria of England’s progress in the World Cup", had seen demand on officers "rise across all areas of policing".

We understand that people are incredibly excited over England’s progress in the World Cup and the vast majority are enjoying this safely and responsibly, but we urge that, win or lose, people act responsibly and don’t put themselves or other in danger by their actions."

Ch Supt Glen MayhewDevon and Cornwall Police

He urged people to only call 999 "in a genuine emergency" and alternative methods of police contact, including 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk, would "continue to receive a timely response".

'Unprecedented demand' on police force

The deputy chief constable of Devon & Cornwall Police says the force is just about managing to cope with what he describes as an "unprecedented demand" on the force.

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Council has 'conditions' before police merge support given

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Cornwall Council has laid out its "conditions and asks" before offering its support to a proposed merger between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, including establishing an assistant chief constable post for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.