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'Tell fire crews if someone has symptoms', and police 'don't want to see teens gathering in school hours'

Devon's fire crews want 999 callers to tell them if someone has coronavirus symptoms - or has been self isolating.

They say they'll still attend the calls, it just helps them to keep their crews safe as well.

Police in the South Hams say they 'do not expect to see groups of young people congregating in public spaces within school hours.

They warn: "Uniformed patrols will be taking place and groups of young people will be stopped and spoken to. If appropriate stop search powers may be used, and should antisocial behaviour be present dispersal powers will be utilised."

Police in Brixham say it's 'disgusting' they're still getting called to the same graffiti tags. They say it's 'shocking' damage to vehicles and small businesses 'at a time when many are struggling'.

Officers warn the national coronavirus emergency will be taken into account when whoever's behind it is sentenced.

Some positive news though this morning. hundreds of pounds has been raised for a new volunteer scheme to feed families who're struggling in Torbay - giving them a hot meal.

Groups are working with schools to identify those who need the most help.

The team behind it say they've been amazed by the public response to the appeal.


Devon&Somerset Fire
If you have to unfortunately dial 999 for an emergency, please let the call taker know, if you know of anybody at the incident who maybe showing signs of the coronavirus or are self isolating. Don't worry we will still attend but we need to keep our crews safe as well.

RE4orm
Katie Cavanna, founder and managing director of RE4orm said: "In the last 12 hours, we’ve raised over £250 to go towards feeding children in Torbay. In collaboration with local businesses, the Plot Catering Company and the Cactus Kitchen, we’ve managed to ensure over 300 children this week, will have a hot meal each day. In partnership with local schools, vulnerable families have been identified and will be equipped with essential items."

Kingsbridge Police
James Timmis, Neighbourhood Team Leader, said last night: "Many of you will have, or be, young people within KCC. No doubt you will all be aware that earlier today Tina Graham closed the school to all except three year groups, and that this afternoon the government have further confirmed that decision. The school have made provision for the continued education of our children within the home. We would like to gently remind parents and students that we do not expect to see groups of young people congregating in public spaces within school hours. Uniformed patrols will be taking place and groups of young people will be stopped and spoken to. If appropriate stop search powers may be used, and should antisocial behaviour be present dispersal powers will be utilised. Please continue to support your childs education throughout this difficult time and encourage your children to behave with respect and consideration for others within our communities."


Brixham Police
The following are images of graffiti tags found this week in Brixham on walls and even on vehicles. This is wanton criminal damage. The country is in the grip of the biggest National Emergency in a generation and then we get this disgusting behaviour. The damage to the work vehicles is particularly shocking considering small businesses will be struggling at this time. if you know who BTK and Grime are, please inform the Police via the 101 telephone service, 101 email facility or Neighbourhood email facility on the Devon & Cornwall Police website.  Please remember, information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers.  We look forward to being introduced to the people responsible.  Please note that the National Emergency will be taken into account when decisions are made as to sanctions for criminal behaviour over the coming months. Criminal behaviour is unacceptable at anytime but especially now.  For those less than civic minded people, you have been warned.

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