Category Archives : Dave Downie – Safer and Stronger Communities


Plymouth business warned to get clued up on new e-cig laws

New laws designed to firm up the regulation of products used by people who vape come into force next month. Ahead of the changes to the law Plymouth Trading Standards want to make sure that all local manufacturers and retailers are aware of the changes. The new Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 comes into […]


Modern Slavery ‘Spotting the Signs’ conference in Plymouth

Businesses, landlords as well as partners were invited to a Modern Slavery ‘Spotting the Signs’ conference on Tuesday 14 March organised by Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police. The term ‘Modern Slavery’ describes situations where individuals are forced into slavery such as being forced to work through the mental or physical threat of […]


Closure order on property after reports of drugs, guns and anti-social behaviour

Plymouth Magistrates have granted a closure order on a property in Plymouth after ongoing problems with drugs, guns and anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team applied for the closure on 172 Grenville Road, working with Devon and Cornwall Police, following months of anti-social behaviour at the house that the court heard was being […]


Plymouth based community organisation shortlisted for national RICS award

A community organisation which has transformed a derelict building into an active community, business and health and wellbeing hub, has been shortlisted for a prestigious RICS award Four Greens Community Trust (FGCT) Enterprise, Health and Wellbeing hub, based on the site of a former care home in North West Plymouth, has been shortlisted for a […]


Council and voluntary sector working together to support refugees

Plymouth City Council will be working together with a consortium of local agencies to support Syrian refugees settling into the community. The consortium, led by Path (Plymouth Access To Housing) will deliver help and assistance to Syrian refugee families that have recently arrived in the UK as part of a Government scheme to resettle displaced […]


Closure order extended following drugs and anti-social behaviour

A closure order on a flat in Plymouth has been extended for a further three months to prevent further drugs and anti-social behaviour. Plymouth City Council applied to District Judge Baker, sitting at Plymouth Magistrates on Tuesday 7 February to extend the closure order on 3E Teats Hill. The original closure order was granted in […]


Plymouth marks Holocaust Memorial Day 27 January 2017

Millions of victims of the Holocaust as well as subsequent genocides will be remembered at the Holocaust Memorial Tree, as Plymouth City Council considers a cross-party motion to remember the Holocaust, educate young people, and take a stand against hate crime. On Holocaust Memorial Day, Friday 27 January, Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Pauline Murphy […]


Woman in Plymouth first in the city to be prosecuted under new microchipping laws

A Plymouth woman who failed to comply with the new law to have her dog microchipped has been ordered to pay £450 at Plymouth Magistrates court today. Rosalyn Harding, of Kings Tamerton Road was served a notice on 30 September last year under the Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, requiring her dog to have […]


Showing post scams the door in Plymouth

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team, are working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police to tackle the serious impact of scam mail. Crafty con artists have managed to scam a total £400,000 out of 195 people in Plymouth in the last two years.  Nationally it is estimated scams targeting people by phone or post […]


Another illegal tattooist stopped from trading

Tattoo equipment has been seized after information from the public about another ‘scratcher’ in the city. Trading Standards Officers along with Devon and Cornwall Police officers, seized a large amount of tattoo equipment including; 19 boxes of out of date needles and unsterile equipment from a Plymouth residential address this week. The raid happened after […]


More drug dens closed in Plymouth

Two more properties have been closed because of drugs and anti-social behaviour following successful applications by Plymouth City Council. Plymouth Magistrates granted a closure order on 14a Duke Street because the court was satisfied, following evidence from police and local residents, that Mark Lewis had engaged in criminal behaviour and that the use of the […]


Get Switched on this Christmas

This year’s National Consumer Week (Monday 28 November to Friday 2 December) is all about getting consumers ‘switched on’ to their rights when buying electrical goods. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, Plymouth Trading Standards Officers are warning shoppers to be careful what they buy and where they buy it. There is a […]


Sign up to Credit Union and you could get £25

The first 50 people to join City of Plymouth Credit Union before 30 November 2016 and make at least three monthly payments into their account will qualify for a savings boost of £25. To fund this project the England Illegal Money Lending Team is using proceeds of crime money, confiscated from convicted loan sharks to […]


Cockahoop at new Social Enterprise City brochure!

A successful social enterprise that inspires children and young people to learn has hosted the launch of Plymouth’s new Social Enterprise City brochure. Bees – the Bespoke Engaging Education Services – has been showcasing its work as well as highlighting some of the achievements that have been going on in Plymouth over the last 18 […]


Prevent Conference 2016 – tackling extremism

Around 90 people have attended a conference in Plymouth on the prevention of extremism with national and regional speakers. The event, organised by Plymouth City Council on behalf of the Plymouth Prevent Partnership which is made up of the Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, Probation, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, […]


Closure order on second flat at Teats Hill following weapons, drugs and nuisance

A closure order has been granted on a flat in Plymouth – next to another one that was closed earlier this week – following repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, weapons, drunken behaviour and drug dealing. Plymouth Magistrates granted a three month closure order on 3E Teats Hill after the court was satisfied that the tenant […]


Closure order granted on nuisance neighbour

A closure order has been granted on a flat in Plymouth following repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, drugs and noise nuisance. Plymouth Magistrates granted the order on 3F Teats Hill flats after the court was satisfied that the tenant Neil Ashley Wright, age 49, had caused nuisance to members of the public, disorder, loud music, […]


Businesses praised for challenging youngsters attempting to buy fireworks

100 per cent of Plymouth business visited in a test purchase operation for fireworks in the run up to bonfire night, passed. All of the 12 premises that were visited challenged the 15 year old volunteer by asking for ID and refusing the sale. Fireworks can be great fun for families but if not handled […]


ACE funding news for Plymouth’s History Centre

The good news about Plymouth’s History Centre keeps coming. Project partners have just learned that Arts Council England (ACE) has given the green light to a full funding request of £4,175,000. Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council said: “This is yet more brilliant news – news that will really help us to achieve […]


Grants awarded to Plymouth community groups

Tea dances, African drumming, and a music and storytelling festival are among the events that have taken place as organisations in Plymouth have been awarded small grants to promote inclusion and diversity in the city. Plymouth City Council has been working with Plymouth Drake Foundation to provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in […]


Action plan to tackle Child Poverty in Plymouth

A new three-year action plan has been agreed by Plymouth City Council to tackle child poverty in the city. The Plan for Child Poverty 2016 – 2019 will look at four priorities and will build on the work done since 2012 to tackle child poverty in the city. The focus of the Plan for Child […]


Don’t risk getting a criminal record for selling fake goods

Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards Team are warning people not to risk selling counterfeit goods for extra money before Christmas after a number of seizures in the city. There has been a rapid increase in people selling counterfeit goods on social media sites.  These goods include counterfeit trade-marked clothing, trainers, handbags, sunglasses, makeup and electrical […]


Social Enterprise fund launched in Plymouth

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £800,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish. Plymouth City Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing rank of organisations who have […]


Drug den shut down by council, police and landlords

A drug den has been shut down by a partnership between Plymouth City Council, Devon and Cornwall Police and landlords Westward Housing Group. The Council successfully applied to Plymouth Magistrates on Friday 9 September for the three month closure order for the property in Hospital Road, following ongoing complaints around drug dealing and anti-social behaviour […]


Plymouth tanning salons still allow underage use

A high number of Plymouth tanning salons are still allowing underage use of sun beds. In a recent test purchasing operation Public Protection officers visited a random selection of seven salons in the city, and staff in five of them did not challenge a 16-year-old volunteer about their age, despite the age limit being 18. […]


Four Greens Community Trust gets ready for business

We’re getting ready for business! That’s the message residents in north Plymouth are being told at a preview of the new-look centre for business and the community. Thanks to a £1.275 million grant from Plymouth City Council, the Four Greens Community Trust has turned an empty care home in Whitleigh into a welcoming building which […]


Diverse communities in Plymouth invited to apply for small grants

Organisations in Plymouth can apply for small grants for events promoting inclusion and diversity in the city. Plymouth City Council is working with Plymouth Drake Foundation to provide small grants of up to £2,000 to organisations in the city who promote inclusion and integration across any of the following protected characteristics: Age Disability Faith, belief […]


Our Plymouth volunteer scheme shortlisted for APSE Service Awards

A volunteer scheme in Plymouth which has improved access to healthy fruit and vegetables and saved local people thousands on their energy bills has been shortlisted for a national award. The Our Plymouth pilot scheme is a finalist in the Best Community and Neighbourhood Initiative category for the APSE Service Awards 2016, which takes place […]


Standing together with Plymouth’s Polish community

  A representative from the Polish Embassy met with Plymouth City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police today to show support for Plymouth’s Polish community following recent hate crime incidents. Michal Mazurek, head of the Consular Section of the Polish Embassy, visited Plymouth to meet with a Polish family who were the victims of an […]