Category Archives : Dave Downie – Safer and Stronger Communities


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along with Devon and Cornwall Police officers, seized a large amount of tattoo equipment including; 19 boxes of out of date needles and unsterile equipment from a Plymouth residential address this week.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 […]


Three month closure order granted on drugs den

A three month closure order has been granted on a flat that was used as a drugs den. The order, which was applied for by the Community Safety Partnership of Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and the Devon and Cornwall Police, is for the flat at 12 Valletort Place Flats. Plymouth Magistrates granted the […]


More than quarter of a million pounds conned out of Plymouth residents by scammers

Crafty con artists have managed to scam £255,000 out of 146 people in Plymouth. Trading Standards have visited these people as a result of receiving a list of over 650 potential scam victims that have been targeted in the city.  But officers are warning this is just the tip of the iceberg with only five […]


Reporting racist incidents

Statement from Plymouth City Council: Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safer and Stronger Communities for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are not aware of a significant increase in racist incidents in Plymouth since the referendum but a very small number have been reported. Any incident of hate is completely unacceptable and we will act quickly with […]


Telephone scam warning

A scam phone call is doing the rounds in Plymouth. Several calls have been made by people claiming to be from Plymouth City Council and offering compensation for accidents. The Council’s Trading Standards team have received several reports of the bogus calls and are concerned that the scammers may be trying to get personal details […]


Fly tippers face hefty fines in Plymouth

  Fly-tippers in Plymouth will now face £400 fixed penalty notices. The decision has now been approved to impose the maximum level allowed under new powers granted to local authorities by the government last month. Fixed penalty notices of £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days, will now be issued for small-scale offences […]


Ernesettle project is good to grow!

Neighbours living around open space on Rochford Crescent will be growing their own, on land they now own, thanks to the Four Greens Community Trust and Plymouth City Council. Residents approached the trust to see if they could help with a community food growing and allotment project. Not only did the trust help them set […]


Closure order granted on house in Plymouth following anti-social behaviour

A closure order has been granted on a house in Plymouth after repeated complaints of anti-social behaviour, violence and drug dealing. Plymouth Magistrates granted the order on 86 Keat Street after ongoing issues which made life difficult for neighbours. The order was applied for by Plymouth City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team following an approach by […]