Category Archives : Dave Downie – Safer and Stronger Communities


Social enterprises in Plymouth invited to apply for funds

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to apply for a share of a £300,000 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 […]


Stonehouse PSPO goes ahead

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in Stonehouse. Drinking, drug use and begging in public areas will be among the issues targeted when the PSPO comes into effect on Tuesday, 31 October. Its introduction follows months of consultation, during which the initiative received unanimous support from residents. Councillor […]


Suspended sentence for fake lippy seller

A man who sold fake MAC lipstick which had over 300 times the legal amount of lead in it has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards. The fake lippy – called ‘Lady Danger’ – was one of a number of counterfeit goods sold by a 47 year-old man  on Ebay and Facebook. The man pleaded […]


Plymouth to host Scam Conference

People in Plymouth are being invited to catch con men and foil fraudsters at a Friends Against Scams awareness session. The session will be a part of a Scam Conference, hosted by Plymouth City Council’s trading standards team at the Guildhall on 18 September, where a variety of partners will share best practice, ask questions […]


Criminal behaviour order for fly-tipper

A 28-year-old who ran ‘a man and his van’ rubbish disposal service then fly-tipped in and around Plymouth has been given a suspended prison sentence and a three year criminal behaviour order. Liam Donaldson, currently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to a charge of fly-tipping on 26 August and one offence of obstructing the […]


Working together to prevent tombstoning in Plymouth

Plymouth police and city council will be joining forces in a campaign aimed at preventing serious injury and death on the Hoe foreshore and other sites this summer. One man died from tombstoning in Plymouth in 2016 and many more have received serious injuries. Risks of tombstoning include: High risk of death or life-changing injuries […]


Stonehouse people asked to comment on scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour

Residents living in Stonehouse are being encouraged to have their say on proposal for a Public Space Protection Order for the area. A consultation period has now started for people to comment on the proposal by Plymouth City Council to help tackle antisocial behaviour in Stonehouse. If introduced, the order would give police and enforcement […]


Used car trader prosecuted for selling unsafe van with fake MOT

A used car trader has been prosecuted after selling an unsafe Ford Transit van to a Plymouth consumer. The trader, currently living in Margate, was sentenced yesterday at Plymouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to two offences of making false representations regarding the description of the van, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006 and one offence of […]


Public Space Protection Order for Stonehouse

Plymouth City Council is set to help tackle antisocial behaviour in Stonehouse by introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). PSPOs give police and enforcement officials special powers designed to rid the area of antisocial drinking, drug use and begging in public areas. Those found in breach of the order will be placed on the […]


Unauthorised encampment guide

There is often a lot of confusion about what we as a council have the power to do when dealing with unauthorised encampments. Therefore, we have put together a guide to the steps we follow when we receive a report from the public Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet Member for Safe and Stronger Communities said: “Plymouth […]


Access point for Reach Fund investment now in Plymouth

Charities and social enterprises looking for investment will be able to look to the Plymouth City Council for help to become investment ready. The Council has been approved as an ‘access point’ for the Reach fund, a £4m investment readiness grant programme, funded by Access, the Foundation for Social Investment and managed by Social Investment […]


Nuclear safety leaflets for Devonport

Neighbours of Devonport Dockyard are to be reminded of important nuclear safety advice. Homes and business that fall within the official public information zone will receive a booklet which details instructions to follow in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident. If there is a nuclear emergency, people could be exposed to gamma and beta […]


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, […]