Crime Report – Man targeted three lone women; 999 Nuisance caller

A Criminal Behaviour Order has been given to a 29 year old man from Penzance to prevent him from approaching women.

Clifford Morgan, who appeared via video link in Truro Magistrates Court on Tuesday 13 December, pleaded guilty to three separate charges in which he had targeted three lone women and caused them considerable alarm, harassment and distress, by barging one victim and following the other two and making comments perceived to be of a sexual nature, whilst they were out for a jog in the Penzance area.

Devon and Cornwall Police, the Crown Prosecution Service and Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Team had argued that as a result of Morgan’s dangerous behaviour and his lack of engaging with support services, a Criminal Behaviour Order should be made to restrict him from being able to approach females in the future and protect the wider community.

Supporting the granting of the Order, Truro Magistrates placed a lifetime Criminal Behaviour Order on Morgan saying he “must not approach, contact or follow any female in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress”.

Nuisance caller who bombarded police handed Criminal Behaviour Order

Debbie Miners, aged 33 from the Camborne area, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order by Magistrates in Truro on 20 December for making persistent nuisance calls and her behaviour towards to emergency services, NHS Staff and other Mental Health Services in Cornwall.

Miners, who appeared by video link to Truro Magistrates Court, pleaded guilty to a Public Order offence of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.

The court sentenced her to a custodial sentence of four weeks rather than imposing fines because of her financial situation. The sentence was taken as time paid as she had been in custody since early November.

The Criminal Behaviour Order includes a condition stating that Miners must not “call the 999 emergency service number unless in the case of a genuine emergency that would require immediate attendance of the emergency services”. The order lasts for 3 years.

The prosecution comes as a result of staff from the Council working closely with colleagues from Devon and Cornwall Police and the South West Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SWASFT) to address a persistent and serious anti-social behaviour issue.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Deliberate and malicious use of the 999 system not only wastes staff time but could also put the lives of others at risk and will not be tolerated”.

Truro man pleads guilty to fly-tipping offence in Illogan

Darren Longar (36) of Cornish Crescent Truro pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on 21 December 2016 to being in a position to control the use of a vehicle with regards to fly-tipping in a country lane at Illogan in March 2016.

There is an offence relating to the unlawful deposit of waste from a motor vehicle whereby the person who controls or is in a position to control the vehicle shall be treated as knowingly causing the waste to be deposited whether or not he or she gave any instructions for this to be done.

Mr Longar was ordered to pay costs in full along with a fine and a victim surcharge totalling £1149.70. Truro Magistrates stated “Fly tipping is a serious offence and one that the court takes very seriously.”

The area in Illogan was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and was being monitored.