Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Domestic Violence Pet Warning
4:10pm 21st November 2011
Police say animal cruelty could be a warning sign of domestic violence in Cornwall.
Officers tell us in a fifth of the worst cases, pets are being abused too.
That is stuff like cats and dogs being kicked, punched or even burnt.
Carolyn Southwell from the RSPCA says, ""I think the difficulty from the animal's point-of-view is that they are the silent victim of domestic abuse. They're not able to ask for help. They're not able to leave. This is why we need to step in and help them and help the families to leave the abusive situations".
Since April, Devon and Cornwall Police have dealt with 14 thousand domestic abuse crimes.
The force admits the number of reports is up on last year.
Detective Inspector Andy Berry explains why: "We're getting better at helping people and better at spreading the message that if you are a victim, you're not alone. You're not strange or unusual. It's something which is very common but that there's an awful lot of services that can help".
Share This StoryTweet
WATCH: How The Snow Warning Could Hit Cornwall's Drive Home
Tips for drivers if it turns to ice...
WATCH: Fresh Snow Warning For Cornwall
We are being urged to take care on the drive to work
PHOTOS: Did A 'Shark Bite' Kill This Dolphin?
Cornwall News: WARNING: You may find these images upsetting
Carney: Consumer-led UK growth following Brexit vote could fizzle out
National News: Bank of England governor Mark Carney has stood by forecasts of a UK slowdown as he suggested the economy's consumer-led growth could fizzle out.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Sky's The Young Pope wins over hearts at US premiere
Showbiz News: Sky Atlantic's The Young Pope has premiered in the US to rave reviews, with critics calling it "wickedly funny and insightful".
Andy Murray makes winning start at Australian Open
Sports News: World number one Andy Murray kicked off his Australian Open campaign with a hard-fought straight-sets victory against Illya Marchenko on Monday.
Amazon Echo orders doll houses after 'hearing' TV presenter talking
Strange News: A US TV station has been inundated with complaints after viewers' voice-commanded Amazon Echo systems "heard" a presenter's remarks about doll houses - and started ordering them.