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The Christmas crimes recorded in Cornwall and Devon

The Christmas crimes recorded in Cornwall and Devon

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 21st December 2019.

Written by Daniel Clark, Local Democracy Reporter

More than 100 crimes took place last year in Devon and Cornwall that directly referenced Christmas.

A Freedom of Information Request to Devon and Cornwall Police asked for information on the number of crimes that included the word ‘Christmas’ in the offence description.

In total, 102 crimes were recorded.

The offences ranged from the theft of Christmas presents and vandalising of Christmas trees, to more serious offences such as rape and stabbings.

The response to the FOI showed that there were six burglaries, 21 instances of criminal damage, 13 thefts, one weapons possession offence, six public order offences, three rapes or sexual offences, seven instances of shoplifting, four vehicle offences, and 46 instances of violence.


Crimes recorded include:

  • A husband picking up a guitar that was a gift to his wife for Christmas and smashing it
  • The cable to the Christmas tree lights of a property being cut
  • Someone covering the house of a victim in Christmas tree lights
  • Christmas trees were knocked over and uprooted
  • Cutting of the strings to a blow up Christmas snowman in a garden
  • A sexual assault at a Christmas Party
  • Offender getting out of a car and running towards the aggrieved, shouting ‘I will beat your face and will ruin your Christmas’
  • A cage of five Christmas trees stolen by unknown means
  • Drunken males interfering with traffic cones and when challenged became threatening
  • Man who put a female in a choke hold because she tried to take down the Christmas tree
  • Two people punching each other following a fight that erupted after Christmas games being played
  • Abusive Christmas cards sent through the post.

In total, three cautions were issued, three people were charged, two crimes were dealt with by community resolution, 40 crimes were investigated as far as possible but no suspected was identified, five saw formal action considered not in the public interest, 39 saw a suspect identified but evidential difficulties saw action not proceed, one saw a penalty notice issued, while five further crimes were still under investigation.

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