Local policing priorities for Ellacombe

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Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities in this neighbourhood.


The Turning Corners Project

The Turning Corners project has been created within South Devon and Torbay to identify, divert and safeguard young people who are at risk of Criminal Exploitation.


Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18. The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual. CCE does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.


Following a referral into the project, a young person’s susceptibility to Criminal exploitation will be assessed using the Youth Exploitation Assessment Tracker (YETA). Assessment will comprise of multi-agency information which will inform the implementation of a holistic, child centred action plan with the aim of reducing the risk of exploitation.

Issued 27 January, 2019


Operation Roxbury. Tackling drug use and antisocial behaviour

Op Roxbury is the local response to issues linked to the use and supply of controlled substances in Torquay and the often seen anti-social and criminal behaviours and result.  Much of our activity at the moment is focused on the Town Centre and the impact a few individuals are having in specific localities. 



Issued 21 May, 2018

Action taken

Update: 14 February 2019 - Operation Roxbury in January 2019

The local Neighbourhood Team have supported colleagues from our Proactive Policing team in carrying out Misuse of Drug Act warrants at key addresses in and around the Town Centre.   A one address a quantity of what we believe to be a Class A Controlled Substance was recovered and a Police investigation is under progression.

Our PCSO's have continued with their patrolling of the Town Centre in response to resports of shoplifting and anti social behaviour centred around Union Street and the car park.  This will continue to be a focus of our activity over coming weeks.

Update: 23 December 2018 - Operation Roxbury. Tackling drug use and antisocial behaviour


We have had some recent successes, working with our Torbay Council Colleagues, in that one key individual has been charged with a serious public order offence and has Court Bail conditions banning them from a certain road that was affected by their behaviour whilst another individual is now subject to a Criminal Behaviour Order and is banned from a wider area and carrying out certain activities.  Other individuals are subject to ongoing criminal investigations or are subject to the multi-agency anti-social behaviour escalation process that will support future CBO or Injunction applications.

Operation Commonwealth is another aspect of our activities and relates to the searching of properties linked to the supply of controlled substances.  Over the last 12 months the local Neighbourhood Team have used Court Search Warrants to search 35 properties and have recovered an estimated £97, 000 of controlled substances.  Several individuals have been prosecuted and more remain under investigation.




Update: 23 December 2018 - Operation Roxbury

On a daily basis staff from outside our immediate policing area are being directed into Torquay to provide additional resilience and conduct foot patrol within the town centre to tackle drug related offending and anti social behaviour.

We have been successful in obtaing Criminal Behaviour Orders on individuals excluding them from certain areas of the town and from exhibiting certain behaviours. This work continues and partner agencies meet on a weekly basis to discuss the key individuals causing us concern and formulate plans to address their behaviours and provide the support they may need to turn them away from a life of regular offending.

Update: 23 December 2018 - Operation Roxbury in December

During December the neighbourhood team have been focused on both visible and plan clothed foot patrols within the town centre tackling anti-social behaviour, drug dealing and shoplifting. In addition to this a number of positive drug warrants have taken place at addresses in Torquay.

Actioned 14 February, 2019

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