Local policing priorities for South Molton Rural

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


Beauty spot thefts from vehicles

The rural parts of North Devon are prone to spates of thefts from motor vehicles left by people visiting well known beauty spots.  Whilst we have had very few of these in recent years, there have been a number of such thefts in areas across Exmoor in the Spring of 2017.

PLEASE make sure that valuables / bags etc are not left on show in your vehicle and that ideally, that they are kept with you rather than left in your vehicle.


Issued 31 March, 2017


Promoting safe driving

South Molton policing team will be pomoting safe driving targeting the use of mobile phones, seat belt use and speeding in the South Molton area.

Issued 28 August, 2016

Action taken

Update: 25 July 2017 - Recent activity

Over the last two weeks, officers from the South Molton policing team, as well as the Forcewide roads policing unit, have conducted patrols in the South Molton area targetting road traffic offences. A number of drivers have been given roadside education for minor road traffic incidents, as well as others being prosecuted for more serious incidents.

Last week PC Lansdell was joined by three pupils from the Community college, who assisted in conducting a speed watch on North Road in South Molton. during this operation, a large number of vehicles were stopped for excess speed, and other motoring offences. It gave us, and the college students the opportunity to provide roadside education to drivers who had contravened laws. It was also a great tool in effectively providing a highly visible deterant to those who reguarly drive at excess speed in the town.

We will be continuing to target dangerous driving in a number of different areas on the patch, both in highly visible, and less visible ways. Offenders will be dealt with robustly.

Actioned 25 July, 2017