Local policing priorities for South Molton Rural

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


Rural non-dwelling burglaries

Rural areas of North Devon have been targetted by theives usually working overnight to enter barns, garages and sheds looking for power tools.

There is currently an ongoing series of such offences that the police are aware of.  Usually, there will be no reports for a period of days and then a number of crimes reported over one night in a particular area. Often these theives travel from other areas to commit crime like this.

Whilst it is difficult for the police to be in the right place to catch them in the act, targetted patrols led to the stop check and arrest of a  male in a vehicle in Bishops Nympton on 27/03/17 with what was believed to be stolen fuel.

The main chance police have for apprehending offenders is in response to calls from the public about suspicious behaviour at night.  Please do not be afraid to call 999 if you feel someone may in the area of your home looking to commit crime at night.  We would rather come and find it was something innocent than not come and for you discover a burglary in the morning.

Always try to get a registration number of vehicles used by the offenders.

Issued 31 March, 2017


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: 06 March 2017 - .

Officers and staff have carried out speed awareness checks at Witheridge today with really positive effect. Several motorists were stopped and spoken to with regards to their speed and to improve road safety in our area.

Officers continue to be out on patrol in both marked and plain vehicles, targetting those motorists who flout the law in order to make our road network safer. Increased patrolling along with specific operations are in place due to the new legislation regarding the use of mobile phones and other devices whilst driving. You have been warned. Please do not allow yourselves to be distracted whilst driving and look at our latest news articles for latest information.

It is still of huge concern to us the amount of people who still feel it is acceptable to drink and drive. The latest Court results from the North Devon Journal make very disappointing reading and show the consequences of such actions. http://www.devonlive.com/around-the-courts-criminals-convicted-in-north-devon/story-30179313-detail/story.html   

Actioned 6 March, 2017