Local policing priorities for South Molton Rural

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


Increased connectivity

South Molton Local policiing team, in conjunction with our new Police Support Volunteer Millie and Councillor Advocates, aims to increase and improve the quality and effectiveness of our connectivity and communication with the communities we serve.   

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 12 September 2019 - Volunteer and Rural Policing

Millie has left her role as Volunteer to pursue her studies and we have Laura joining us to keep our Facebook and Social media pages updated.  Please follow our page on Facebook 'South Molton Police'   as Laura will be posting local and relevant items relating to our policing activity.

The Force has created a new team to guide and support our Neighbourhood teams with Rural Policing.  The force along with other like forces across the country have recognised that rural communites are especially vulnerable to certain types of crime.    Pc Martin Beck has responsibilty for Devon and has recently been in South Molton at the Market and Mole Valley to give advice and support around crime prevention and encourage reporting of information.  There will be a stand at the North Devon Show this year so come and have a chat.  

Update: 12 September 2019 - Connecting

We have been using our Social Media and Devon Alerts to provide relevant information of Recent Crimes and Information and witness requests.

We held a property marking event in collaboration with RGB Building supplies  to raise awareness and prevent thefts from vans.

South Molton Neighbourhood team were at the North Devon Show this August and walked a very long way!  It was a pleasure to meet with so much public support and talk with so many people. The Police and Crime Commisioner were also at the Show and were asking what prioirities people wanted the police to have.  Prevention was the run away winner.   For us, that means being visible whenever we can and targetiing the identifed problems we are aware of.  For eveyone that means common sense with security and personal responsiblity.

Actioned 12 September, 2019


Safer driving

South Molton Local Policing team are actively engaged with promoting road safety initiatives across the area in an effort to improve driving standards, targeting the 'fatal five' distraction factors. This includes the use of mobile phones, failing to wear seat belts and speeding in the South Molton area.

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 11 May 2019 - Red Thumb Day and Enforcement

Red Thumb day was on the 23rd April and we shared some pictures on our Facebook page.   Our Colleagues in Roads Policing are spending as much spare patrol time  as possible working on the A361 as we are now into the busy summer period.   

The purpose of Red Thumb day is to make drivers aware of distractive devices such as phones and tablets when driving.  This is one of the offences our roads policing officers will be looking out for on the A361 over the summer. 

We are also acting on information and intelligence you have been telling us about those who choose to not have insurance for their vehicles.  We have seized a vehicle recently and have more on the list we are looking out for.     Having no insurance or MOT costs us all, as premiums go up to cater for the cost from uninsured drivers.  Not having an MOT means the car is not safe and a danger to others, both drivers and pedestrians.  Keep giving us the information we will act on it.

We have seen a couple of nasty collisions on the East Street Zebra Crossing over the last year; between pedestrians using the crossing and Vehicles.  We have prosecuted in both cases.  Please be  extra aware when using or passing the crossing and do not park or stop on the ZIG ZAG lines.   


Update: 26 November 2018 - Update 26/11/2018

High visibility patrolling carried out on the A361 North Devon link road by officers yesterday daytime along with a traffic operation targeting uninsured drivers elsewhere across the Force. Please click on below link for article:-


Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 18/06/2018

A joint road safety event was had on 29th and 31st May 2018 with our colleagues from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue. Please click on the following link for the news article in the North Devon Gazette.


Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 21/07/2018

Local officers have been out in conjunction with our colleagues from the roads policing team in both marked and umarked vehicles targetting driver behaviours which are one of the main causal factors for collisions. Three motorists dealt with for excess speed, use of mobile phone and not wearing their seat belt.  

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 11/08/2018

Officers and staff continue to work closely with colleagues from Roads Policing across the alliance in order to promote road safety and deal with those who transgress the law. Local male arrested this week for drink driving and two others dealt with for driivng offences on the A361, North Devon Link road. 

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 07/07/2018

Officers and staff continue to focus on road traffic related matters, this month being distractions. In our monthly Police Blog (see attachment on News section) we have also highlighted the need to keep windscreens clear to avoid haze / dazzle from the sun... 

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 19/04/2018

Staff from South Molton Policing team are actively working with partner agencies towards improving driver awareness and standards within the local area. Efforts are ongoing through the use of high visibility patrolling, use of unmarked vehicles, specific traffic operations coupled with utilising the local press and social media.  

Update: 25 September 2018 - Update 25/09/2018

There have been lots of roads policing activity across our patch in recent weeks, with people dealt with for drink driving, using mobile phones when driving and parking on the zig zags in the town.

We would also like to encourage you to take the "Road Safety Pledge" as listed in our news article section.

Actioned 11 May, 2019


Rural Crime initiatives

To address and reduce criminality within the rural community by linking in with our partners on a regular and effective basis. Increase the use of and membership to the Devon Alert scheme.  

Issued 19 April, 2018

Action taken

Update: 12 September 2019 - The Chief Constable Visit. Quad Bike and Farm Thefts.

This summer has been challenging for the team at South Molton as Staff members have moved on and we await new supplies!

We are looking forward to new members joining the Response team who are based at South Molton but are available for deployment across North Devon.

PC Steve Theobald has taken over from Pc Graham James as the Neighbourhood Officer for South Molton and South Molton Rural. Steve has been a Response Officer at South Molton and knows the area well. 

To provide a more rural focused service to Exmoor,Pc Mark Langworthy who works from Lynton and has responsibilty for most of the Devon Side of the Moor,will take on some of the South Molton area that is a rural moorland community, this will mean Twitchen, Molland and the Ansteys. 

We were pleased to have the Chief Constable Visit our area, and we wanted him to see the extent and unique type of issues that Exmoor and Rural South Molton have.  He met with a two farmers and their families and a Ranger from the National park.  He was told about farm thefts, poaching and Raves and how policing such a huge area relied on public support.

There has been periods when we have been targetted by travelling criminals who steal quad bikes and tools from farms and busniesses.  They have been bold this year and are walking onto farms during the day and driving off with equipment.  We are working with our own Rural Affairs team and other forces who neighbour us to share information and tactics. There have been a number of succesful arrests across Devon and Somerset following reports from the public and we have seized some vans involved in crime.

As a force we want to focus more on prevention and making it difficult for rural criminals to operate. This means basic security, property marking and trackers, sharing information and vigilance.  We want to send the message that our area is a difficult one for theives and we are not a soft traget.

We have started our nightime rural crime operations again for the autumn and as a consequence stopped a Rave before it got going.   These ops are aimed at stopping poaching and rural thefts. 

Update: 12 September 2019 - Rural Crime Operation Exmoor December 2018

A two night Operation was conducted on Exmoor that inteligence and information suggested crime activity would occur.   This was a joint operation with other agencies and was succesful in disrupting actrivity and an investigation is now ongoing.   

Update Apr 2019

We have continued with these operations and are now investigationg further offences relating to Wildlife Crime

Update: 12 September 2019 - Moving Forward

South Molton and Lynton Neighbourhood Officers met this week with partners from the Local Authority, Avon and Somerset Police, Trading Standards and Rangers from the National Park and National Trust.

We have been getting together for some time now to share our resources to tackle issues in the National Park, and have some good results with anti social  driving and riding on Exmoor and some significant breakthroughs in the fight against Deer Poaching.   

Deer Poaching is a complex issue to understand for those outside of the community. In brief, the indiscriminate culling of large numbers of deer while trespassing with firearms, in often reckless circumstances, has a big impact on those that live and work on Exmoor.  For farmers and workers, being able to feel safe when out working on thier land is a right, and we would not accept this behaviour in our built up areas. Other aspects around cruelty and welfare to the deer are really concerning, which is why we have been conducting monthly operations to suppress and disrupt this activity.


Actioned 12 September, 2019

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