Devon and Cornwall is the largest police force in England and the vast majority of the area is classed as rural. The team covers a large area of Exmoor which borders with Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Given how isolated and remote the location is this can often be seen as a soft target for criminals and can invariably lead to an increase in reported thefts of livestock, farm and plant machinery, equine property, fuel theft and items forming part of our local heritage.
As a team we also encounter victims that have been intimidated and suffered damage by poachers, fly tipping, poor control of dogs and those illegally damaging our environment and wildlife.
Whilst crime statistics across this area remain low and whilst being a victim of crime here remains lower than most parts of the UK, we don’t wish to be complacent. Therefore we will be focussing on rural crime and looking to support those within our rural communities.
We will do this by actively carrying out rural crime patrols, attending key events within the community and assisting the Rural Affairs Unit providing support to those who need it. We will also be supported by colleagues from Roads Policing taking part in Operation Landlike, with a specific focus in and around the Exmoor area. This seeks to compliment the current South West regional activity being promoted to eliminate road deaths and serious injuries under the Vision ZeroSouth West.
Issued 10 March 2023
Update: 10 March 2023 - Op Landlike - 17th January 2023
Thanks to the hard work of the officers assisting with Op Landlike, the activity resulted in the following:
x12 licenced premises visited - passing advice and offering support.
x1 RTC – Vehicle skidded and flipped on ice. Driver ejected from the moving vehicle via soft roof canopy - Driver was uninjured.
x1 Drug wipe.
x5 Breath tests.
x2 Words of advice.
x1 CLE/26 (No Tax).
x3 tickets issued for offences.
x3 Vehicle seizures.
x1 Reported for summons.
x2 Arrests (x1 of which was impaired driving – drugs).