Cullompton local policing team priorities

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Our policing team priorities are as follows:

Our top priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

Confronting Knife Crime.

Priority reason: 15 Jan 2021

The increases in knife crime, across the U.K. in 2020, was a shocking and alarming example of high risk crime being all too present. We immediately addressed this threat by designing an operational response, harnessing the teams across the Local Policing Area (LPA), in an intellience directed fashion. Alongside a crime detection drive, we employed educational and advisory methods to enlighten and empower young people in particular, in saying "no" to knife crime.

Our constant and consistent grip on this crime type has actively made our Policing Area safer, better and more distant from the risk, that this way of interacting with the world necessitates.


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Confronting County Lines Drug Dealing.

Priority reason: 15 Jan 2021

We are sharply mindful, of the desperate harm caused by this criminal phenomena. A phenomena which funds organised crime at the cost of our communities and often the most vulnerable in those commuities. We welcome any community intelligence and information to assist us in identifying opportunities to target this sort of conduct. We recognise that this type of crime can coerce and compel young persons to becme ensnared in dealing drugs to pay back debts constructed by more dominant dealers. This can also be the case with residents living in chaotic circumstances. All criminality will be challenged, addressed and supressed; with targeting of those who most abuse the criminal influence they weild.

We have local, regional and national co-ordination structures and teams to effectively and efficiently combat this crime type. As always, we take a multi-agency approach and use police resources to make an incisive difference with finey tuned tactics and deployments.

- Inspector Grant Leitch.

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Confronting Anti Social Behaviour

Priority reason: 15 Jan 2021

We are mindful, that in these testing tmes, quite rightly, the people of our comunities will be all the more attuned to the ipact of anti-social behaviour, (ASB).

We welcome reports and will respond in a commensurate manner to the problem presented. Our Neighbourhod Policing Team briefs daily and, along with our Patrol colleagues, is able to identify priority need and demand. In terms of longer term interventions, we hold timetabled, multi-agency, multi departent meeting to share knowledge and ideas on long term resolution. This forum feeds into Tatical Co-ordination Meetings, Chaired by the Local Policing Areas Superintendent, Mr Hart. If we require additional resources and discussion, that meeting will authorise such. If the response needs to be more dynamic, then our morning LPA Management Meeting will fulfill the same function, in a more dynamic, immediate term manner.

- Inspector Grant Leitch

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Theft from shops?

Priority reason: 30 Jul 2020

Shoplifting (theft from shops)

  • People stealing from your premises i.e.shoplifters (theft from a shop) which can be contrary to section 1(1) and 7 of the Theft Act 1968 and would also cover any theft by employees should it occur.

  • Attempting to steal (theft from a shop) may also be considered and this is covered by the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and would be contrary to section 1(1).

  • Section 11 of the Theft Act 1968 creates the specific offence of the removal of articles from places open to the public in certain circumstances.

  • If more than one person is present at the time of an offence but is not found to be committing the actual offence they can be considered for other offences such as aid and abet.

    Robbery i.e. when a person uses force or fear to steal from another.

  • Section 8 of the Theft Act 1968 defines the offences of robbery and assault with intent to rob.  Section 8(1) states that a person is guilty of robbery if they steal, and immediately before or at the time of doing so, and in order to do so, they use force on any person or puts or seeks to put any person in fear of being then and there subjected to force.

    What can YOU do to reduce the likelihood of it happening?


    Things you can consider that may help to help protect your business, yourself and your staff.

    This is not an exhaustive list but please consider:

  • CCTV which must be appropriate and fit for your purpose (one size definitely does not fit all).  See our section on CCTV for more information.

  • Signage – appropriate signs regarding the presence of operational CCTV and the positive action you will take against offenders.

  • The design and layout of your premises.  You may be a Manager governed by higher management but it doesn’t stop you from submitting ideas and proposals for change if there are problems to be solved e.g. if you are targeted for the theft of an item that you have been instructed to display near to entry/exit, propose a change and make it happen!

  • Staff training in how to react (staff safety is paramount and they are key to your defence against shoplifters) and use the practical tools made available e.g. appropriately placed mirrors, radios, who and how to make contact with for assistance.

  • Train staff to be observant and remember details to assist investigation or contribute to intelligence to capture regular (career) criminals or organised gangs.  See D&C leaflet – ID guide

  • What restrictions you may need to use if you have fitting rooms in your premises e.g. regular checks, monitoring of customers and items taken into the fitting room, are all goods returned to you or purchased (thieves will remove tags or labels quite often before they leave)? 

  • Taking action after you identify a theft has occurred – do something to stop it happening again.  Remember to make your changes obvious so that the returning thieve(s) notice you have taken action.

  • Display empty containers or boxes with the expensive item secured elsewhere.

  • Store security, independent or as part of a partnership with other businesses nearby. (Employ your own secruity or join with local businesses and secure the area against theives.)

  • Joining the police community messaging system to get information and alerts.  NB:  A Business Resilience Partnership (BRP) or Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) will have this integrated into the scheme.

  • Consider joining or setting up a Business Resilience Partnership (BRP) or Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP).  

    The top stolen items

    Statistically it is possible to have a top ten (or even longer) list of items that get stolen.  Realistically, thieves will steal anything that has a value.  That is, a value to them or the intended buyer and not what you neccersarily consider to be of value.  Thieves will steal anything from nappies to coffee, socks to expensive coats/clothing and don’t think they will steal one at a time – the whole range of clothing from a display rail could be grabbed in an instant.  You may have seen shoplifters in action on television - a documentary showed a mother who is shopping with her child in a pushchair and then blatantly selects a ‘tray’ of 24 jars of coffee, places it under the child who then sits on it while she departs the store! 


    Robbery is generally committed by desperate people and/or those who are organised (individually or as a team). It is a fact that security is a deterrent but no matter what security you may have the determined criminal(s) may have a go.

    You have taken the advice and done everything you can to improve the security of your premises and your staff.

    In Devon and Cornwall we are fortunate that robbery is at a very low level, but there is never room for complacency.

    So what can you do in the unfortunate event that your business and/or staff become subject of a robbery? 

  • Priority – the safety of your staff and customers are the most important things to keep in mind

  • Keep as calm as possible – your ability to recall facts to assist the investigation is better if you remain calm and collected.

  • Activate alarms if available and only if personal safety is NOT compromised.

  • CCTV will capture events which are generally over quickly.  Remember the police will seek to recover a copy from available CCTV, so ensure that it is kept secure and not deleted or ruined by attempts to play it back locally.

  • Information is very important to the police in such circumstances.  Everyone present should have their details taken for police to interview after the event.  Train staff to assist  - you can make the D&C Police ID guide available to staff which lists the information police will seek out e.g. how many offenders, accents, height, clothing, shoe type/colour etc.   

  • A difficult one, but try to remember exactly what happened and in the order that it occurred.


  • Direction of departure - the escape route - can you advise police as sson as the offenders leave as to their direction of travel and whether a vehicle was used? Can you supply the make, model, colour and registration of any vehicles used?

    Where can YOU get more help and advice?

    Contact your local policing team for more advice and guidance or take a look at the various links and information opposite.

    Becoming part of a partnership or setting one up so that advice and guidance can be delivered to a collective rather than time and again to individual businesses is the best use of time for everyone, so please consider that option.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are proactive with developing crime prevention partnerships and is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers to achieve national standards and locally with those BRP/PCRP that have been established.

    For smaller (or independent) businesses we are developing a relationship to improve advice and guidance sought wih the Federation of Small Businesses 

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Vulnerable - Need advice?

Priority reason: 30 Jul 2020

The Herbert Protocol: What is it?

The Herbert Protocol encourages carers to collate information on those who are vulnerable onto a form that can be given to the police if they go missing. Carers, family members and friends can complete the form recording all vital details such as: Medication required, Mobile numbers, Places previously located, a photograph.

In an event of your family member going missing, the form can be easily handed to the Police to reduce the time taken in gathering this information. The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of Normandy landings, who lived with dementia.

If you think that your family member or friend is at risk of leaving their home and going missing or already has a history of this please fill in the form as soon as possible. You will need the permission from their next of kin.

When should the form be sent to the Police? The Police only need the form at the point the person is reported missing.

Where should the form be stored?: It should be stored in an easily accessible place in the person’s home but kept out of sight of visitors as the information is confidential.

For more information or to download the form please go to:

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Worried about Drugs?

Priority reason: 30 Jul 2020

If you have concerns about any drug related issues in the area you live, keep reading...

What can you do to help:

It is important that, if possible, you make a note of all the vehicles and, where possible, a description of the dealers. Any information you are able to gather should be passed onto your local policing, email: or to the local drugs line through Crimestoppers. Please do not put your own or another’s safety at risk.

The police will investigate the incident. It is quite likely that the Police will not attend immediately as they will be gathering more evidence from other sources so that a successful prosecution can be brought. Be assured that the police take the fight against drugs very seriously and we will do our utmost to help clear up the streets.

You may find an identification guide useful to recall and record details of a person or vehicle. The Devon & Cornwall Identification Guide is found on the doorstep crime page the Force website.

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County Lines

Priority reason: 30 Jul 2020

Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to tackling County Lines within all Communities. Crediton Police are aware that this does concern many people and we delighted to be able to share the information below to help our communities to have strong understanding of the signs and what to look out for.

County Lines: What is it?

County Lines is a term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines.

The gangs are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults in order to move and store drugs and money. To do this they will often use coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons.

The deal line is often treated as a “brand” for the gangs who generally focus on supplying Class A drugs like heroin or crack cocaine.

An operating base is an essential feature of county line gangs. They will regularly exploit vulnerable people, by building up a debt or using threats and violence in order to take over a person’s home. This practice is commonly referred to as “cuckooing”.

What should you look out for?

  • A child or young person going missing from school or home or significant changes in emotional well-being.

  • A person meeting unfamiliar adults or a change to their behaviour

  • The use of drugs and alcohol

  • Acquiring money or expensive gifts they can’t account for.

  • Lone children from outside of the area.

  • Individuals with multiple mobile phones or tablets or “SIM cards”.

  • Young people with more money, expensive clothing, or accessories than they can account for.

  • Unknown or suspicious looking characters coming and going from neighbour’s house.

  • Relationships with controlling or older individuals or associated with gangs.

  • Suspicion of self-harm, physical assault or unexplained inquiries.

  • What is Cuckooing? It is when someone you don’t know takes over your home and uses it as a place to sell, supply or store drugs

  • To report: Ring 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

To find out more information check our main website.....

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Coronavirus is a priority

Priority reason: 03 Apr 2020

Local policing teams across Mid Devon are committed to help and supoort our communities during this unsettled time.

We have increased our patrols and are engaging with communities when possible. Please continue with supporting your local policing teams by only travelling when essential, stay at home, save lives and help protect our NHS.


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Our resolved priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

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