South Molton local policing team priorities

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Our policing team priorities are as follows:

Our top priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

Rural Crime initiatives

Priority reason: 02 Jan 2019

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.  

Our response:

UPDATE 11 May 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.


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Increased connectivity

Priority reason: 26 Nov 2018

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.   

Our response:

UPDATE 11 May 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.  

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Safer driving

Priority reason: 25 Sep 2018

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.

Our response:

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.   


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Our resolved priorities for your neighbourhood are as follows:

Central Park

Priority reason: 10 Apr 2019

We have received reports of anti-social behaviour in the central park off Mill street.

Our response:

UPDATE 10 Apr 2019 Update 07/07/2018

Officers and staff continue to patrol the area and work closely with the Town council to improve the situation. A meeting is also being planned with young people in conjunction with staff at the YMCA to progress. 

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