Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

North Devon crime figures fall

PUBLISHED: 14:39 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:39 30 April 2013

Archant

Police say the number of recorded crimes in the region is ‘encouraging’ when compared with last year.

THERE has been an encouraging drop in crime figures during the past year, police have reported.

Across North and West Devon, the number of recorded crimes was down by 6.5 per cent to 8,576 when compared to last year, while the North Devon sector alone saw a 10.5 per cent reduction to 1,734.

Barnstaple is down by 11.4 per cent to 2,646 crimes and Ilfracombe by 11.7 to 949. Bideford was down 1.6 per cent to 1,562, but Torrington has seen an increase of 5.6 to 433.

Across the whole sector, which includes Okehampton and Tavistock, violence with injury was down by 2.9 per cent to 1,119, but South Molton had seen a 19.5 per cent increase to 49 crimes and Torrington a 7.1 per cent rise to 60.

Domestic burglaries had fallen dramatically in most areas, however, with Ilfracombe seeing a reduction of almost 33 per cent to 33 incidents and Torrington falling by more than 40 per cent to 13.

“Bearing in mind these are recorded crimes and we recognise that not everyone reports incidents, the underlying trend even though we are in a time of recession, is very encouraging,” said North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Colin Latham, of Higher Stowford Farm, took the top prize at the Devon Farm Business Awards, with another North Devon farmer also winning Best Woman in Farming.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall Police said there is ‘no specific evidence’ to suggest any local threats, but it urged people to remain vigilant following explosion in Manchester.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

Nature’s Nutrition in Bideford has re-opened as a community-run shop and launched a share offer scheme, after successfully crowdfunding £10,000

Read more
Yesterday, 13:55

UPDATED: The North Devon Link Road is currently closed and both drivers have been airlifted to hospital after being cut from van and lorry by fire fighters.

Read more

Aldi, Costa and Marston’s are the national chains hoping to set up home at Roundswell as part of the St John’s development

Read more
Yesterday, 12:27

SOHS hustings on the NHS at Barnstaple St Peter’s Church, Tuesday, May 30

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

What is life like when you’re the warden of Lundy Island? We took a trip on MS Oldenburg to meet Dean Woofdin Jones and find out.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:12

The A361 between Braunton and Ilfracombe was closed after two vehicles ‘t-boned’ and driver was airlifted to hospital.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:03

People in North Devon and Torridge have until midnight tonight (Monday, May 22) to register if they want to vote in the June 8 General Election

Read more
Yesterday, 09:29

The band of women walked down the Tarka Trail on Saturday night to raise money for North Devon Hospice.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications