Appeal for witnesses after 150 traps smashed at Crow

'Crab wars' have erupted again in North Devon after up to 150 crab traps were smashed at Crow Point.

Police are treating the incident as criminal damage and have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The traps, usually pieces of tile or guttering, are laid on the shore to collect crabs, which use them for shelter during their moulting or 'peeling' stage.

They are a highly prized bait for sea anglers and can cost as much as £1 per crab in some areas.

The Taw and Torridge estuary has had a history of disputes over crab traps, with tempers sometimes running high.

Anyone who has any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting CR/049071/15.