September saw a 4.9 per cent increase in crime in Barnstaple on the same period last year.

During the 28 days up to October 3, 216 crimes and 598 calls reporting incidents were recorded.

The crimes included nine dwelling burglaries, 36 incidents of domestic abuse and 68 violent crimes.

Two robberies and 28 shoplifting offences were also recorded.

There have been 2,696 crimes in Barnstaple in the last 12 months.