North Devon police enjoy ‘quiet’ New Year’s Eve

Officers make a total of 25 arrests across North and West Devon policing area.

The region’s police reported a fairly quiet night across North Devon as thousands gathered to see in the New Year.

Between 7pm on New Year’s Eve and 7am the next day, no significant incidents of major disorder were reported in the North and West Policing Area, which stretches from Tavistock to Lynton.

There were 25 arrests made, seven from incidents of domestic abuse. The cells in Barnstaple were full with a prisoner from South Molton taken to Exeter instead.

“There were a large number of people out enjoying the celebrations, especially in Bideford and Barnstaple, and the vast majority enjoyed the festivities in good spirit,” said Chief inspector Tony Davies, police commander for local events.

“I think it is fair to say that because of the significant numbers of officers and the additional powers in place to disperse troublesome groups, we were also able to deal with low level disorder effectively without needing to arrest.

“It is very possible that while some may have avoided arrest on the night, they may still receive a visit at home from officers in the coming days to issue penalty notices for disorder.”

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Bideford saw 12 offences reported and five arrests. These included a 47-year-old man arrested for two suspected assaults at the Waterfront Inn, Westward Ho!

A 21-year-old man was arrested after a 17-year-old boy was knocked unconscious on Bideford Quay, losing several teeth. A 16-year-old girl was arrested for being drunk and disorderly, plus a 40-year-old man and 42-year-old woman were arrested and later bailed on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

In Barnstaple, six offences were reported and five arrests, including two for domestic related assaults.

Ilfracombe saw six arrests, including three for domestic related assaults. Two teenaged boys of 15 and 17 were arrested following a suspected assault in Fore Street.

In Braunton, one 44-year-old woman was arrested for an alleged family related assault.

There were two arrests in South Molton and three in Torrington, which included a 41-year-old man arrested outside the Cavalier Inn on suspicion of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage. He has been bailed pending further enquiries.

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