North Devon police pleased with crime figures

POLICE are pleased with lower than average crime figures in the run up to Christmas.

Speaking on Thursday, North Devon Sector Inspector Roger Bartlett said there had been no assaults reported among night time revellers in the past two weeks.

“We think the current Christmas campaign is having an effect, making sure police officers are visible, as well as the work of the Street Pastors and working closely with licensees,” he said.

“Violence with injury across the sector is still slightly up at 4.5 per cent, but the trend is downwards, which is encouraging.”

He reported that burglaries of domestic homes across North and West Devon were down by 22.9 per cent for the year. In his own sector of Ilfracombe, Braunton, South Molton and Lynton, domestic dwelling burglaries were down by 14 per cent to 49.

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“One burglary is too many but we are really pleased it is going in the right direction,” he added.

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