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Anti-social behaviour in Torrington

We have received the following neighbourhood alert from Devon & Cornwall Police:-

“We have received reports of anti-social behaviour taking place in the area of Potacre Street and South Street Car Park in Torrington. Anti social behaviour has been taking place by persons congregating.
We aim to increase patrols but ask for the public to be vigilant and report any anti-social behaviour by phoning 999 if it is taking place at the time.
If you have any information please phone 101 or email
If possible please take a note of descriptions.
Thank you”.

Devon & Cornwall Police – Halloween advice

This year we’re asking people to celebrate Halloween at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Sorry… No trick, or treat, meet or greet this Halloween

Due to the ‘rule of six’ which applies indoors and outdoors, gatherings that exceed this limit, such as traditional Halloween parties and social events, cannot take place this year.  

Police and partner agencies are encouraging trick-or-treaters to stay at home in order to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Some people, particularly if elderly or vulnerable, might be distressed by strangers knocking at their door during the evening – even more so during a global pandemic.

No Trick Or Treat Poster

Print the above poster and display on your home, or on the homes of your vulnerable neighbours or relatives.

Halloween at home – alternatives to trick or treating for families and young children

  • Organise a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around your house or garden.
  • Arrange a virtual fancy dress party online and invite your friends and family.
  • Out-boo your neighbours and have a window decorating competition.
  • Get creative in the kitchen. Go online to find the recipes for spooky snacks.
  • Decorate your living room and create your own scary cinema.
  • Play Halloween inspired games with your friends and family.
  • Try safely carving a pumpkin and share images with your friends.

Have you tried the Halloween puzzle?

Halloween Social Media Pic

North Devon Councillor Advocate Scheme: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has approached the Town Council and asked for a Councillor to be nominated as a representative on their Councillor Advocate Scheme. The scheme currently has around 150 nominated advocates.

The Councillor Advocate Scheme is just one element of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) Police and Crime Plan and aims to better connect the police, the public and the commissioner.

The advocate will receive regular updates and briefings as well as opportunities to have access to;

  • a quarterly meeting with the police at a local level,
  • councillor advocate themed seminars each year
  • a named contact within the commissioner’s office
  • police campaign materials (e.g. posters and leaflets)

We hope this role will help increase communication between the Town Council and the Police Service and be of benefit to the wider community.  The Town Council’s Advocate is Cllr Di Davey.

Contacting the Police

This summer, we are expecting more people to visit Devon and Cornwall and this may increase demand on the police’s contact centres. So if you have need to contact the police why not ClickB4UCall.

Devon & Cornwall Police offer a range of online services which can be used to report any non-emergency crimes and incidents including Report Crime Online, WebChat and Email 101.
If you have a question and not sure who can help then AskNED – the non-emergency directory.

Contacting your Local Policing Team

If you have a non-urgent matter that you wish to bring to the attention of your Local Policing Team, the easiest way of contacting them is as follows :

Go to this Devon and Cornwall Police web-page here –

On that page go to the Find your Local Policing Team box.

Fill in either the relevant location or post-code, or use the drop down menu to select the appropriate Neighbourhood.

Click the Search button.

Details of the Local Policing Team will then be displayed, along with a box allowing anyone to send a message to that team.  

Neighbourhood Watch

A local neighbourhood watch is a group of like-minded neighbours getting together to help reduce crime and make their community safer.

The aims of Neighbourhood Watch are:

To prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance and maintaining a caring community.

To assist the police in detecting crime by encouraging prompt reporting of criminal or suspicious activity.

To reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about risks and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit.

To improve communication between police and the community.

How Neighbourhood Watch works

Schemes are run by their members and led by a resident volunteer co-ordinator, whose job it is to get people working together and make sure things get done.

The co-ordinator liaises with the police and acts as a voice for the community. Some schemes also have a committee that meets regularly to plan which problems to target and what actions to take. 

Schemes are supported by the police, the local authority and their local Neighbourhood Watch associations. 

Neighbourhood Watch schemes vary in size – they can be large, covering most of the houses on an estate, or they may involve just a few houses.

Torridge District Neighbourhood Watch

Torridge NHW covers the areas of Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington and we are proud that it is one of the safest places in England and Wales.   Our aim is to help the police to keep it as a very low crime area by  “increasing the awareness of crime without increasing the fear of crime”.  The public plays a vital role in helping the police to reduce crime and NHW is a popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved.  It is a proven fact that neighbourhoods covered by a Watch scheme tend to be less likely to become victims of burglary and other crimes.  Watch schemes can vary in size from just two or three residents up to several dozen on an estate or block of flats and the schemes help to foster neighbourliness and community spirit which go towards building better communities. For further information and contacts please look at our website at: or call Tom Carrick, our chairman, on 01237 474031

Torrington Police Station

Please visit Devon and Cornwall Police web page for full details of Torrington Police Station including opening times and location.  You can do this by clicking on the Related Link to the right of this page (Useful Links – Torrington General).

To contact your local Police station, or for any other NON-EMERGENCY issues, please telephone 101.

Neighbourhood Policing

The Police are seeking to work increasingly closer with their partners at both Town and District Council levels to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

Torrington Police cover a large rural area including and surrounding Torrington. The rural area encompasses 28 rural parishes and over 250 square miles of the Torridge area including Alverdiscott, High Bickington, Winkleigh, Dolton, Merton, Petrockstow, Shebbear, Newton St Petrock, Frithelstock, Weare Giffard and all parishes between and within. A number of well established villages lie within this area but in the main it is sparsely populated.

The main industry for the area is of course agricultural or services connected with it. The pressures on villages to grow are easy to see with developments in many villages currently being built. With this increased population comes greater demand on resources and services. With an increasing number of people prepared to commute from their homes large distances in order to secure work the pressures on our countryside and village life has never been greater.

The rural area is served by a number of nearby towns but locally by Torrington. Based at the Police Station are the neighbourhood detailed above along with a number of Response Officers covering the more general police duties and incidents. 

Currently the recorded crime in the area is one of the lowest in the Country, serious crime and disorder are very rare. It is understood from consultation that the fear of crime remains much higher than the actual risk of becoming the victim of crime. It is the ongoing aim and intention of The Team to continue to reduce crime and the perceptions that lead to the fear of it.