Crime figures lowest for eight years in Seaton rural area

Police called to just one incident over the festive period

CRIMINALS took a Christmas break in the Seaton rural policing area this year, according to the latest figures.

There were nine reported incidents in December – just one during the festive period - the lowest total since at least 2004.

But the monthly crime figure was slightly up - from eight in November – an increase of 13 per cent.

Most incidents happened in Colyton where the seven recorded crimes included burglary of a home at Govers Meadow, an assault on a man in Courtenay Drive by two other males following an argument and damage to a parked vehicle in Hillhead.

At Beer a car’s tyres were deflated leading to damage to the wheel and at Rousdon and Combpyne the only incident involved a case of domestic harassment.

There were no crimes recorded at Axmouth, Branscombe, Farway, Northleigh and Southleigh.

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Commenting on the figure PC Steve Speariett said: “December’s total of nine crimes is the lowest since at least 2004 and the average for December has been 14 crimes in that period. In every month apart from June and July the crime totals were below the long term average and 2011 saw the lowest ever crime totals since at least 2004.

“Apart from one incident in Colyton there were no reported crimes over the Christmas and New Year period.

“The neighbourhood team would like to thank the communities, partners and parish councils for their support over the last year and together we hope to reduce crime further in 2012.”

If you have any information on any of the crimes please get in touch with Seaton Police Station on 101, by e-mail at or you call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.