Police to act on PACT

PUBLISHED: 14:06 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 15 June 2010

SPEEDING and anti-social behaviour were among the main concerns of rural Axe Valley residents who took part in the Police and Communities Together (PACT) initiative in 2007. Seaton police travelled to surrounding villages last year asking residents which

SPEEDING and anti-social behaviour were among the main concerns of rural Axe Valley residents who took part in the Police and Communities Together (PACT) initiative in 2007.Seaton police travelled to surrounding villages last year asking residents which issues they felt most affected their lives through a series of 'coffee cop shops' and door-to-door activities.PACT boxes were also left in village shops and post offices so villagers could highlight any concerns they felt needed addressing.PC Steve Speariett, rural neighbourhood beat manager for Seaton, said: "During 2007 we have been obtaining the views of the community under the PACT scheme."The responses we have received will determine the way we police the communities in the future."The neighbourhood team at Seaton working with our partner agencies will address these issues over the coming months. "We will publish our response via the press, parish councils and parish notice boards so that the communities can see how we have responded to their concerns and what action we have taken."In total, 221 crimes were reported in the rural areas during 2007.In Axmouth the main crimes were theft (13), many of which were theft of boats and engines from the harbour, and burglary (5), in which outbuildings were entered and tools stolen.Residents of Colyton reported 79 crimes, with 19 thefts and 18 counts of criminal damage the most common complaints.Police identified a number of youths who received letters under the first stage of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO).PC Speariett said of Colyton: "Break-ins to outbuildings on rural properties continue to be a problem where items like chainsaws, lawnmowers and garden machinery are stolen. We are currently planning an operation in order to combat this."Thirteen crimes were reported in Rousdon and Combpyne including a criminal making off from Rousdon garage without paying for petrol and the theft of a red telephone box.Of the 12 offences reported in Southleigh, four were for possession of cannabis and one person was charged with drink-driving.To discuss any issues raised through the crime and PACT figures, contact PC Speariett on (01297) 626700, or email stephen.speariett@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk.

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