Recorded crime falls sharply in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 17:30 26 May 2015


Police are now aiming to clamp down on boy racers.

Crime in Honiton has fallen sharply in the last month compared to the same period last year.

From Monday, April 13, to Sunday, May 10, 35 offences were recorded against 53 for the same period last year - a reduction of 18 crimes.

Of the crimes recorded in the last month, two were thefts from shops and there was one offence of theft by finding and one of theft within a dwelling.

Three assaults causing actual bodily harm were reported, and there were three attempted burglaries.

There were also four offences classed as ‘burglary other’ - as reported previously by the Herald, a series of shed break-ins were carried out around Kings Road in Honiton.

Four common assaults were recorded, as were six incidents of criminal damage - this consists of damage to a building, four to vehicles and one unspecified.

There were two offences of being drunk and disorderly in a public place - both committed by the same offender who has since been charged to court.

There was also one of making off without payment of fuel, one fraud offence which is being investigated, and five public order offences.

The remaining crimes were one communications act offence, and one sexual offence. In the latter offence, the offender was known to the victim.

Honiton PCSO Steve Mingo said: “It is encouraging to see another drop in the monthly crime figures.

“However Honiton Neighbourhood Police Team are now planning ahead for the months to come. We will continue high-visibility patrols in light of the increased population of the South West during the summer months due to the tourism industry.”

Police are also launching a crackdown on boy racers in Honiton.

Officers have identified Tesco car park, in Battishorne Way, as a hot spot of activity for the racers.

They are teaming up with the district council to tackle antisocial drivers who abuse the car park, with powers ranging from fines to the seizures of cars.

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