Updated October 2019



On this page you will find a statement of purpose, a map showing the areas we cover, points of contact, links to useful websites and details of the latest parish wide appeals we have made.

Our aim is to provide support to our community, helping one another stay safe and to ensure Talaton remains an extremely low crime area. With police resources so thinly spread, we believe with everyone looking out for one another we may be able to prevent repeat incidents.

Below is a map which should help you identify who is co-ordinating your part of the parish, they are your first port of call. If you farm anywhere within the parish you have a dedicated co-ordinator.




The current list of co-ordinators is

Andrea Down   Farm co-ordinator   Tel 01404 823 042

Jan/Andy May   Central    Talaton Inn to Harris Farm, up to The Forge House and back to the Inn   Tel 01404 822 526

Steve Spratt   Woodmans Orchard and Orchard Hill   Tel 01404 822 461

Jan/Andy May   West end    Stoney Court to Lower Westcott Farm TALATONNHW@GMAIL.COM   Tel 01404 822 526

Chris Harwood   The Moor    Talaton House to Laurel Cottage   Tel 01404 822 143

Jenny/Gordon Pring   Newtown     Moorhayes Court to Railway Cottages   Tel 01404 823 222

Sarah/Laurence Wood   Lashbrook Road    Rydon Farm to Ivy Cottages   Tel 07756 957 452

Philip Higginson   Talewater    Hill farm to river Tale Tel 01404 850 758

Bob Abraham   Escot    Beacon Cottages to FairmileTel 01404 823 347

Douglas May   Larkbeare     Beacon Cross to Larkbeare Grange Tel 01404 823 051

A major purpose of the scheme is to forward relevant information regarding crime in our area as it is received from the police. If we receive requests from people in the parish we will provide them with advice such as who to contact within the police for reporting crime, investigation updates or crime prevention advice, what sort of information the police need to take further action. If a victim asks us for it, the scheme will notify the Parish about their crime and ask if you saw anything relevant or to keep a watch out for repeat incidents. We will also keep you updated with local crime trends, appeals and policing priorities.

We hope you have already told your local co-ordinator of you’d like to be part of this scheme. Please be assured we are not asking you to do anything extra, just look out for one another as you already do. By giving us your phone number and email we can let you know about important local issues. Your data will only be used for Neighbourhood Watch purposes and won’t be passed on. If your contact details change or you move away please also let your co-ordinator know.


Useful links

Please click here for a link to our local policing team page showing their news, priorities and officers.

Please click here for a link to the Devon & Cornwall police web site for various means of making contact with them including the option to report crime.

Please click here for a link to the south west regional victim care unit.

Please click here for a link to the national Neighbourhood Watch knowledge base containing useful crime prevention advice.

Please click here for a link to the Crime Stoppers web site where you can provide information anonymously about crime, view wanted criminals and obtain crime preventation advice.

Please click here  here for a link to the Action Fraud web site where you can report fraud and cyber crime as well as pick up useful advice on recent scams and online safety tips. Further advice to minimise your risk of becoming a victim of fraud can be found at take 5 to stop fraud aimed at the general public here.

Please click here for a link to the Fundraising Regulator. Here you will find the rules covering door to door sellers and the means to complain about those who are not following those rules. Alternatively ring 0300 999 3407.

If you have joined this scheme you will already receive Alert messages sent by D&C police and selected by us to only include those that most directly effect our parish.To receive more you can either sign up to the Alert site and select those topics of most interest to you (eg. horse watch) or you can browse all their latest Alerts here .

Incidents relating to dog fouling and dogs dangerously out of control are rarely a police matter. East Devon enviormental health provide an online reporting service which can be accessed here. They have assured us they will not pass on your details to the dog owner. The laws changed in 2014 and a guide can be found here .

Latest parish wide appeals from the Talaton Neighbourhood Watch

October 2018. There have been serveral complaints about speeding and dangerous driving in the village. If you have witnessed an example please use the 101 police reporting system, see link above. Please provide as much detail as possible. In the meantime please keep safe. We advice walkers, cyclists and joggers to wear high viz clothing even on a sunny day as drivers with sun on their windscreen may not see you in the shade. Cyclists should also consider flashing lights both day and night for the same reason. Drivers please be considerate. Driving into the sun can make it hard to see into the shadows, with a low sun behind you people coming towards you may not see you. Whilst the police are not intending to take action immediately they will monitor the level of concern reported and act appropriately when resources permit.

November 2018. Appeal for witnesses to a fatal accident on A30 near Daisymount. This occurred on on 28/11/2018 at 18:14. Police are requesting contact from anyone who saw a male in dark clothing and light shoes walking on the A30 between 17:55 and the time of the accident. Please use 101 by phone or email contact above and quote log 770.

December 2018. Local businesses should be aware of another series of thefts from vans in Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton. There have been 9 cases in the last few days of tools and valuables stolen totaling over £8,000 in value. See police web site for precise locations.

February 2019. Farmers asked to be vigillant in light of recent theft of tools from farm workshop in Woodbury . Any information to police via 101 or crime stoppers quoting CR/013327/19.

February 2019. Presentation from the police on cyber crime at the parish hall. Recommended reading is the "take 5 to stop fraud" web site (see links tabove).  Key themes were: use strong and unique passwords especially to protect your email, know that caller display may not show the true number when fraudsters ring, avoid bogus offers circulated on social media that sound too generous, don't open links in unsolicited emails, install security software and download software updates.

June 2019. Reminder sent by police that we are now entering a period where history shows an increase in opportunist crime crime in beauty spot car parks. They state " When you park, even if it is not for very long, please ensure you lock your car and remove any valuable or tempting items from view or better still, take then with you. If you see anyone suspicious in the area especially if they seem to be paying attention to parked cars then call police on 101 - take a photo of them or their vehicle if you are able to without putting yourself at risk. All reports help us to build a picture of what is happening".

July 2019. Police appeal for sightings of items stolen in series of nearby burglaries. Items include brown Louis Vitton suitcase, black square Dior handbag with gold strap, red Louis Vitton clutch bag and a gold chain with yellow gold petals and white dappled petals. If you see any of these items please contact the police immediately via 101 quoting alert circulation of 24/07/19 or contact crimestoppers anonymously.

August 2019. Police launch horse watch, a regular newsletter for those with a interest in this field. To sign up to receive the newsletter please use the DC Alert link a few paragraphs above. If you'd like to see their first news letter, click the following link.  Devon and Cornwall Horse Watch Newletter August 2019 PDF.pdf

September 2019. Police have arrested and bailed a suspect following a series of car break ins around Cranbrook. They request you dont leave valuables even if they are hidden and make sure you leave your car secure.

September 2019. Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision on the road that runs under Exeter airport on the evening of 10/09/2019. Anybody with any information is asked to contact police via 101 (see link above) quoting log 0853 of that day.

Please let your local co-ordinator know if you would find further information on this page helpful.

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