Updated May 2021



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 07709 080 439

Becky/Phil Everett   Newtown     Moorhayes Court to Railway Cottages   Tel 01404 823 292

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

The main 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. We will also post appeals on the Talaton Talk facebook page for the information of all those who have joined this closed local group.


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 as well as report concerns without anonymity about other non-emergency police issues such as:- criminal activity, speeding / dangerous driving, lost or found property.

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 web site 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. Alternatively ring 0800 555111 .

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. If you have been received a suspicious email that you think is a scam, please don't click on it, just forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk . To speak to someone during weekday office hours contact the Citizens Advice scam advisors on freephone 0808 250 5050.

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 environmental 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 .

Older drivers forum. This forum has been created to help keep mature motorists on the road safely. This partnership between emergency services, charities, local authorities and business is a not for profit organisation. Follow this link for information, advice, videos and courses. This site is also a useful resource for family and friends of mature drivers.


Latest parish wide appeals from the Talaton Neighbourhood Watch

May 2020. Police notified us of a series of thefts of fuel from parked vehicles. To date there have been 9 incidents with the closest to us at Gittisham. Some of the thefts have involved drilling holes in the tank, others the tank has been pulled off the vehicle. It would appear the Gittisham theft occurred in the middle of the night and might have involved a van similar in shape to those used by milkmen. Any info to the police via 101 or crime stoppers quote  CR033798/20.

June 2020. From police crime commissioner .... "there is some suggestion that unscrupulous criminals will seek to exploit this opportunity so it is worth knowing that if NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will using a single phone number which is 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk . Contact tracers will never ask you to dial a premium rate number, for bank or password details or to make any form of payment". Alison Hernandez. 

8th July 2020. Missing 15yr old Billy Allen from Payhembury. Cancelled on 09/0720 having been found safe and well and thanks from the police for our vigilance.

9th Aug 2020. At 2.30pm a silver VW Passatt VA04LHX drove onto Rydon Farm. The 3 large white male occupants, possibly foreign approached the farm house. They were challenged and unable to explain what they were doing there. They were asked to leave and did so. The residents were very intimidated by this incident. Any further intelligence on this vehicle or incident, please pass to police via 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress.

11th Sep 2020. A black new model Ford Transit on Polish plate PO1HG19 was seen today on a farm in Feniton. The rear of the van contained dogs in cages and the occupants claimed to be there to walk their dogs. The farm owner suspects they were there to steal her dogs. The driver was a female with long hair in her 30s. The passenger was a male in 30s with shaved head. Both had foreign accents. This vehicle has also been sighted in Cranbrook. Sightings to police via 101 or dial 999 if a crime is in progress. 

30th Sep 2020. D&C police alert received about higher than usual number of scams presently. Many but not all of these seem to have the common theme of Amazon. In summary people have received emails about unsolicited phone upgrades, automated phone calls telling you to press your key pad, requests for you to purchase vouchers, a request to download a phone app or emails with links for you to press. These are all scams. Do not follow the instructions or press the links. Police advice is " If you want to check a call is genuine  - hang up and make contact the company via a reliable source. Please wait ten minutes before making another call or clear the line by phoning a friend/family member. Report crimes via action fraud and other concerns please contact the police "

14th December 2020. Phishing email sent to Talaton residents pretending to be from Voneus CEO, Steve Leighton. It tries to encourage you to listen to his recorded message by putting in your email and email password. Please do not fall for this or similar attempts to steal your details. Forward such emails to report@phishing.gov.co.uk. If you do fall victim to such an attempt, immediately change your main email password, look out for notifications of changed passwords on other accounts you own and report the matter to Action Fraud, see link above.

7th January 2021. Yet more Covid related scam attempts. This time people are reminded that should they be contacted about receiving the vaccine, you will never be asked to provide your bank details. For the latest news on Covid related scams, click on the National Neighbourhood Watch link above and under the news page you will see all the latest Covid related cons. 

 27th April 2021. Warning from police re fake adverts for tractors and farm machinery on Ebay. Their advice is to see the items and make appropriate checks against HPI, physical paperwork and view it on site. Don't be tempted to rush payment to secure underpriced items you've not seen.

12th May 2021. Spring news letter from Horse Watch circulated. 

17th May 2021. Spring news letter from Rural Crime team circulated to farming contacts. To view it follow this link https://www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/media/1288964/rural-newsletter-spring-2021.pdf .

17th May 2021. National Neighbourhood Watch launch "protect your pooch" campaign. The main messages are keep the dog in a secure place, in sight, ensure it is chipped and photographed. They are running a dog theft online seminar on 27/05/21 at 5pm. To book a place follow the link here

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

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