Crime drops in Sidmouth


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CRIME in Sidmouth in March fell by more than half – 55 per cent – when compared to the same period last year.

Town neighbourhood beat manager PC Jim Tyrrell told civic leaders of last month’s tally on Monday – and hailed a downward trend in the face of cuts affecting the Devon and Cornwall force.

There were 25 recorded crimes in the Sidmouth area during March.

These included five incidents of shoplifting, four of criminal damage, seven assaults, one theft from a person, two ‘non-specific’ thefts, one burglary of a dwelling, and two of criminal damage to a vehicle.

A drink-driver and two offences under the Communications Act were also logged.

The same period last year saw 56 recorded crimes.

“Bearing in mind resources have been somewhat strapped due to cutbacks, it’s good to see the crime rate is maintaining its downward trend,” said PC Tyrrell.