Slight July crime rise in Sidmouth

THERE was a rise in crime figures during July, but only by six on last year s figure.

THERE was a rise in crime figures during July, but only by six on last year's figure.

Reporting statistics to Sidmouth Town Council on Monday, PC Steve Lemon said there had been eight crimes of violence and 15 thefts during the month, together with 18 thefts or damage to cars and bicycles and nine of criminal damage.

Only one house burglary and one commercial burglary had been committed during July, he added.

Anti-social behaviour was also up, from six incidents to 17, but, explained PC Lemon, in June just 214 incidents were reported to the police, compared to 292 in July.

PC Lemon said police had received a number of calls about youths in The Byes.

"Hopefully we have dealt with that, it is just a congregating place for them," he said.