THERE were approximately 250 recorded crimes in the Bovey Tracey parish over the past year – fewer than the previous year, some of which was under covid restrictions.

In his annual report to Bovey Tracey Town Council last week, PCSO Paul Wilson stated the figures, dating from April 1, 2022 to March 13 this year, covered the area of the town, Heathfield, the A382 and parts of the A38 corridor.  

The five most recorded crimes were: assaults 64; criminal damage 40; theft 29; driving offences 22 and harassment offences 20. 

In the same period there were more than 600 other calls for police assistance in one form or another. This includes anti-social behaviour, road traffic accidents, missing persons, concerns for welfare and road obstructions. This figure also showed a decrease from the previous 12 months. 

PCSO Wilson also reported: ‘In the latter part of 2022 we saw an increase in anti social behaviour involving young people. This does now appear to of tailed off after increased patrolling and with actions taken against identified offenders. 

‘The town council also took steps to reduce the opening hours of the toilet block which became a focal point for some of the young people involved. A meting was held in February with several partners, looking forward and planning some possible interventions for 2023. 

‘Several weather occurrences saw a lot or requests for assistance as roads were blocked by either flood water or falling trees and debris. This weather also led to icy roads and several road traffic incidents all needing police attendance.

‘Police surgeries have recommenced in the Riverside Community centre and will continue through 2023  If anyone in the community has any ideas of how we can be more visible in our community, we are always ready to listen.’ 

He added the neighbourhood team, comprising Sgt Seth Sanders. PC Dave Gibson and PCSOs Tina Jordan and Paul Wilson, will continue work with the town council, community groups and partners to serve their communities in the coming year.