Devon & Cornwall Police Oct 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to Braunton Rural Police’s monthly newsletter.

Devon and Cornwall Police want to ensure that Halloween is a happy and safe time for everyone.

If you are going trick or treating this Halloween we want you to have fun and be safe but remember not everyone wants to call at their home.

The ‘Sorry, No Trick, No Treat, No Thanks’ campaign encourages members of the public who do not want to be bothered by trick or treaters to download and print this poster and place it in the front door or window of their homes. In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the number of people participating in Halloween fun.

‘We’d say to anyone who’s going trick or treating to think about other people, particularly the elderly and vulnerable as they may get worried if strangers are continually calling at the door during the evening. We don’t want to discourage anyone or spoil anyone’s fun but we’d ask people not to call at homes displaying this poster.’

You can download the poster from

To have fun and safe Halloween follow these top tips:

  1. Always be accompanied by an adult when you are trick or treating
  2. Only go to houses of people you know and who are happy for you to call
  3. Stay safe, keep to places that you know and are well lit
  4. Carry a torch and a fully charged mobile phone
  5. Watch out for traffic — drivers might not see you.

Have fun but stay safe this Bonfire Night

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue receive reports and are called out to deal with children and adults being injured by fireworks.
Each year children and adults are injured as a result of fireworks and sparklers. Sparklers can reach temperatures 15 times hotter than that of boiling water and 5 times hotter than cooking oil. Anyone deciding to handle sparklers should do so with extreme care.

Crimes reported September 2017

Croyde and Georgeham: 11 crimes
Ashford: 0 crimes
Marwood: 5 crimes

Ask NED is a Non-Emergency Directory.

It is a new service that combines the questions that members of the public have asked with contact details of those that can help. Ask NED includes the Ask the Police database and common questions asked of our partner organisations.


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Contact us

Emergency dial 999

Non emergency dial 101

or email 101@DC.Police.UK


You can download this full Newsletter here

Harmful & Noxious Weeds Awareness

Dr Eirene Williams CEnv FCIEEM(Rtd) of Croyde has advised residents of the parish to be more aware of harmful & noxious weeds and plants that present a threat the area and/or become very hard to control.

It’s the ones growing on your land that you need to keep an eye on. While it is not an offence to allow the following ten “harmful weeds” and “invasive non-native plants” to grow on your land, it is necessary to prevent them spreading on to other people’s property or into the wild. Failure to control these species spreading from your land can result in a fine or prosecution.

The full notice with advice on how to deal with them can be found Here

These are the troublemakers:

  1. Common Ragwort Senecio jacobaea
  2. Creeping Thistle Cirsium arvense
  3. Spear Thistle Cirsium vulgare
  4. Broad–leaved Dock Rumex obtusifolius
  5. Curled Dock Rumex crispus
  6. Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica
  7. Himalayan Balsam
  8. Rhododendron ponticum
  9. Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum
  10. New Zealand Pigmyweed Crassula helmsi

Parish Boundary Review

At an extraordinary meeting of North Devon Council on Wednesday evening the 20th of September the District Council agreed to make a recommendation to the Boundary Commission for England as follows:

Morte Hoe and Woolacombe ward reduced to a one councillor ward covering Woolacombe, Morte Hoe, Lincombe Lee and West Down. The proposal then has Georgeham included within a Braunton East ward along with Knowle, and Croyde included within a Braunton West ward.

These changes will not affect the Parish boundary at present but as for the future, who knows what may happen. Effectively we will have district councillor coverage of our parish granted by two Brunton based councillors and that is where I believe their priorities will lie. Also this will effectively split Georgeham Parish in two as far as district councillor cover goes – not a good idea at all in my opinion.

As far as funding and enhancement of Georgeham, Croyde and the outer Parish hamlets goes, we could end up with the short end of the stick for most of the time so to speak. I strongly urge you all as residents of Georgeham Parish to voice your concerns over these proposals and object to them in the strongest possible terms.

You may wish to make representation to the relevant body that will eventually make this decision about all of our futures.

Cut off date for objections and concerns: 2nd October 2017

Address by post to:
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
14 Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP

Or Email:

There is also a portal available which submissions can be made via which is:

I urge you all to respond to this request to keep Georgeham Parish safe for the future.

An example template letter/email/portal submission can be found HERE. You can of course copy and paste the content to edit it as you wish.

Discussion can be continued at next weeks monthly Parish Council meeting or you can contact me directly for further information.

John Symonds, Chairman, Georgeham Parish Council


Combe Martin & Croyde Perception Survey

As part of his A-Level Geography fieldwork investigation, Samuel Shackleton of Queen Mary’s Grammar School is comparing Croyde and Combe Martin by looking at socio-economic differences between the two villages and surrounding areas.

He has kindly requested residents of Croyde take part in his survey via the link below which only takes a few minutes to complete:

If you have any further feedback that might help his research please also contact him via his email:

Steve’s Croyde to Kirkwall Cycle Ride

Steve Griggs is cycling 1,000 miles (ish!) for: PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide because Suicide is the leading cause of death for u35s.

I believe this is relevant for young people and families who live in the parish and elsewhere. In two weeks today Wed 26th July I shall be cycling from Croyde to Kirkwall in Orkney. I am trying to raise funds and awareness for the Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide charity. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in the United Kingdom.

For further information please see my Just Giving Page

We exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behavior.


JustGiving is the world’s most trusted platform for online giving. Our mission is to ensure no great cause goes unfunded. We are enormously proud to have helped people in 164 countries raise over $4.5 billion for good causes since we were founded in 2001.

Go North Devon: Ring & Ride Service

GO NORTH DEVON runs a Ring & Ride service for people with mobility problems, disabilities or those who are isolated in the community without transport.

The minibus has a tail lift and is wheelchair accessible.
It offers a weekly door to door service from your home to Barnstaple Town Centre or one of the Barnstaple supermarkets every Monday for £6.20 return.

They also run:

  • Out & About Trips
  • Shopmobility Service
  • Cancer Care Car to get you to your Cancer related hospital appointments

Call 01271 328866 or go to for more details and book your seat.

Or visit:
The Shopmobility Centre
Albert Lane
EX32 8RL


Go North Devon relies on the generosity of those who value our services either as users, friends and relatives of users or those who just know and value all we do to help those who are disabled, isolated and lonely to have opportunities to have a better quality of life.
Please click here should you wish to donate.


Volunteering with Go North Devon is not just driving… although they do need volunteers with D1 on their licence to drive our minibus. There are many skills, which are needed including passenger/wheelchair escorts, sighted guides and friends to join our Friends of Go North Devon Fundraising Group, Shopmobility receptionists and management board members.
Please click here should you wish to find out about how to volunteer.

For much more about Go North Devon visit their website:

North Devon Link Road Public Consultation

North Devon Link Road – Public Consultation Exhibitions on Proposals for Improvement between South Molton to Bideford.

Devon County Council is consulting on a scheme to improve the section of the NDLR between Borner’s Bridge Junction on the A361 north of South Molton and Heywood Road Roundabout on the A39 north of Bideford to help inform further design work and develop a preferred option.

Public Consultation exhibitions are being held at the following locations to provide information and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

Green Lanes (Barnstaple)
Friday 16th June 2017 – 9am to 5pm
Saturday 17th June 2017 – 9am to 5pm
Town Hall (Bideford)
Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 12pm to 8pm
Amory Centre (South Molton)
Friday 23rd June 2017 – 12pm to 8pm
Unmanned Exhibition
Bideford Room – Taw View, Barnstaple
Monday 24th July 2017 – Friday 28th July 2017

Or visit our website and have your say from 9th June to 28th July 2017


Letter Below from Rachel Walker
Senior Engineer (Special Projects)
Engineering Design Group – Devon County Council

Good morning
I am emailing you to give you advanced notice that Devon County Council will be holding a Public Consultation on the North Devon Link Road (NDLR).

The NDLR is inadequate in performing its multiple functions of a strategic transport link, local route and focus for economic growth.
Devon County Council is consulting on a scheme to improve the section of the NDLR between Borner’s Bridge Junction on the A361 north of South Molton and Heywood Road Roundabout on the A39 north of Bideford to help inform further design work and develop a preferred option.

The potential improvements to the NDLR aim to be the catalyst to facilitate a higher level of economic development by driving forward an ambitious growth strategy for the area as set out in the Local Plan. The scheme will be a substantial improvement to the existing road and address several issues already prevalent along the route.

The Public Consultation will run from the 9th June, 2017 and last for 7 weeks until 28th July, 2017. Public Consultation exhibitions are being held at the following locations to provide information about the preliminary design option for improving this section of the NDLR and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions.

  • Green Lanes (Barnstaple)
  • Town Hall (Bideford)
  • Amory Centre (South Molton)
  • Unmanned Exhibition – Bideford Room – Taw View, Barnstaple

Due to the need to meet the government’s timetable for submission of the funding bid there is a 7-week period for your consideration of the proposals and response. Consequently we are providing advance notice of this in the anticipation that you can meet this deadline. If you see this as a problem please let me know as soon as possible.
I have also attached a poster advertising the exhibitions, which I would be grateful if you could display on your public noticeboards.

Download Poster

Kind regards


Rachel Walker
Senior Engineer (Special Projects)
Engineering Design Group – Devon County Council
Tel: 01392 382715
Fax: 01392 382342

Meet The Royal Marines in Braunton and Croyde

On the 24th April a team of Royal Marines commenced running 16.64 miles every day for in 100 days.

On the 21st May they will be supported by Royal Marines from Commando Logs Regiment leaving RMB Chivenor at 10:00 and passing through Braunton at 10:15 and Croyde at 11:00 carrying on route to Ilfracombe.

WHY?? The fallout from recent and past conflicts has left a growing need to support those Royal Marines who have had life changing injuries both physical and mental and the families of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

To donate to their efforts, please visit the challenge JustGiving Page here:

For more information go here

Or Email:
Reg Charity No: 1134205

Happy 40th Anniversary – North Devon Ramblers!

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary we are running 10 walks in 9 days between the 20th and 28th May. East to west moors to coast, 3.5 to 12 miles, by car and by bus. Excellent company. Three lunch/tea options. Two opportunities for a pint. What more could you want? It’s our anniversary but we want to share our celebrations with everyone out there so please spread the word, invite your friends, family and work colleagues to celebrate with us.

North Devon Ramblers

View the timetable of 40th Anniversary Walks Here

View the official Poster to print yourself Here

View the official North Devon Ramblers article Here

For further information contact:

Joan on 01271 376 274  or

Angela on 07720 203 737