Avon and Somerset Police Update
The Police had tendered apologies but a written statement was submitted in advance and read out by the clerk.
Over the past 3 months the Exmoor beat team have been busy with the general day to day work and have also been heavily committed with a few individual people/families which has taken a lot of resources and time.
PCSO’s Michelle and Linda have been working closely with 15 Year 4 pupils from 3 schools (Cutcombe, Exford, and Timberscombe) on a 9 week Mini Police programme.
The sessions have been lovely to get the children involved. Their work has included a social action project and the children chose Farm Watch as a focus. The group were lucky enough to visit a local farm in Exford where the children conducted a Farm safety check and registered the Farm for the Farm watch scheme. They also marked items with the unique Selecta DNA.
They also were taken to the ASP Wilfred Fuller Training site where the children had an interaction with the Police dogs, Road safety, The mounted section and Drones.
The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it was a great way to peek behind the scenes and show how the different Police units work.
Crime Figures for the past 3 Months
ASP have had 93 Reported crimes overall for the whole of the Exmoor area.
There have been some rural crimes where rural vehicles have been stolen. This is currently under investigation by PC James Calloway. The team will visit victims of crime and try to gather intelligence where possible to help colleagues with any investigations moving forward.
PCSOs Michelle and Linda will be attending Dunster by Candlelight on Saturday 2nd December and Dulverton by Starlight on Sunday 3rd December. The beat team will be patrolling the events with Community engagement.
The team are always looking at signing up new farms and small holdings to the ASP Farm and Horse watch so please spread the word. It’s a completely free scheme and literally takes a couple of minutes to fill out the form. Once completed it will be sent off and then participants will receive notifications concerning any farm rural related crime. Farm Watch members are also provided with free gate signage and this can be replaced if needed in the future. ASP have a range of signs including signs to warn dog walkers to put their dogs on leads. (This is of course especially important around livestock).
The beat team can be contacted on
Please can ASP remind you to report any crimes and incidents via 101 or on the online reporting portal on the website. It is important not to leave reports on individual officers answer phones as this can lead to delays in contact and recording. The team will happily get back to you upon return for rest days or commitments but unfortunately their phones are not 24/7.
The police would like to remind everyone that they still have a wanted person in the Minehead area.
Richard Scatchard (also known as Richard Dunlop) is a 70 year old male: Approximately 5ft 11ins of average build with short grey hair, normally clean shaven (however this may have changed since last seen). He has a Scottish accent. It’s believed Scatchard could be using a distinctive electric bicycle-Grey Gepida Albion Curve which has a pink front tyre rim, flowers on the rim of the rear tyre and green and yellow electrical tape around the handlebars. He is wanted on recall to prison and considered a risk to the public especially women he forms relationships with. If there is a potential sighting please do not approach, but phone 999.
Cllr Nicholson stated that it would be good to have some more strategic oversight of the pressing issues, rather than the very localised crime figures.
Cllr Pugsley reminded the meeting that the Police Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Shelford is due to attend the January meeting, to provide his annual update.
Following the LCN meeting, PCSO Linda Brooks sent out the ASP Exmoor Neighbourhood Beat team newsletter. This has been circulated to the parishes.