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Arrests across North Devon on "relatively quiet" New Year's Eve for police

By NDJWill  |  Posted: January 02, 2013

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THERE was a quiet start to 2013 for North Devon's police officers, as New Year's Eve celebrations across the area passed with relatively few arrests.

Between 7pm on New Year's Eve and 7am the following morning there were 66 incidents logged by police in North Devon.

And while that made for a busy night for the area's police force there were no significant incidents of major disorder reported. 

There were 22 arrests made, seven of which were from incidents of domestic abuse.

The cells at Barnstaple police station ended up filled and one prisoner from South Molton was taken to Exeter. 

Chief Inspector Toby Davies said he was pleased with the way the celebrations had passed without any major incidents.

He said: "There were a large number of people out enjoying the celebrations, especially in Bideford and Barnstaple and the vast majority enjoyed the festivities in good spirit. 

"We take a great deal of time to plan our staffing for New Year's Eve and this meant that while it was busy we were able to deal effectively with all incidents that were reported and make arrests where they were required.

"I think it's fair to say that because of the significant numbers of officers and the additional powers in place to disperse troublesome groups, we were also able to deal with low level disorder effectively without needing to arrest. 

"That said, it is very possible that while some people may have avoided arrest on the night, they may still receive a visit at home from officers in the coming days to issue penalty notices for disorder where their behaviour warranted it."

Barnstaple

Six offences reported and five arrests made.

  • 19-year-old man arrested and issued a fixed penalty for being drunk and disorderly at 9pm in Coronation Road.
  • 28-year-old man arrested and bailed for a domestic related assault at his home address.
  • 40-year-old woman arrested for a domestic related assault in Queen Street.
  • 42-year-old man arrested and charged with obstructing police in Queen Street in an incident linked to the arrest of the 40-year-old woman.
  • 37-year-old man arrested and cautioned for failing to comply with an order to disperse in Queen Street.
  • There was also a report of an unprovoked assault on a man in Boutport Street at about 10.30pm. The victim suffered minor injuries and enquiries are currently taking place.
 Bideford

12 crimes reported and five arrests made.

  • 47-year-old man arrested for two assaults at the Waterfront Inn, Westward Ho!
  • 21-year-old man arrested for an assault on the Quay in Bideford which saw a 17-year-old boy knocked unconscious and lose three or four teeth. The man was also arrested for possession of cannabis.
  • 16-year-old girl arrested and later reprimanded for being drunk and disorderly on Bideford Quay.
  • 40-year-old man and 42-year-old woman arrested and bailed on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon.
  • There were also reports of an assault on a 22-year-old man on Jubilee Square, theft of a handbag at the same location, an incident of domestic related criminal damage and reports of damage being caused to buildings at Bideford Pottery on Rope Walk, in Devonshire Park and Allhalland Street. Enquiries are taking place into those incidents.
Braunton

There was one offence and one arrest made.

  • 44-year-old woman arrested for a family related assault.
Holsworthy

Three offences and no arrests.

  • There were two incidents of criminal damage and an assault outside the White Hart pub, where the victim sustained a suspected broken nose. Enquiries into those crimes are still taking place and police have named suspects for one of the criminal damage offences.
Ilfracombe

There were five offences reported and six arrests made.

  • 24-year-old woman arrested and later cautioned for a domestic related assault at her home address.
  • A man and woman both arrested for a domestic related incident involving assault and damage.
  • 24-year-old man arrested and bailed for an assault in the High Street.
  • A 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested and bailed for an assault in Fore Street.
Lynton

There was one crime reported and no arrests were made. Enquiries into a domestic assault are still taking place.

South Molton and Chulmleigh

There were four crimes and two arrests.

  • 18-year-old man from Ilfracombe arrested and bailed for criminal damage to a vehicle outside the Red Lion Pub, Chulmleigh.
  • 27-year-old woman arrested and taken to Exeter for a domestic related assault and criminal damage.
  • An investigation is currently taking place into an assault at the Red Lion Pub, Chulmleigh, which involves a named suspect.
Torrington

There were six offences and three arrests.

  • 41-year-old man arrested and outside the Cavalier Pub and later bailed on suspicion of affray, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage to the pub.
  • Two men aged 21 and 25 were arrested for causing damage to a car in Morton Drive at about 6pm.
  • There were also two family related assaults. Police have named suspects and are still investigating the incidents.

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