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Special constables take on full duties for a day, dealing with stolen caravan and self harmer

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

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Special Constables from North Devon dealt with a neighbourhood dispute, a stolen caravan, criminal damage and more during a “take over” day.

Six constables teamed up with regular officers and took the lead when dealing with a number of incidents.

The special constables crewed cars at Barnstaple, Bideford and Holsworthy during the day, which was designed to highlight the role SCs play and the contribution they make to the community.

Some of the incidents they dealt with included a man who was self-harming with a knife, three domestic abuse incidents and one incident of drug possession which resulted in two arrests.

SC Doug Lambden who took part in the day in Torridge along with his colleagues SC Ross Prior and SC Matt Rookes said: “I am very proud to be in the Special Constabulary and proud of the specials I work with. Saturday just highlighted this.

“It was a great learning curve for us but it instilled confidence and increased our skill set to be able to deal with any situation that is given to us.”

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