Introduction by Cllr Bob Evans on his role as a Councillor Advocate:

“As a District Councillor my role has many opportunities that can be used to help and inform the Communities I serve, one such opportunity is to enrol as a Councillor Advocate with the Police and Crime Commissioners office. This will allow information be passed both ways, ie local knowledge of issues and concerns from Police to the Community and from the Community to the Police via myself, this is not a Golden bullet to stop all crime but an excellent opportunity to inform and be informed.

The scheme will provide a consistent flow of information that will be passed to the administrator of the Willand PC web pages for publication in this new section, I hope you find it informative and helpful”.

Bob Evans
MDDC Councillor, Lower Culm


Telephone: 01884 849248



Useful Contact Details:-

If a crime is in progress residents should always contact the police on Emergency telephone 999.

Reporting a crime or a suspicion to Devon and Cornwall Police (non-emergency)

Telephone: 101

Police enquiry office:

Reporting a crime anonymously to CrimeStoppers

Telephone: 0800 555111

Reporting safeguarding concerns to Adult’s Services

You can find details of local Adult’s Services contacts on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.


  • Burglaries - Mid and East Devon

    Police call for vigilance

    Police in Mid Devon are appealing for information after a spate of burglaries this month. In each case, the break-ins have occurred at residential addresses during the day and tools have been used to gain entry. The offenders have then used bleach or other cleaning products to cover their tracks.

    On two occasions, a silver Skoda Octavia was present with two or three occupants, and a false number plate was used.
    Three burglaries occurred on Tuesday 8 September in Cullompton, Bradninch and Newton Poppleford, near Sidmouth. Another burglary occurred in Willand, near Cullompton, on Monday 7 September.

    Residents living in areas close to the M5 are reminded to ensure their homes are secure when going out and to report any suspicious activity to police.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or via email at quoting crime reference CR/075196/20.

  • Day Time Burglaries

    Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after burglaries have been reported to us in the Cullompton and Willand area.

    The incidents have happened between 7th and 8th September during the day time and cash has been stolen.

    Police are also reminding residents to ensure that their property is secure. Crime prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall Police website.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via or by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CR/75196/20, CR/75749/20 and CR/75462/20.

    Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or reporting online at

  • Doorstep Callers - Mid Devon

    We have had reports of cold callers offering roofing services (power washing and roof tile painting). They were in Honiton on Tuesday 4 August and may now have moved on to another town in Devon.Do not agree to work offered by unsolicited doorstep callers.If you want work doing in your home or garden, take time to get three quotes from reputable businesses you trust and make your decision on who to use in your own time.

    Get business recommendations from friends or via Buy With Confidence

    1. If you are concerned someone is at risk, always call the police.
    2. If you are concerned rogue traders are operating in your area, always report it.
    3. If someone knocks on your door and you are not sure, don’t open the door.

    Find more information here

  • Face Coverings Become Mandatory In All Shops and Retail Premises

    Face Coverings Become Mandatory In All Shops and Retail Premises


  • Scam Cold Caller

    We have received a report of a scam cold caller phoning a resident in Barnstaple purporting to be from an internet/television channel provider and stated that the resident was due a refund.
    The caller asked for the residents’ bank details and subsequently tried to remove money from the residents’ account.
    Please be wary of cold callers, hang up on similar calls and do not follow instructions. Please do not give out your bank details to any cold caller.

    If you want to call the company/organisation that the cold caller purports to be from please, if possible, call from a different phone or make sure that the telephone line has cleared before phoning as the caller could still have the phone line open – this could take 10 minutes to clear, or it can be cleared by making another phone call – we suggest phoning a friend or family member.
    Please use a telephone number from a reliable source and not one provided by the caller.
    Information on scams can be found on the Action Fraud website
    More prevention advice can be found on the Devon and Cornwall police website:

    Please pass this information on to others and consider displaying this information in public areas, noticeboards etc.
    If you have concerns or information please phone 101 or email quoting crime CR/054477/20.


  • Think Twice


With the current situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) regularly changing, Devon and Cornwall Police have pulled together some of the more commonly asked questions along with their responses. These FAQ’s are available here and have recently been updated –

Thefts from Vehicles - Tiverton

Police issue warning after crime spree

Police in Tiverton are calling for vigilance after thousands of pounds worth of tools were stolen from vans in the town between Thursday 4 June – Friday 5 June.

Vans parked in residential areas close to the junction with the A361 link road were targeted including Priory Road, Bluebell Avenue and Margurite Road.

The perpetrators gained entry to the vans by drilling holes in their doors and various high value power tools including Makita drills, nail guns, angle grinders, circular saws, cordless drill batteries, battery chargers and disc cutters were subsequently stolen.

One eyewitness describes seeing three men leaving the Priory Road area in a grey/silver hatchback in the direction of Lea Road which leads to Gornhay Cross and the A361.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw suspicious activity in the above areas last night or those who have CCTV cameras which may have relevant footage.

Similar crimes have been reported in the Exeter area, including Pinhoe and Clyst St Mary, towards the end of May.

PC Neil Miles, said: “From the way the vehicles were broken into it suggests the perpetrators are experienced criminals.

“We want to urge people to be vigilant, and ensure their vehicles are secured well overnight and valuable items are removed, while appealing for any information which could help us find those responsible.”

Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101 or via email quoting crime number CR/044673/20