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Lustleigh Neighbourhood Police Annual Report
The following report covers the period from 1st January 2020 to 31st December 2020.
Locally Sgt Seth Saunders is still the Neighbourhood Team Leader, PC Holly Lynch is the Neighbourhood Beat Manager and PCSO’s Paul Wilson and Tina Jordan complete the team.
In this period, we have had 35 recorded crimes across the parish area. 26 of these offences are linked to two ongoing situations.
There were approximately, a further 25 other incidents reported to the Police across the same period. These incidents include traffic collisions, road obstructions, missing persons, concerns for welfare, and abandoned vehicles.
The Corona virus lockdowns throughout the year have had and continue to have a significant impact on local Policing. It is important that the local Community knows we are still here and are able to respond to incidents when required.
It is to the Parish’s credit we have had very few reports of Covid legislation Breaches
It is equally important everyone continues to follow the legislation and the guidance.
Please Stay at home, only travel if it is essential, exercise close to home.
It is important that if you need the Police you do contact us.
In an emergency telephone 999
Non-emergency telephone 101
PCSO 30382 Paul Wilson
Putting the Air Ambulance at the heart of Lustleigh…night and day. (The following is an abridged version of a report produced by Toby Russell, Community Landing Sites Development Officer).
Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) now operates until 2am every day and is working towards providing a 24/7 service. Operating and landing in towns and villages during the hours of darkness is very different to how they operate during daylight and to support ‘night’ operations, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) are working with communities to create a network of Community Landing Sites. These need to be open spaces with either existing or newly installed floodlighting that can be operated remotely.
Working with Rob Harris and Sheila Palmer, DAAT has reviewed the potential for several sites in/near Lustleigh to become a community landing site and that work has led to the cricket ground being identified as a prime location. This would not be possible without the kind permission of Elliot and Cindy Bialick. The cricket ground meets DAA night landing requirements (size, slope etc.) and is close to the main part of the village. There are several key requirements for DAA to be able to use Lustleigh cricket field as a night landing site, the main one being lighting. The site will require the installation of a 10m column and two LED lights illuminating a south-western part of the ground. The cricket club has kindly agreed to supply and meet the costs of the electricity and the lighting will be controlled remotely by DAA.
Planning permission is required and an application has been prepped and submitted by Toby Russell and Lis Wallace. Once the planning permission has been secured, all parties will meet on site to finalise the installation plans. The works can then be carried out and within 1-2 days the site will be operational.
The costs of this project are not insignificant. DAAT has a grant to cover the labour and our community needs to pay for materials, the planning application and ongoing maintenance. County Councillor George Gribble is making available a very generous grant of £2,500. In addition, Lustleigh Parish Mag is making a donation and the remainder will be met by the Parish Council, from reserves. The light column will be added to the Parish Council’s list of assets and the council will be responsible for ongoing maintenance.
Public access to the National Park
The latest guidance from the Government (published when the current lockdown came into
force) makes it clear that you can only leave your home to exercise (once a day), and not
for the purpose of recreation or leisure (e.g. a picnic or a social meeting). Further, you
should not travel outside your local areas for physical exercise. We have taken this to
mean stay local – do not travel outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you
live (as per the wording in the Government guidance).
You can exercise in a public outdoor place:
o by yourself
o with the people you live with
o with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
o in a childcare bubble where providing childcare, or
o when on your own, with one person from another household
This guidance is reflected in our own communications and we are working with other
partners (e.g. Devon and Cornwall Police) via the Local Resilience Forum. No organised
recreational activities should be taking place (e.g. sponsored walks, rides etc.) – we have
suspended the large-scale recreation event notification system that we operate.
Our Rangers are working and patrolling as normal but subject to Covid safety guidance.
We have seen unprecedented numbers of visitors to the National Park since the first
lockdown was eased. We recognise that this has caused some issues for local
communities and businesses. We have sought to respond through, for example, the
National Park Marshall initiative and temporary closure of one area of common land. We
are continuing to liaise with Devon County Council, as the highways authority about
parking issues and have been working with Devon and Cornwall Police to seek resource
for joint patrols. We submitted a bid to the Government’s Green Recovery Fund which
included resource for additional Rangers but this was not successful. We are currently
reviewing the National Park byelaws to see how we can better support our Ranger team in
their patrolling activity. We hope to complete this process by Summer 2021 in order to
learn lessons from Covid but this timetable is not within our control. A formal public
consultation period will form part of this review. We will keep you informed of progress.
At a national level we have called for more resources for visitor management, tougher
fines for illegal and ‘unsafe’ parking and an enhanced profile for the Countryside Code.
Covid-19 Vaccine Scams
Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in phishing emails, and more recently text messages being sent to individuals stating they are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. These texts purport to be from the NHS and the link provided takes you to a very convincing looking NHS website whereby asked to confirm your identity by providing your payment card details.
For information as to how to avoid these scams please visit the following link – General Advice | Take Five (takefive-stopfraud.org.uk)
Avian influenza (bird flu)
The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.
Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.
Whether you keep just a few birds as pets or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.
Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:
- housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
- cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
- reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
- thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
- keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
- minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.
Telephone Support – Covid – 19
Voluntary Organisations, charities and local community groups have come together to provide valuable services to our residents during this difficult time. The below link will take you to a list providing details of key providers in our local community who are able to provide one to one support over the telephone. Telephone support
Parish Council Meetings
Meetings will be held by zoom until further notice. Members of the public are welcome to attend and joining details will be displayed on the agenda. Alternatively, email Lis Wallace who will send you an invitation.
An agenda will be issued during the week prior to the meeting.
Sheep in Orchard
The most effective and environmentally way to keep the orchard undergrowth in check is to graze sheep a few times a year. There have however been incidences of local people allowing their dogs to enter the orchard off lead, resulting in the sheep being chased. This is unacceptable. When sheep are in situ notices will be placed on the gate, reminding people to keep their dogs on leads. Please respect and adhere to this request.
Parish Council AGM
The parish council made the decision to cancel, rather than postpone, the Annual Parish meeting.