POLICE have reported that 566 crimes were reported in Lyme Regis last year and have thanked residents for their efforts in adhering to lockdown rules.
PC Kirsti Frecknall and PCSO Amanda King submitted a written report to the Lyme Regis annual town meeting last week, which reported on the 566 incidents recorded between January 2020 and February 2021.
The incidents were broken down as follows: 128 anti-social behaviour incidents, 57 violence and sexual offences, 25 criminal damage and arson, 23 theft, 14 public order, 8 shoplifting, 8 vehicle crime, 2 theft from a person, 1 drugs, 1 bicycle theft, 1 possession of a weapon, 1 ‘other crime’.
The highest number of incidents occurred in or near Broad Street, which included Broad Street car park, with 43 incidents occurring in this area.
The second highest number of incidents was 39, which incurred in or around the Monmouth Beach and Ozone Terrace area, and a total of incidents occurred in or around Cobb Gate and Marine Parade.
Most of the incidents occurred in July 2020 with 38 recorded. Police said this was “surprisingly” very similar to July 2019 when 31 incidents were recorded, despite a perceived upturn in anti-social behaviour and high visitor numbers.
It was also a surprise that April 2020 saw 29 incidents, an increase from just nine during the same month in 2019, despite the national lockdown.
The incidents recorded in May and June 2020 were also higher than the previous year but after September and October 2020, the incident numbers were similar to those seen in 2019.
The police statement said: “It was a difficult policing year with the lockdown and the volume of visitors during the summer months.
“However, the people of Lyme Regis made this easier with most residents adhering to the government regulations during lockdown and some great community work was undertaken by many ensuring that those vulnerable and shielding were given help with their shopping and obtaining prescriptions, etc. and the food bank also did some sterling work.
“Policing wise we had some good results with some successful convictions. A big thank you to those who assisted us with our enquiries and helped us in what has been a difficult year for everyone.”
The latest monthly crime figures released by police show there were 22 reported crimes in the Lyme Regis area during March 2021. This includes incidents in Uplyme which come under Devon & Cornwall Police.
These figures compared to 13 the previous month and 33 during the same month last year.
From the 22 recorded incidents in March 2021, 16 took place in Lyme Regis, two in Charmouth, one in Monkton Wyld and three in Uplyme.
In Lyme Regis, crimes included seven violence and sexual offences, six incidents of anti-social behaviour, one burglary and two incidents listed as ‘other crime’.
In Charmouth, there was one incident of criminal damage and arson and one ‘other theft’, and in Monkton Wyld there was one violence and sexual offences.
In Uplyme there were three violence ands sexual offences.
Crime figures for April 2021 have not yet been released.
For more details on the latest figures, visit www.police.uk and use the Crime Map tool to search incidents by individual towns and streets.