Police Reports

Police Statement on recent events at Pearce's Yard, Newton Poppleford:

A 30-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man in Newton
Poppleford following a caravan fire on Thursday 9 January.

Lewis Finch, aged 30 from Newton Drive in Exmouth, has been charged
with the murder of 47-year-old Geoffrey Pearce who was from Newton

Lewis Finch has been remanded in police custody and has appeared before
Exeter Magistrates' Court on Saturday 11 January.

He has now been remanded to attend Exeter Crown court on 13th February.

We have also now formally identified the body to be that of Mr Pearce and
next of kin are aware.

Given this is now subject to formal court proceedings, we would remind
everyone that Contempt of Court rules apply. It is therefore essential that
no-one speculates about the investigation, particularly on social media.
It is essential that we maintain the fairness and integrity of the court process.

Police activity will continue at the scene in Newton Poppleford and Exmouth.

We would like to thank the local community for their co-operation during this


Further updates will be available via Devon & Cornwall Police website.

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April 2019 (for Annual Parish Meeting)


March 2019 Report:

The crime figures for February 2019 are:

1 x Assault (domestic related)

2 x thefts.

This compares to 6 crimes for the same period last year.

Not much else to report other than a dodgy white van 
that has been doing the rounds all over the south west 
and which was spotted in Newton Pop and then stopped 
by the Police later in the day.

My early morning traffic speed operation seems to have 
temporarily stopped the motorcyclist who was using the 
A3052 as a race track.

We will be carrying out a multi-agency traffic operation 
in the village next month on a secret date!

I attended the Highways agency planning meeting about 
Four Elms Hill to lend some support to our councillors, 
who will doubtless update you at the meeting.

February 2019 Report:


October 2018 Report:


September 2018 Report:


June 2018 Report:

We now have a police “Have your say” meeting in the Café at Waitrose Stowford Rise Sidmouth on Wednesday 11th July, August 15th and September 12th.

We held the first one on 13th June which was quite well attended by some Newton Pop residents.

If a suitable venue/event was to be identified in either Harpford or Newton pop we would be more than happy to create a special “Have your say for the parishioners.

I have loads of FREE “no valuables left in this vehicle” stickers if anyone wants one.

Recorded crime for May 2018:

Assault ABH (domestic).

Section 4 public order.

Theft of Quad bike and trailer.

Compared to 4 crimes Last year for the same period.

So far this month 1 common assault recorded.

Hope this helps.

Kind regards.


Steve Lee

NBM Sidmouth Neighbourhood team.

01395 517157

int 308857