Devon Strategic Assessment 2014-15 – Overview and Threats


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Overall Crime

An overview of community safety

The table below provides a quick glance at all crime and disorder types:

  • Describing whether the trend is increasing (arrow-up), decreasing (arrow-down) or stable (arrow-right) over the past 12 months.
  • It also highlights how Devon Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) compare to a group of other CSPs (in England and Wales) similar in geography and demographics to Devon (our Most Similar Family Group – see the glossary and appendices module).
  • The “Comparison ‘most similar family’” column compares the rate per 1000 population with square-green denoting lower than ‘family’, square-orange about the same and square-red higher.
  • The “Trend ‘most similar family’” column compares the rate per 1000 population change since the previous year with triangle-green denoting that Devon is changing better than ‘the family’, triangle-orange about the same and triangle-red the family is doing better than Devon.


Recorded crimes & incidentsDirection of travelNumber of crimes 2014/15Number of crimes 2013/14Change since 2013/14 %Comparison ‘Most Similar family’Trend ‘most similar family’
All crimearrow-down  30,019  31,335-4.2%square-greentriangle-orange
Anti-social behaviourarrow-right16,518  16,771-1.5%No data availableNo data available
Road traffic casualties (KSI)*arrow-down321    3161.6%No data availableNo data available
Deliberate Fires (Primary Fires)**arrow-down132    138-4.3%square-greentriangle-orange
Domestic Abuse (total incidents)arrow-down  9,933 10,487-5.3%No data availableNo data available
Criminal damagearrow-up4,991   5,287-5.6%square-greentriangle-orange
Violence against a personarrow-down7,698   7,3694.0%square-greentriangle-red
Other Theft and handling of stolen goodsarrow-down7,604   8,524-10.8%square-greentriangle-green
Vehicle crimearrow-down1,697   2,255-24.7%square-greentriangle-green
Shopliftingarrow-down2,835   3,101-8.6%square-greentriangle-orange
Non-dwelling burglaryarrow-down1,657   1,820-9.0%square-greentriangle-green
Drug offencesarrow-down1,347   1,410-4.5%square-redtriangle-green
Dwelling burglaryarrow-down1,021  1,127-9.4%square-greentriangle-red
Sexual offencesarrow-up1,018   55583.4%square-greentriangle-red
Hate crimearrow-down290   342-15.2%triangle-green
Robberyarrow-right105   1031.9%square-greentriangle-green

Source: iQuanta/Devon & Cornwall Police/Road Safety (DCC)/Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue.

* KSI = Killed or Seriously Injured – Casualties not necessary caused by a crime. 2014-15 data is provisional and subject to change until fully checked and verified with the Dept. for Transport – due May 2016

** Primary Fires: All fires in buildings, vehicles and outdoor structures OR Any fire involving casualties, rescues OR Fires attended by five or more appliances.

Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015
Level of crime30,019 crimes / 38.6 per 1,000 resident population.
National comparisonCrime in Devon is 29% lower than our most similar family of community safety partnerships (55.5 crimes per 1,000 resident population iQuanta).
Annual changeCrimes have fallen by 1,316 since 2013-14 – a 4.2% decrease.
General trendqfallcrime01gentrend201415
Breakdown of crime typesqfallcrime03crimetypes201415
Incident rates by CSP area qfallcrime04csp201415
Incident rates by Districtqfallcrime05districts201415
Incident rates by Rural/Urbanqfallcrime06rural201415

Top hotspots


Neighbourhood Crimes Rate per ‘000
Exeter City Centre2,3661,049
Barnstaple Central Town1,133216
Tiverton Town Centre422201
St James (Exeter)545100
St David’s (Exeter)46493



  • Overall Devon experiences less crime than other areas in the country. Recorded crime and incident levels overall have gone down over the last year by 4.2% but with rises in violence against a person and sexual offences.
  • There have been falls in domestic abuse, criminal damage, vehicle crime, burglary and hate crime.
  • After being static for a few years the general trend in overall crime has been falling for the last two years.
  • Seasonality has May, July and August being the highest months for crime.
  • Crime rates in Exeter CSP are significantly higher than the rest of Devon.
  • Exeter & North Devon districts are the only two districts above the Devon average.
  • Crime rates in urban areas are almost twice the amount in rural areas.
  • Town centres with night life feature as having the neighbourhoods with the highest crime rates.

What have we achieved this year?

East & Mid Devon

Despite considerable changes over the last 12 months to various agencies such as the Probation Service, Devon Youth Service etc and the financial constraints imposed on all agencies, the Local Multi Agency Action Group structure in both districts remains sound. Meetings are mostly well attended and each group has an action plan which reflects the priorities of the CSP.

In addition, the Domestic, Family & Sexual Abuse Forum which meets every quarter is also well attended by representatives from a number of agencies. However, in terms of the Substance Misuse Group which also meets quarterly, attendance has reduced considerably due to agency cutbacks etc.

In January the CSP hosted an action planning event at Honiton which was attended by representatives from a number of agencies. This proved to be successful with plenty of good ideas in relation to actions subject of the CSP priorities being discussed.

The CSP took part in the Community Payback competition which was jointly arranged by Police and the Probation Service. Several of the projects suggested by the public in both districts were successful and meaningful work took place in a number of areas.

The CSP once again held a very successful Annual Conference at the Broadclyst Victory Hall in April and this was well attended by members of the public, elected members and agency staff alike. A link to this year’s annual newsletter detailing activities which took place last year is attached.

Cost of Crime

Cost of Crime
Based on Home Office estimated costs of crime, revised for IOM VfM Toolkit
All data in this section refers to the data in the toolkit and not data elsewhere in the Assessment.
The data was calculated from a spreadsheet originally developed by Cornwall County Council.
Figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015
Total Estimate for Crimes 2014-15£387,507,000
Number & Cost of Violence against the person crimes9,150£122,770,000
Number & Cost of Serious Sexual Offences821£170,368,000
Percentage of Crimes (in Model)costs01201415
Percentage of Costs (in model) costs02201415


  • The home office toolkit takes into account three types of costs per crime – costs incurred in anticipation of crime (such as security expenditure), as a consequence of crime (such as property stolen and emotional or physical impacts), and in response to crime (costs to the criminal justice system). The reports also calculated multipliers equal to the ratio of the estimated total number of crimes (usually taken from the British Crime Survey) to the number of comparable crimes recorded (by the police).
  • The costs include an estimate for inflation.
  • The toolkit suggests that Devon crime in the year 2014-15 cost £387.5m.
  • Although taking about 3% of total crimes Serious Sexual Offences cost 44% of total costs (£170m).
  • In contrast Other Theft & Handling accounted for 22% of crimes but cost 4% (£14m).

Threats – where are we now?

Domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse

Alcoholic-related Harm and Health and Well-being

Domestic, family and sexual violence and abuse

Domestic, family and sexual abuse has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities and requires a significant amount of resources to tackle from all public sector agencies.


Associated issues include youth crime and anti-social behaviour, missing persons, mental health breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and costs to services involved in supporting vulnerable families and safeguarding children.  Many victims and their families experience multiple problems that require services to work together effectively to address them.

Where are we now?

Domestic abuse 

  • In 2014/15 there were 9,933 Domestic Violence crimes and incidents in Devon, a 5% decrease from 2013/14.
  • National research has found that nearly a quarter young people witnessed at least one type of domestic violence during childhood[1], and children were present at 33% of the 9,933 domestic violence incidents attended by the Police in Devon during 2014-15.
  • It is good to see a decrease in the number of crimes and incidents reported and it is to be hoped that trend will continue – the aim is to increase the ease of reporting further.
  • A third of all incidents reported were repeat offences for the victim.
  • Exeter City Centre had the most crimes and incidents with a rate almost 25% higher than the second place Tiverton Town Centre.
  • Exeter and Northern Devon CSPs are above the Devon average.

Sexual Violence 

  • All recorded crime fell 2.5% from 2013-14 (following a 17% decrease that year). This is against the national trend where sexual offences recorded by the police increased 37% in the year ending March 2015 across England and Wales[2] and are the highest figures on record.
  • In Devon in 2014-15 there were 821 sexual violence offences reported to the police, of which 362 were rape and 459 sexual offences. Of these, 23% of victims were under 16 years of age and 55% under 25 years of age. 2.3% were aged over 60.
  • Exeter is above the Devon average.
  • Exeter City Centre has the highest rate of sexual violent offences and 3 other areas of Exeter appear in the top seven neighbourhoods.
  • The Devon and Torbay Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) provides clinical and emotional support for adult and child victims of rape and sexual assault. 493 victims of rape or sexual assault received support at the SARC in 2014/15, of which 42% were 18 or under and 35% were aged 19-35.
  • The SARC provided support from crisis workers and if appropriate forensic medical examinations, emergency contraception and sexual health screening to 79 adults and 86 children in 2014-15.
  • 74% of referrals to the SARC came via the Police.


[1] [1] Radford L, Corral S, Bradley C, Fisher H, Bassett C and Howat N (2010) The Maltreatment and Victimisation of Children in the UK: NSPCC Report on a national survey of young peoples’, young adults and caregivers’ experiences

[2] Office for National Statistics (2015) Statistical Bulletin: Crime in England and Wales, Year Ending  March 2015


Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015
Level of crime9,933 crimes & incidents (12.8 per 1,000 people)
National comparisonData not published on iQuanta
Annual changeCrimes & incidents have decreased by 554 a fall of 5.2%
General trendda01-2014-15
Breakdown of crime typesda03-2014-15
Children Presentda04-2014-15
Repeat Victimda05-2014-15
Incident rates by CSP areada06-csp-2014-15
Incident rates by Districtda07-dist-2014-15
Incident rates by Urban/Ruralda08-rural-2014-15

Top hotspots


Neighbourhood Total IncidentsRate per ‘000
Exeter City Centre16774.0
Tiverton Town Centre10750.9
Barnstaple Central Town21741.3
Barnstaple Forches5933.6
St David’s (Exeter)15230.4
Wonford (Exeter)20629.2


QUICK FACTS – Sexual Violence
Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015 – Some of these crimes, though reported this year occurred in the past and occurred for a number of months or years
Level of crime821 crimes and incidents / 1.1 per 1000 household spaces
Annual changeCrimes & incidents have decreased by 23 a reduction of 2.7%
Duration of Sexual Violence (Offences that occurred this year compared to those that ended before the current year).sv01-201415
Breakdown of crime types by Age of Victim (under  16s)sv02-201415
Breakdown of crime types by Age Band of Victimsv03-201415
Incident rates by CSP areasv04-csp-201415
Incident rates by Districtsv05-dist-201415
Incident rates by Urban/Ruralsv06-rural-201415

Top hotspots



Neighbourhood Total IncidentsRate per ‘000
Exeter City Centre2712.0
Alphington (Exeter)232.6
Newton Abbot Town231.8
Exwick (Exeter)212.3
Bideford West201.5
Newton Abbot East201.5
Newtown & St Leonards (Exeter)201.8




Understanding Sexual Violence Support Services in Devon and Torbay
493 people accessed the Devon & Torbay SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) in the12 month period ending 31 March 2015 – there were examinations on 79 adults and 86 children.
SARC locationOak Centre, Pynes Hill, Exeter
Oak Centre users age Rrange sarc01-201415
Gender by Percent sarc02-201415png
Referral Sources by Percent sarc03-201415
Offence by Percent sarc04-201415

What have we achieved this year?

East & Mid Devon

We facilitate the exchange of information, best practice and local issues via the Domestic, Family & Sexual Abuse Forum. This is a multi-agency practitioner group that meets quarterly.  It facilitates the promotion of national and local campaigns in order to support victims and their families with support and advice.

During the last year we have contacted campsites and holiday premises with publicity materials to raise awareness of the issues. In East Devon the Community Safety Officer has sent the same material to doctors, dentists and the main employers across the district.

Pattern Changing Courses have taken place across the two districts and these empower survivors to change certain aspects of relationships. Such courses have been commissioned and hosted by several of the Children’s Centres.

In the lead up to the Football World Cup in the summer assistance was given to Police to distribute their advice posters in public areas such as toilets, council offices.


Work was conducted during DV week to raise awareness. Plans are underway to raise awareness in November 2015.

Financial support has been given to two charities who have conducted work to raise awareness in the city. Working with the ED&SVA forum to promote new Devon Domestic Abuse Services to agencies and residents

Work is planned with a number of sectors such as the taxi trade, pubs and clubs and hoteliers to raise awareness to CSE and modern slavery.

Northern Devon

North Devon and Torridge District Councils made a successful bid for government support for the North Devon Against Domestic Abuse refuge in Barnstaple.  The grant has allowed the continuation of the refuge along with a new separate specialist accommodation for victims with complex needs.

The grant has also funded work for victims assessed as at standard risk who have been without support under the current Domestic Abuse services.

South Devon and Dartmoor

6 Bite-size Domestic Abuse awareness raising workshops have been delivered to multi agency staff and a further session to be delivered as part of a vulnerability event to be held in the autumn.

140 letters sent to holiday parks across South Devon raising awareness of Domestic violence, promoting the Devon Domestic Abuse Services and raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.

CSP attendance at the South Devon MARAC meetings.

Resources purchased to support DVA survivors in their home including letterbox restrictors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Over 400 letters and supporting information sent to community halls, Doctors, Dentists, Hairdressers and vets.

Stickers to raise awareness of DVA displayed in more than 100 public toilets.

South Devon and Dartmoor DVA Forum now established.

Domestic & Sexual Violence Abuse Alliance (DSVA)

Families experiencing domestic violence are well supported by programmes such as Devon Domestic Abuse Service, Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services (SEEDS) and RESPECT.

Targeted Family Support programme

Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse issues are prevalent in a large number of identified families who meet the Targeted Family Support programme criteria.

Families in the Targeted Family Support programme cohort are likely to be vulnerable to the impact of welfare reform and funding changes – See the Monitored Themes module.

Challenges for the year ahead

Welfare reform could result in increasing numbers of couples living longer together as options for living independently are reduced and young people being less able to leave home. These factors, coupled with the likely increase in families living with reduced income, could lead to increases in domestic violence both between couples and from young people on parents.

Funding changes mean that there are decreasing resources to fund the support services on offer to victims of domestic abuse. Filling these gaps will be an increasing challenge.

Alcohol-related harm and health and well-being

Alcohol cuts across all aspects of partnership service delivery and represents a significant cross-cutting theme for other priority areas of criminality. Alcohol is associated with a range of crime but plays a particular factor in violent crime. Alcohol can also be a threat to the health of the individual as highlighted in the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) for 2014-15.

  • 1,400 adults receiving alcohol treatment.
  • 25% of them live with children.
  • 23% suffer from mental health issues.
  • 15% also in drug treatment
  • North Devon & Torridge with highest rates of hospital admissions for alcohol related issues.
  • Violent crime has seen an increase of 2% compared to 2013/14 (though the NTE equivalent has fallen by 2%)
  • Violence with injury represents 48% of all violent crime and Violence without injury represents 51%.
  • Violent crime peaks in the summer months and December and January.
  • Violent crime steadily increases from 3.00 p.m. onwards reaching a peak after midnight.
  • Although Devon has less that 3% of the population living in the top 20% most deprived areas, 15% of violent crimes occur in these areas.
  • Higher rates of violent crime are seen in both Exeter & North Devon (Barnstaple) which would coincide with the higher density of pubs, clubs and busy nightlife.
  • 77% of violence occurs outside the night time economy times (23% in NTE). 10% of the violence with injuries where alcohol involved appears in the non-NTE period and 9% in the NTE period. This suggests that violence in the NTE period is more likely to involve alcohol and injury. The Assault Related Injuries Database supports this data with similar percentages.
  • The Assault Related Injuries Database (ARID) indicates 68% of assaults are alcohol related.
  • ARID suggests that 47% of assaults are not reported to the police.
  • Male victims aged 18-30 account for 38% of ARID patients.
  • 84% of ARID patients were assaulted by body parts of the assailant(s).
  • Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE) suggest that women in North Devon District suffer above average Mortality from Chronic Liver Disease.
  • LAPE suggests that Exeter City is above average in: crime attributable to alcohol, alcohol related to violent crimes and alcohol related to sexual crimes.

Alcohol-related harm and health and well-being

 Whilst drinking alcohol at low or moderate levels can be enjoyable and there is some evidence that a little alcohol can be good for you[1], ‘the health harms associated with alcohol consumption in England are widespread, with around 9 million adults drinking at levels which pose some level of risk to their health’[2] of which “an estimated 1.6 million adults in England have some degree of alcohol dependence”.[3] A quarter of all deaths among 18-24 year old men are attributable to alcohol and deaths from alcohol related liver disease have doubled since 1980[4]


 2013-2014 substance misuse treatment figures for alcohol from Public Health England show that:

  • 1,420 people were in the Devon adult alcohol treatment services with 943 (66%) having started treatment during the year.
  • 80 (8% of new starts) were referred by the Criminal Justice system
  • 23% of all those in treatment also suffered other mental health problems
  • 25% (353) were living with children – their own or other
  • 22% (315) were parents not living with children
  • The gender split is almost 50:50 male to female
  • 30% were in regular employment at the start of treatment, higher than the national figure of 21%. 54% were unemployed or economically inactive as compared with the national figure of 40%
  • 46 people (5%) reported an urgent housing problem (NFA) and 75 (8%) had a housing problem non- urgent
  • 217 (15%) of people in drug treatment cited additional problematic alcohol use
  • The number of units consumed (the levels of drinking) are broadly in line with the national treatment data with
  • 23% (324) of people in alcohol treatment were also receiving care from mental health services
  • There were around 17,500 admissions to hospital due to alcohol-related conditions in Devon in 2013-14, at a cost of around £30 million. North Devon and Torridge have the highest alcohol-related hospital admission rates, as shown in table below. However, there is considerable variation within local authority districts, with the highest rate within small local areas in Devon (lower super output areas) around 13 times higher than the lowest.[5]

[1] Rees et al. (2013) Mediterranean’ dietary pattern for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Cochrane Library.

[2] Public Health England. (2015) Alcohol data: JSNA support pack.  Key data to support planning for effective alcohol prevention, treatment and recovery in 2015-2016 – Devon.

[3] [Accessed on 11th August 2015]

[4] Public Health England. Alcohol and drugs, prevention, treatment and recovery: why invest?

[5] Public Health Devon. (2015)  Joint Strategic Needs Assessment Devon Overview 2015. Page 94


 Alcohol Related Hospital Admissions
Overall, highest and lowest alcohol-related admission rates by Devon local authority district, 2011-12 to 2013-14, direct-age standardised rate (DASR) per 100,000
DistrictDASR per 100,000Area with highest rateArea with lowest rate
East Devon1,277.1Honiton King Street area2,537.9Uplyme and Axmouth area465.3
Exeter1,683.6Longbrook Street area3,963.0Matford Lane and St Leonards road654.5
Mid Devon1,234.7Tiverton: The Avenue area2,135.1Clayhanger and surrounding areas634.5
North Devon2,064.2Barnstaple Town Centre6,061.3Woolacombe and surrounding areas1,136.6
South Hams1,568.2Ivybridge Central2,965.8Dittisham and surrounding areas971.8
Teignbridge1,569.3Newton Abbot: Windsor Avenue, Buckland3,247.3Combeinteignhead and surrounding areas740.8
Torridge1,950.5South East Bideford4,465.8Clawton and surrounding areas1,006.4
West Devon1,512.3Tavistock East2,979.2Beaworthy and surrounding areas849.5
Devon1,582.5Barnstaple Town Centre6,061.3Uplyme and Axmouth area465.3
Source: Secondary Uses Service, Commissioning Dataset (Inpatient), 2014 – Table taken from JSNA 2015 Devon Overview (Table 9.6).
Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015
Level of crime7,698 crimes and incidents / 9.9 per 1,000 resident population
National comparison (iQuanta data)0.2% lower than the average of our “most similar family” of community safety partnerships (rate of 13.0 crimes per 1,000 resident population compared to 12.8 for Devon)
Annual changeCrimes have increased by 162 since 2013-14 – a 2% rise
General trendvap01-2014-15
Time of Dayvap03-2014-15
Deprivation (comparing violent crimes by the deprived population). 2010 Index of Multiple Deprivation for England & Wales – Dept. of Communities & Local Govt.vap04-2014-15
Breakdown of crime typesvap05-2014-15
Alcohol related incidentvap06-2014-15
Crime rates by CSP areavap07-csp-2014-15
Crime rates by Districtvap08-dist-2014-15
Crime rates by – Rural/Urbanvap09-rural-2014-15
Top hotspots
Neighbourhood Total OffencesRate per ‘000
Exeter City Centre494219.0
Barnstaple Central Town30858.7
Newton Abbot Town26720.7
Bideford West24718.2
Exmouth Town23122.5
Ilfracombe East & Central18224.4
Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015 – This is an extract of the violence against the person data. The Night Time Economy runs from 9 p.m. on Friday night to 6.00 a.m. on Saturday and the same times for Saturday night and Sunday morning.
Level of crime1,727 NTE crimes and incidents / 2.2 per 1,000 resident population
Annual changeCrimes have decreased by 35 since 2013-14 – a 2% decrease
General trendnte01-2014-15
Breakdown of crime typesnte03-2014-15
Alcohol related incidentnte04-2014-15
Violence by NTE/Non NTEnte05-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by CSP areante06-csp1-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by CSP area involving alcoholnte07-csp2-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by Districtnte08-dist1-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by District involving alcoholnte09-dist2-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by Rural/Urbannte10-rural1-2014-15
NTE violent crime rates by Rural/Urban involving alcoholnte11-rural2-2014-15
Top hotspots
Neighbourhood Total OffencesRate per ‘000No Alcohol InvolvedRate per ‘000Alcohol InvolvedRate per ‘000Total Crimes
Exeter City Centre18923.4960.2883.78
Tiverton Town Centre474.2818.07 22.35
Barnstaple Central Town994.5714.2918.86
Exmouth Town721.855.177.03
Newton Abbot Town842.254.266.51
Ilfracombe East & Central442.283.625.89
Okehampton Town421.713.815.51
Cullompton North & South391.103.674.77


Assault Related Injuries Database (ARID)
Current figures refer to the 12 month period ending 31 March 2015 – Arid data is collected from patients visiting the  three acute hospitals (Torbay, North Devon & Exeter (Plymouth does not currently participate)) and Newton Abbot district hospital – Torbay has a proportion of Teignbridge district patients
Level of assaultsThere were 502 assaults recorded across the three acute hospitals (Torbay, North Devon & Exeter) and Newton Abbot District (4 records)
Annual changeA fall of 13 since 515 in the 2013-14 period
Assaults Per Month Jun 2012 – May 2013arid01-2014-15
Assault reported to Policearid02-2014-15
Assault alcohol relatedarid03-2014-15
Weapons Usedarid04-2014-15
Patients by Agearid05-2014-15
Patients by Age and Alcohol Involvementarid06-2014-15
Relationship between patient & assailant – totalarid07-2014-15
Relationship Between patient & assailant – alcohol involvedarid08-2014-15
Location of Assault – alcohol involvedarid09-2014-15

Night Time Economy & alcohol involved

(NTE = Friday & Saturday evenings)


Top 5 Streets where assaults took place

(from the three acute hospitals).



StreetsAlcohol InvolvedNo Alcohol InvolvedTotal Assaults
Queen St (Barnstaple)1111
High Street (Ilfracombe)55
The Strand (Barnstaple)314
Bear St (Barnstaple)213
Boutport St (Barnstaple)33
High St (Exeter)12214
Mary Arches St (Exeter)1111
Little Castle St (Exeter)66
Fore St (Exeter)44
West St (Exeter)33
Torwood St (Torquay)1616
The Strand (Torquay)1313
Union St (Torquay)628
Cadewell La (Torquay)55
Abbey Rd (Torquay)44




Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)
This national dataset was produced in April 2014 at District level by the North West Public Health Observatory.

Mortality from Chronic Liver Disease: Male, all ages, DSR per 100,000 population (2010-2012)



Mortality from Chronic Liver Disease: Females, all ages, DSR per 100,000 population (2010-2012)



Under 18s admitted to hospital with alcohol specific conditions: Persons, crude rate per 100,000 population (2010/11-2012/13)



Recorded crime attributable to alcohol: Persons, all ages, crude rate per 1,000 population (2012/13)



Alcohol related violent crimes: Persons, all ages, DSR per 100,000 population (2012-2013)



Alcohol related sexual crimes: Persons, all ages, DSR per 100,000 population (2012-2013)


Synthetic estimate of the percentage of the population aged 16 years and over who report engaging in binge drinking (2007-2008) (Latest Data)lape07-2014-15


 What have we achieved this year?

East & Mid Devon

‘Last Orders’, a theatre performance was commissioned and presented to most of the secondary schools across the two districts to raise awareness of substance misuse and related issues to Year 9 students.  As a result several hundred students were made aware of the dangers of consuming too much alcohol and the productions will be repeated in the coming year with funding from the CSP.

Publicity regarding health messages and service providers is circulated throughout the year but especially during Alcohol Awareness Week which is during November.

The CSP Substance Misuse Group meets regularly to allow practitioners to exchange information regarding local trends and issues.




The Last Orders theatre production was delivered to all 5 secondary schools in the city by Solomon theatre and more productions are planned for this year. This was delivered to 800 Year 9 students

Best Bar None Exeter was launched in March and is currently leading the way in promoting solutions to wider problems in the evening and night time economy. Projects include:

1.       Funding SIA accredited security to facilitate a safe working environment for partner agencies and volunteers in the help zone which opens every Saturday night.

2.       Instigating a scheme of Street Marshalls to help the police and street pastors from midnight onwards on Saturday nights. This has been supported by the CSP through the provision of first aid and conflict resolution training

3.       Taking a leading role in minimising the impact of Freshers’ week

4.       Supporting charity and education work relating to alcohol abuse.

The multi agency help zone continues to be opened during busy Saturday night period. This project is resourced by volunteers from the SWAST and St Johns.

Funding continues to be provided to the street pastor scheme to purchase water, flip flops and other supplies needed to assist them in the vital work. There are now 75 volunteers available on Friday and Saturday nights.

The taxi marshal scheme continues to function on Saturday nights and bank holiday Sundays on the two busy ranks in the city centre.


Northern Devon

The Last Orders theatre production was delivered to local schools by Solomon theatre and more productions are planned for this year.

The Street Marshals scheme, to help combat violence in the night time economy and funded on a 50/50 basis with night clubs in Bideford and Barnstaple, continues and is operational on weekend evenings.

All street marshals staff have no received first aid training from St John’s Ambulance.  The training package was devised to focus on the types of incidents that may occur in the night time economy.


South Devon and Dartmoor

Alcohol letters continue to be sent to the parents of those young people who are caught with alcohol.

Information sharing meetings held monthly with relevant agencies to discuss and address any licensed premises of concern and agree a multiagency action plan.

3 multi-agency bite size training sessions for partner agencies to raise awareness and identify support available have been delivered.

Theatre based performance to be delivered in November for year 9s.

5 theatre productions were delivered to year 9s in schools with more planned for November.


Targeted Family Support programme

Where substance misuse, including alcohol, is highlighted as part of the assessment of family need, the Targeted Family Support programme links with existing services to support those families in need – see the Monitored Themes module.

Challenges for the year ahead

There is a continuing emphasis on tackling the harms and Anti-Social Behaviour caused by alcohol and Public Health Devon will continue to work with its partners in district councils in Licensing and Community Safety to look at developing and supporting innovative approaches to managing this issue in the localities. Local initiatives have been put in place to help to address violent behaviour in our towns and city, such as the “Help Zone” in Exeter. Whilst not all of such behaviour occurs on the streets, nevertheless initiatives that tackle alcohol abuse in our towns and city go some way towards addressing violent behaviour.

The ARID data is now broken down to District level and provides a more local picture of where assaults take place. The challenge remains to respond to the data and put in place actions that will address the lessons learned.

A further challenge around alcohol is its impact on “Blue Light” services, housing and other organisations.  Public Health Devon is working with local partners and Alcohol Concern to train key front line workers in the identification of alcohol issues with people they meet using a developing toolkit.  This will then be embedded in agencies across the County by training people locally to become trainers.

A key challenge/risk is the likely cuts to all public services (district and county councils) and the impact these will have on the ability to maintain service provision or engagement at present levels.