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Livestock Worrying

The Devon and Cornwall police rural affairs team have produced a calendar which highlights rural issues throughout the year to focus problem solving activity for police, partners and public with key messages and prevention activity. March theme is Livestock Worrying.

Why is this important?

You are responsible for your dog. Livestock worrying is a crime and livestock that are chased or attacked by dogs are frequently killed or injured. This has a financial and emotional impact on all concerned and can affect the livestock long after the incident has taken place. Action may be taken against you and your dog.

What do you need to do?

Ensure responsible dog ownership. Dogs should not be unaccompanied outside of the home and their behaviour should be managed at all times. On access land your dog MUST be on a lead between the 1st of March and 31st July and at all times when livestock is present.

How can you prevent this?

  • Enjoy the countryside but keep your dog on a lead if livestock is present. Release your dog if chased by cattle.
  • Livestock worrying taking place at the time is considered an emergency dial 999 and explain there is a dog attacking livestock with a precise location.
  • Livestock owners can advise dog walkers by giving clear notices advising of the presence of livestock, Location of footpaths and appropriate fencing.
  • Email if livestock has been chased or attacked and the dogs have left the location.
  • Farmers have the right to protect their livestock. Ensure you are aware of the legislation and your legal responsibilities.
  • Anyone able to offer information relating to livestock worrying is asked to email, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08007 830137
  • Join Devon & Cornwall Alert, Watch schemes and local social media groups so that you can find out what is happening in your area.

Livestock Theft

Ready Steady Census 2021 Update


A helpful video explaining the 2021 Census has been shared on the Town Council's Facebook page.


It really is 'Ready, Steady Census' week.  Census packs will be arriving on our doorsteps from Wednesday.

New downloadable resources are regularly being added to the census website:

Please read the ONS 'Census Easy Read' document that might be of help to some of your service users.  

As always, thank you for continuing to support Census 2021.

Census Engagement Manager | Devon (Teignbridge, Torbay, West Devon & Torridge)

Office for National Statistics | @Census2021

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New Support Grants for Businesses Following 22nd February announcements.

Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on 22 February, the Government has confirmed the next round of funding to cover the period 16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021. If you have already applied for a Grant from 5th January 2021 there is no need to re-apply.
Eligible businesses that qualified for the first grant for the period 5th January to 15th February will automatically be included in the next round of funding. We anticipate that the first payments will be made by Mid-March. The grant levels have been set as below:
For the period 16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021 (44 days)
For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under: = £2,096
For properties with a rateable value of £15,001 and less than £51,000: = £3,143
For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over: £4,714
Please do not contact the Council regarding the expiry of the time limited element of the business support grant as officers will not be able of offer any update; and are currently exceptionally busy processing business support grant applications.
Further information see Torridge District Council's Coronavirus Updates page.