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Issued: 23 November 2020
On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in South Hams will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon County Council and some parish and town council by-elections plus Neighbourhood Plan referendums in some areas.
While the elections are not until May, we’re already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.
There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.
Andy Bates, Electoral Registration Officer for South Hams District Council, said: “It’s really important that you have your say in next year’s May elections. Every vote helps to decide the local representatives who play a crucial role on local issues which affect your everyday lives.
“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to carefully consider future arrangements so you can vote safely when the time comes. There will be measures in place, which you already recognise from the past year, which adopt the hands, face and space controls. As always, you can also decide to vote by post or proxy, if you would rather not attend in person.”
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.
“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.
“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote”
Residents can visit the FAQ page on the website at www.southhams.gov.uk to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team at email@example.com Telephone 01803 861434.
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.
Novembers theme is fuel and battery theft
Why is this important?
On farms, fuel and batteries are one of the most likely things to be targeted by criminals. Thefts often increase during the longer nights with the extended cover of darkness giving more opportunities. Unprotected tanks can be emptied in minutes using basic methods causing both financial and emotional impacts on farmers and businesses.
What do you need to do?
Reduce fuel theft with simple crime prevention measures. Working together, land owners, rural businesses and members of the public should be vigilant reporting any suspicious activity to the police – noting vehicle details, descriptions and an accurate location.
How can you prevent this?
-Landowners and managers, where possible, should secure gates and block unused entrances.
-Protect fuel and batteries with locks, lighting, CCTV and fencing.
-Store machinery, tanks and batteries out of sight where possible.
-Consider the use of signage or other means to prevent cold callers to farms and businesses.
-Notify the police using 999 if you suspect an offence is being committed.
-If you have any information please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call the non-emergency number, 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 08007830137.
-Join Devon & Cornwall Alert, https://alerts.dc.police.uk/ Watch schemes and local social media groups so that you can find out what is happening in your area.