Welcome to the official website of Strete in Devon, England. It is run and administered by Strete Parish Council.
Strete is about a fifteen minute drive from Dartmouth. It is to be found on the high coastal ground at the eastern end of Slapton Sands. It's a good place to stay if you like exploring the local beaches and is also convenient for Kingsbridge, Totnes and Salcombe.
Strete is the gateway to a wonderfully scenic stretch of coastal footpath which goes to Stoke Fleming, via the stunning Blackpool Sands in one direction and Strete Gate and Slapton Sands in the other. There is currently a collaboration with SHDC, DCC, Natural England, AONB, Coastal Footpath Association, the Ramblers Association, the Parish Council and others to provide a safe, off-road stretch of footpath from the village down to Strete Gate thus avoiding the necessity of walking along a particularly narrow stretch of the A379. It is hoped that work will commence in 2014.
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Warning this week from the local Police - Police received a report from an elderly resident in the Totnes area who had answered the door to a white man in his 40's purporting to be from Tor Homes.
The man briefly flashed an ID badge before stating that a letter had been sent telling them someone would be calling to check their electricity both upstairs and downstairs. The elderly resident did not recall receiving a letter and refused to let the man in at which time the male became angry and verbally aggressive, entry was still refused and he left. Enquiries were made with Tor homes who confirmed they had not mailed any letters or sent any workmen to visit the property. The man was described as a white male about 5'9" tall and of stocky build wearing light green wet weather jacket and trousers. He had a large face with a red complexion.
Residents living in rented, part rent or part buy or bought homes through housing associations or firms , are asked to exercise caution when answering the door to unexpected callers, always put the door chain on if you have one, never let anyone into your home without first being contacted by the company or landlord.
If you are suspicious of the caller, close and lock your door, ring a neighbour, a family member or call the Police. Thank you
Officials are reporting that these following kinds of hoax calls are STILL doing the rounds. An elderly gentleman from North Devon who was duped into parting with his life savings of £9,000. He received a telephone call apparently from the 'Metropolitan Police' who said his grandson had been arrested and needed money for bail. The gentleman gave his bank details to the caller which turned out to be a hoax call and his bank account was emptied.
Other scams which are growing in number are calls coming from somebody claiming to be from your bank or the Police. They give a variety of reasons for calling including the fact that somebody has been arrested in possession of your bank cards and they need the account and PIN numbers from you to check this and again bank accounts are drained of funds.
Other scams are used which encourage you to hang up and call your bank to verify the caller and they give you the number to call or even suggest you call 999. But because they never hang up the phone from their end, when you think you have ended the call and dial the number they ask you to call, they are in fact still on the line and they then pretend to be the person you are calling and of course verify the original call and ask you for your account and PIN numbers.
Remember, nobody, including the bank and the police, will ever call you and ask for your bank account details and PIN numbers over the telephone and you should never trust anybody making these kind of calls to you. They will also never ask you to draw any money out to 'test your acccount' and send it to them or send a courier round for your bank cards. All these approaches are being made - if in doubt, don't do it!