Farm­ers help TVP to crack ru­ral crime

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A FARMER has been has been help­ing Thames Val­ley Po­lice get up to speed on farm­ing and ru­ral is­sues.

Since July, Berks, Bucks & Oxon NFU ad­viser Tom Cack­ett has been run­ning a se­ries of train­ing ses­sions on a range of top­ics and types of ru­ral crime.

Mr Cack­ett said: “Thames Val­ley Po­lice has made tack­ling ru­ral crime a pri­or­ity and it re­ally shows. Farmer con­fi­dence in the po­lice has grown lo­cally and sta­tis­tics show ru­ral crime de­creas­ing. I think a lot of this can be at­trib­uted to a greater com­mit­ment from Thames Val­ley Po­lice, to en­gage with the ru­ral com­mu­nity through ini­tia­tives like this and other events such as the Ru­ral Crime Fo­rums. It’s also re­ally pleas­ing to see in­di­vid­ual of­fi­cers take an in­ter­est in ru­ral crime.”

Each train­ing ses­sion aims to give the of­fi­cers an over­view of the farm­ing cal­en­dar, a run­down on the var­i­ous types of ru­ral crime and some of the rel­e­vant leg­is­la­tion.

Top­ics cov­ered in­clude: dog at­tacks on live­stock (live­stock wor­ry­ing), firearms and shot­guns, hare cours­ing (tres­pass­ing, chas­ing and killing brown hare with dogs il­le­gally), public rights of way and live­stock theft.

Fur­ther train­ing ses­sions are planned for the com­ing months.

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