Farm­ers join forces with po­lice in the fight against ru­ral crime

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

FARM­ERS and game­keep­ers worked with po­lice on a op­er­a­tion to tackle ru­ral crime.

Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow Ru­ral in­volved vol­un­teers from the Mac­cles­field farm­ing com­mu­nity, as well as the RSPCA, the Na­tional Farm­ers Union and the Na­tional Ve­hi­cle Crime In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice.

Vol­un­teers acted as the eyes and ears for the op­er­a­tion, gath­er­ing in­tel­li­gence and re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, which was then acted upon by of­fi­cers.

Po­lice used au­to­matic num­ber place recog­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy to iden­tify and track ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling in the area with known links to crim­i­nals.

In just one night 50 peo­ple were stopped.

Chief In­spec­tor Sarah Heath said the op­er­a­tion aimed to tackle of­fend­ers who tar­get the ru­ral com­mu­nity and raise aware­ness of ru­ral crime is­sues. She said: “Op­er­a­tions like this show that by en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity we can help pre­vent them be­com­ing a vic­tim of crime, we can build on the re­la­tion­ship we have and, more im­por­tantly, tackle an is­sue that has such an im­pact not only on peo­ple them­selves but in some cases their liveli­hoods.”

●● Po­lice and vol­un­teers are briefed dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Cross­bow Ru­ral

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