Farmers join forces with police in the fight against rural crime
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