Skye Show

Skye po­lice and farm­ers join forces

The Oban Times - - Farming -

A NEW scheme aimed at re­duc­ing crime in ru­ral ar­eas was launched at the week­end in Portree.

The Ru­ral Watch ser­vice cov­er­ing Skye, Lochalsh and Lochcar­ron is a joint project be­tween Po­lice Scot­land and NFU Scot­land and was set up to raise aware­ness of the risks of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in ru­ral ar­eas. The scheme was launched at the Skye Agri­cul­tural Show on Satur­day.

Jake Sayles, NFU se­nior agent and group sec­re­tary, said: ‘Un­for­tu­nately, ru­ral crime is on the in­crease. Thefts from farms of quad bikes, tools and even heat­ing oil have been re­ported re­cently and it could hap­pen to any­one.

‘The scheme en­cour­ages peo­ple to sign up to get text, phone or email alerts of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in their area and they will also re­ceive ad­vice on how to keep their prop­erty safe.’

In­spec­tor Lynda Allan of the Lochaber and Skye Po­lice, said: ‘By join­ing the Ru­ral Watch scheme, participants will re­ceive alerts and ad­vice by phone, text or email keep­ing them in­formed about crime and other threats in their area.

‘In­stead of wait­ing for a crime to hap­pen, it’s bet­ter to make peo­ple aware of the pos­si­ble risks in their area and ed­u­cate them. Like the re­ally suc­cess­ful Neigh­bour­hood Watch scheme, we hope this ini­tia­tive will help to re­duce crime and the fear of crime as well as en­cour­age peo­ple to think about safety and se­cu­rity, both for them­selves and for their com­mu­nity.’

To join Ru­ral Watch or for in­for­ma­tion, visit­ral­watch­scot­

Ten­sion mounts dur­ing the se­ri­ous busi­ness of judg­ing the sheep by Ben Reeves of Ding­wall.

There were plenty of young­sters to en­joy the mega game of pass the par­cel.

The quad bike push re­quired brute strength.

The hay-bale race was a pop­u­lar event.

In­spec­tor Lynda Allan and Jake Sayles from the NFUS.

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