Rural crime a policing priority
11 May 2017 11:52 AM[View Full Size]
Police and partners met to officially launch a partnership initiative to tackle rural crime in Northumberland.
The steering group made up of organisations who are committed to working together to focus on rural crime included; the National Farmers Union - with County Chairman Hugh Richardson chairing the meeting, the Forestry Commission, Northumberland National Parks, Angling Trust, National Gamekeepers Organisation, Countryside Landowners Association, Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Fire and Rescue.
Northumbria Police Superintendent Andy Huddleston said: "We already work closely with our rural communities here in Northumberland to prevent crime but I feel this meeting has been an excellent step forward in getting a wide range of representatives from organisations who work in the county around the table. In particular we believe those organisations with members whose livelihood's often depend on the rural economy need to have a strong input on how we tackle crime and issues which directly affect them.
"Our crime priorities are: working with rural communities to prevent crime, helping to reduce thefts of machinery and farming equipment and tackling travelling criminals targeting rural areas.
"By focusing on these three key areas we aim to keep Northumberland one of the safest places to live and work.
"I was very impressed by the commitment shown by our partners at the meeting who expressed their enthusiasm to work together to deal with these important issues."
The group discussed crime prevention tactics to stop thefts of quad bikes, farm machinery and fuel. It also talked about current poaching issues and what’s being done.
The partnership approach to work with the rural community has been a mainstay of policing across the county over several years. The force regularly carries out Operation Checkpoint with other forces to tackle travelling criminals and works closely with volunteers accompanying officers while stopping and checking vehicles coming into Northumberland.