Police officers join together to take action against rural crime

09 May 2018 09:00 AM

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Around 200 officers and volunteers from nine police Forces across the north of England joined together overnight on Thursday (May 3) in a show of strength against rural crime.

More than 120 vehicles were stopped during Operation Checkpoint in a bid to tackle rural crime, resulting in one arrest, two fixed penalty notices being issued and five vehicles seized, including a quad bike worth thousands of pounds.

This is the fifth year that Operation Checkpoint has taken place and it is a coordinated effort to patrol rural areas and tackle offending which targets those who live and work in our countryside.

Nineteen volunteers and four Special constables from Northumbria Police were in attendance, helped by resources from the Force’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and Operation Support.

Officers visited farms and landowners and acted on local intelligence to disrupt rural crime alongside their counterparts from Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Merseyside, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire.

One man, aged 22, was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst being disqualified and has been released under investigation

Inspector Pam Bridges, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was another fantastic team effort and an example of the teamwork involved from all Forces to tackle the serious issues around rural crime.

“It sends out a clear message to criminals that this type of crime will not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with our neighbouring forces in the future to clamp down on this kind of offending.

“By working together in this way, as the last few years have shown, we can make our rural areas safer for the future. Well done to everyone involved in the operation.

The operation also focused on rural wildlife and issues such as poaching.

Paul Payne, Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer for Cleveland Police, said: “Operation Checkpoint saw officers out in Force across the rural areas of our patch. 

“Working with neighbouring Forces is crucial to tackling rural crime. The response to the operation from the public has been positive and it is important that we continue to protect people from rural crime and to prevent people from having fear of it. 

“I would particularly like to thank all of officers and volunteers who as always gave their time to assist us and the rural communities, this operation would not be a success without your hard work and dedication.”