Cambridgeshire police launch crackdown on rural crime

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As part of a crackdown on rural crime, Cambridgeshire police is holding a day of action to target criminals operating in rural areas of the county.

The rural crime day of action, delivered in partnership with the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Countryside Watch, is being held today (Wednesday November 25) across Cambridgeshire.

Chief Inspector James Sutherland, event organiser, said: “Parts of Cambridgeshire are very rural areas which can often be targeted by criminals.

“While we have seen the number of rural crime incidents in the county reduce by about a third in the past year, we have seen a spike in hare coursing, which will be our focus during the day of action.

“Our intention is to target offenders through mobile patrols and stop checks and deal with offences where they are found. This will be done using a combination of regular serving police officers, members of the Special Constabulary and partnership agencies.”

A tractor has kindly been loaned to the force free of charge for the event by horticultural machinery dealer, Ben Burgess, and will be branded with the full police Battenberg.

Ch Insp Sutherland added: “I would like to thank Ben Burgess for their generosity in loaning us one of their tractors as this will play a key part in helping us engage with members of the public and raise awareness of rural issues, including safe driving around tractors.

“As well as having officers out conducting anti-hare coursing and poaching patrols, officers will be highly visible driving the tractor across the county in a bid to educate drivers about safety when tractors are being driven on the road.”

A number of ‘barn meetings’ will be held in conjunction with Cesar It, who will be on hand to install property marking systems on industrial machinery.

The meets will be held at:

· Parkfield Sports and Social Club, Chapel Lane, Wimblington near March, at 7pm on Wednesday evening

· 7 Park Farm, Sandpit Road, Thorney, Peterborough, at 8.30am on Thursday morning

· Abbots Ripton Village Hall, The Green, Huntingdon, at 12pm on Thursday afternoon

· Cole Ambrose Ltd, Harlocks Farm, Soham Road, Ely, at 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon

· National Trust Wimpole Home Farm Café, Home Farm, Old Wimpole Road, Arrington, Royston, at 7pm on Thursday evening