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 Police take part in day of action against rural crime


​POLICE are putting the focus on rural crime as part of a national day of action.

During the National Day of Action Against Rural Crime, which takes place today, officers in County Durham and Darlington will be out in force to tackle those who commit crime in rural areas.

Throughout the day, officers will be visiting farms and auction marts across the force area to help educate farmers and landowners on crime prevention and reporting of incidents.

In Consett, officers will also be taking part in a crackdown on poaching, while teams in Stanley will take part in dedicated patrols with Farmwatch volunteers.

Superintendent Richie Allen, from Durham Constabulary, said: “Our activities are just a small part of a much wider day of action which is taking place across the country. We hope it will send out a clear message that criminals are not welcome in rural communities.

“Here in County Durham and Darlington, we want to reassure communities that while we are trying to do more with less available resources, rural crime remains a priority for us and we will do everything we can to tackle it, and support victims.”

Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner said: “Rural crime remains a key focus for myself and the force.

“I welcome coordinated action days, like today, as they are an excellent way of tackling criminals who operate within our rural areas. Today’s activity is just a small part of what the constabulary do to prevent and tackle rural crime. 

“I want to reassure our communities that we are doing everything we can to support victims, address issues and tackle crime. I recently published my Rural Policing Statement 2019, endorsing the work of the force in rural areas and setting out priorities for the future.” 

For more information on the day, follow #ruralcrime and #ukruralcrimedayofaction on social media.