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 Seven forces come together to combat rural crime


Over 100 officers and volunteers from seven police Forces across the North of England have joined together overnight in a bid to tackle rural crime.

The multi-force operation occurred overnight from Thursday 16th May until early hours of this morning. This involved teams from Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Northumbria and North Yorkshire providing reassurance to those in rural communities by combating criminals who operate between force areas.

Over 90 vehicles were stopped during Operation Checkpoint resulting in five vehicles being seized, two males being reported for Road Traffic Offences, four persons being checked and seven intelligence reports submitted. PCSO’s and the Fire Brigade also dealt with a fire in woodland area in Hartlepool.

The operation also resulted in officers seizing an off road motorbike from Guisborough Woods, gaining positive feedback from the caller who had reported the motorbike issue.

Cleveland Police's Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Operation Checkpoint enables us to work together with other forces to tackle rural crime. This was another successful operation and I’d like to say thank you and well done to everyone involved who worked together to make our rural areas a safer place.

“It is important that we continue to clamp down on crimes in the rural areas by working with other forces, ensuring our rural communities are safe.”​