Police launch scheme to tackle rural crime

Farmer Peter Vale takes delivery of the Farm Watch warning sign from Inspector Lou Cordiner with police community safety officer Lucy Cross and Sergeant Phil Durrant.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Farmer Peter Vale takes delivery of the Farm Watch warning sign from Inspector Lou Cordiner with police community safety officer Lucy Cross and Sergeant Phil Durrant.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

Police have launched a new scheme to help prevent rural crime and identify and catch criminals in rural Leicestershire.

Titled Countryside Watch, officers said it is specifically designed to address the needs of farmers, land owners, horse owners, other rural industries and those living in rural areas by helping to improve security and developing communication between these groups of people.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: “Leicestershire Police’s crime reduction officers encourage everyone who lives and works in our rural communities to be vigilant, reporting any suspicious activity to the police and reviewing security arrangements currently in place.”

Anyone with any information about crime affecting Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can contact the local policing unit on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.