Police carry out day of action in crackdown on rural crime across Northumberland

Police have carried out a day of action against rural crime in Northumberland.

Sunday, 9th August 2020, 5:40 pm

Earlier this week, Northumbria Police officers across the county teamed up with some of the Rural Crime Volunteers and the Environment Agency to help disrupt rural crime around poaching and other wildlife offences.

The initiative, named Operation Poacher, carried out proactive patrols in Haltwhistle, Whitfield, Matfen, Bywell, Styford and on the Military Road.

A total of 10 vehicles were stopped, with one man dealt with for trespassing offences and another two men spoken to regarding fishing offences.

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Acting Sgt Lee Davison

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Acting Sergeant Lee Davison, one of the officers leading on the operation, praised the officers and volunteers and their continued dedication to disrupting rural crime: “We know rural crime has many strands and all form a wider intelligence picture of the issues impacting our more isolated communities,” he said

“This operation has enabled us to continue to build on the wider picture of rural crime across Northumberland.

“It provides us with the necessary information to remain a constant and determined operational force against anyone who thinks they can conduct any form of criminal behaviour in our area.

“We are committed to working with partners to create a holistic approach to tackling this kind of criminality and ensuring residents continue to feel heard and supported by officers.”

The force and its partners will continue their effort to tackle all forms of rural crime and support communities.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding rural crime you can visit the dedicated section of the force’s website.

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