Rural crime campaign launched

Cumbria Police are asking the community to help them tackle sheep and livestock thefts in rural areas.

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Lyth farmer was victim of rural crime

Almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years, according to Cumbria police.

The force has launched Operation Ambient to raise awareness.

They have been patrolling at Kendal auction Mart to look for stolen animals and to talk to farmers about the problem.

Many of them, like Andrew Allen, who farms near Windermere, have had livestock stolen.

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Rural crime campaign showcased at Kendal Market

Sheep at the Kendal Market Credit: ITV News

Police are at the Kendal Auction Market today speaking to farmers as part of their campaign to tackle rural crime.

Livestock thefts have increased in the past few years Credit: ITV News

The campaign also hopes to encourage local communities to get in contact with the police and report suspicious behaviour.

Sheep in a pen at Kendal Market Credit: ITV News

Cumbria Police launch rural crime campaign

Cumbria Police are asking the community to help them tackle sheep and livestock thefts in rural areas.

The force have launched a week of action to raise the profile of livestock crime in rural areas.

It follows the announcement that over the past three years more than £400,000 worth of livestock has been stolen.

"It is key for us to work together to put a stop to this type of rural crime.

“When people see something out of place or someone acting suspiciously I urge them to contact Cumbria Police through the non-emergency 101 number straight away.

"This will help us to help protect them, prevent offences and prosecute offenders."

– Temporary Detective Sergeant Andrew Lamb

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