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Horsewatch needs the community to help

Equestrians in Cumbria are bring advised to join Horsewatch, a scheme set up by Cumbria Police to reduce the theft of horses and riding equipment.

They will gain access to crime alerts in their area and crime prevention advice.

Nigel Sutcliffe, Horsewatch co-ordinator, explains the importance of community involvement in the scheme:

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Horsewatch scheme launched to deter thieves

Police hope it will reduce rural equine crime Credit: ITV Border

Horse and pony owners in Cumbria are being encouraged to sign up to a new scheme to deter thieves.

Equestrians who join Horsewatch will gain access to crime alerts in their area and prevention advice.

Equestrians are encouraged to join Credit: ITV Border

Police hope that it will reduce horse and riding equipment thefts in rural areas.

Full Report: Rural crime campaign launched

Police estimate that almost half a million pounds worth of livestock has been stolen in Cumbria in the last three years.

As we reported on Lookaround last night, the Police have launched a week-long campaign to highlight the issue - officers have been at Kendal Auction Mart today.

Our Rural Affairs Correspondent, Tim Backshall, reports.

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

Full Report: Rural crime on the rise

A crime wave of thefts is hitting farmers across Southern Scotland. Tens of thousands of pounds of equipment and livestocks been stolen in the past two weeks.

It comes as new figures show that rural crime across Scotland went up by 12 per cent last year.

However, while Scotland has an increasing problem, rural crime in England has fallen by 20 percent.

Matthew Taylor has been investigating - watch his full report below.

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