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Crackdown on rural crime

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Cumbria police are trying to crack down on rural crime.

They're hosting an event at the auction mart in Cockermouth following an increase in the number of burglaries and thefts around farms.

People will be able to discuss any issues of concern and sign up to the Farmwatch scheme.

Police event to help combat rural crime in Allerdale

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Police are hosting a public event in Cockermouth to discuss rural crime following an increase in thefts and burglaries at farms in the area.

The meeting takes place at Mitchell's Auction Mart at 7pm on Monday 2 March and will give people the opportunity to talk about any concerns they have around rural crime and what steps they can take to prevent it.

Crime prevention officer David Thompson and PCSO Sarah Brown will be offering advice on all aspects of rural crime along with the local wildlife officer.

“We encourage anyone with any issues or concerns to attend this event. We will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have and offer advice where possible. Even if you don’t have any concerns, you may be interested in the crime prevention tips that will be available.

“The event will also provide an opportunity to sign up to Farmwatch or request a free crime prevention survey at your farm.”

– PCSO Sarah Brown, Allerdale Rural Neighbourhood Policing team

Anyone with issues or concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Team by calling 101 or get in touch with the local crime prevention officer for free expert advice.

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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:

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.

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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.

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
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