1. ITV Report

Lincolnshire Police joins forces with neighbours to tackle rural crime

Lincolnshire Police have joined forces with their counterparts in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire to sign a Rural Crime Concordate - a pledge to work across county borders to tackle crime issues which affect rural communities.

It means the forces with share intelligence, best practice and work together on major operations.

It is with absolute pleasure that I sign this Rural Crime Concordat. It is a clear signal to would-be criminals that the combined will and resources of our forces will mean greater powers to protect our rural communities and that historic borders will not afford them any protection.

Our collective endeavours will tackle issues such as hare coursing that plague our beautiful countryside and, by this commitment together, we are being clear about our objective to directly tackle these challenges in the future.

Our efforts in this year’s Operation Galileo, in which we have arrested 10 men and seized 7 dogs involved in hare coursing, shows how committed we are to tackling rural crimes and protecting the livelihood of our residents, but it is incredibly reassuring to know our partners are right behind us.

– Marc Jones, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner