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Farmwatch team awarded for fighting rural crime

Farmwatch members work with the police Photo: ITV

Police officers and volunteers who work together to fight rural crime have been given an award for their hard work. Teesdale and Weardale's 'Farmwatch' has teams that go out at night, to catch burglars, poachers and scrap-metal thieves red-handed.

Keeping a look out for suspicious vehicles Credit: ITV

The Chairman of Farmwatch has been in the post for more than 20 years, he says Farmwatch has strengthened the community and that he never imagined it would be so successful.

Members also gather information on suspicious people and vehicles. Operations are organised at the last minute, and held on random evenings to catch criminals unaware. It's part of a wider Farmwatch network across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Police act on Farmwatch intelligence Credit: ITV

Sergeant Chris Knox, from Durham Police, said the Farmwatch teams are vital to fighting rural crime and described the volunteers and the 'eyes and ears' of the police.