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Rural crime increases

New figures show there's been a rise in rural crime across most of the West - with high value farm equipment such as quad bikes increasingly being targeted.

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Rural crime costs the South West £5.5m

Rural crime costs the South West £5.5m Credit: hilipp Schulze/DPA

Rural crime cost the South West an estimated £5.5 million last year. The most common items targeted were tools, quad bikes and machinery.

Nationally the cost of rural crime has increased by over 5%. A spokesman for insurer NFU Mutual says that more high value items are being stolen across the UK.

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