‘Dramatic’ drop in rural offences

Photo Ian Robinson'Farm Watch, PCSO David Reid and PCSO Ashley Lawton based at Broughton Police Station
Photo Ian Robinson'Farm Watch, PCSO David Reid and PCSO Ashley Lawton based at Broughton Police Station
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A SCHEME launched by Broughton police to crack down on rural crime has now attracted over 500 members.

The Farmwatch operation was set-up by PC Chris Banks and PCSO Dave Reid to specifically serve farmers and businesses across the rural area, stretching from Catforth to Grimsargh and including the Inglewhite and Whitechapel community.

It has proved so valuable that farmers in the Bleasdale area have now linked up to the scheme.

PC Banks said: “We have had a fantastic response from the farming community.

“The farmers want to share information with us and each other and this is a simple way of reaching out to those areas and allowing us to react quickly to information given.

“And it is fair to say we have seen the number of crimes drop dramatically since we started the scheme.”

Similar to the neighbourhood watch programme, members can both share and receive information from other members in addition to messages sent out by police.

The information is shared by email or text and has successfully resulted in, detection and prosecution relating to problems such as metal theft, damage and trespass.

Members also receive regular updates of police activity around the area.

PC Banks added: “It is a deterrent for criminals to see the signs and we are wanting to encourage more land owners and businesses to come forward with information of suspicious activity to help better protect themselves and others.”

To sign up members must provide name, address and contact details, either email or text. For more information call Broughton Police Station on 01772 863390