Young Farmers encouraged to join Farm Watch

PC Carl Chew and Chipping Young Farmers
PC Carl Chew and Chipping Young Farmers

Chipping Young Farmers returned after Easter to meet Longridge PC and Ribble Valley Wildlife Officer Carl Chew, who said rural residents should be vigilant with security due to an recent increase in thefts of Land Rovers, diesel and bicycles.

PC Chew had two iPads with him so members could sign up to Farm Watch, a scheme he would like to encourage residents to join.

Farm Watch allows officers to in particular share information with farmers and country businesses who may otherwise hard to reach.

It allows alerts of any suspicious behaviour or recent crimes to be either emailed or texted to scheme members, so they can keep their land and property safe.

Likewise, members are encouraged to inform police of sightings of suspicious or unusual activity and this is passed to all scheme members, helping police tighten the net on criminals. A number of members signed up on the night and those who were already signed up contributed by saying how useful it had been.

Chipping has had more than its fair share of crime and attempted crime in recent months, and PC Chew, who was thanked by vice- chairman Rob Flaherty, would like as many as possible from the community to join the scheme.

During the business meeting, treasurer Lucy Dickinson said the club would be entering the forthcoming Bowland Regional Rally swing dancing competition, but there were no takers for the knitting or male modeling. Along with stock judging, sports, cookery and arts and crafts, this on May 12 at Gisburn Auction Market.

The April 22 meeting is beef judging at Old Buckley Farm, Ribchester by kind permission of Peter Coates – meet at the church steps at 7pm.