Farm Watch continues to expand

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MEMBERSHIP of Farm Watch - a scheme launched in May to fight rural crime north of Preston - has been given a further boost.

The initial 91-strong membership has now grown to 140 following another recruitment drive as part of last week’s countywide ‘Operation Firecrest’ run by Lancashire police.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers at Broughton police station, many more who had not already joined the Farm Watch scheme were contacted and signed up to it.

Rural PC Chris Banks says Farm Watch - which allows farmers and businesses throughout the Broughton, Woodplumpton, Catforth, Barton, Inglewhite, Whitechapel, Whittingham, Goosnargh and Grimsargh area - to be alerted to rural crime via email and text as well as by other means, is proving a “huge success”.

Members are also given the opportunity to meet police regularly to share information about suspicious activity and crime.