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Scheme to tackle countryside crime set to be expanded

PC Tina Starbuck pictured outside Epworth Police station. Picture: Marie Caley E0100MC

PC Tina Starbuck pictured outside Epworth Police station. Picture: Marie Caley E0100MC

POLICE are hoping to expand a successful scheme that was launched over a year ago to crackdown on rural crime across the Isle.

Countrywatch is making a difference throughout the area, as people link up to it and report incidents such as poaching, nuisance off-road bikes and trespassers with dogs.

Farmers, landowners and other land users can join Countrywatch at a small cost, and will then be able to use a text messaging service that gives information about rural crimes.

Already there are over 100 members of the scheme, who report any thefts or suspicious activity.

A Humberside Police spokesman said: “When you join the scheme you will be given a nominated co-ordinator. If you see something you wish to report, you text the co-ordinator, who communicates by text with a computerised system. This allows the original text to be sent out to all members of the scheme.”

The reports immediately create a wide alert across the region.

Police say that the volume of information officers receive has already helped to stop criminals in their tracks.

There are also information leaflets for parents and riders of off-road bikes, explaining where and when they can be ridden safely and within the law.

PC Tina Starbuck at Epworth Police Station is one contact. Leaflets and application forms can also be collected from the station.

For details email tina.starbuck@humberside.police.pnn or call 0845 6060 222.

 

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