Police bidding to cut rural crime

Colin Hopkins (left), Steve Davies and PCSO Cath Jones
Colin Hopkins (left), Steve Davies and PCSO Cath Jones

FARMERS and village residents are being urged to make sure their equipment and outhouses are secure.

Police and crime prevention officers are inviting rural workers and residents along to a meeting later this month.

The meeting, which will be held in the Spotted Cow pub, in Elwick Village on Monday, March 19, was organised in a bid to share information and give people the chance to ask any crime-related questions.

PC Keith Robinson, PC Claire Elliott and Police Community Safety Officer Cath Jones will be joined by crime prevention advisors PC Steve Davies and Colin Hopkins at the meeting, which will get underway at 7pm.

Mr Hopkins said: “The big thing for us is intelligence and making people aware of the potential problems.

“I’m not going to say it’s a big, big problem because it isn’t, but we need to get the message across.”

He said nationwide more than 3,000 tractors were stolen last year.

He also said Cleveland Police is dealing with more and more reports of out buildings being targeted.

“Out buildings are an easy target,” he added.

“But the more information we can get across, the more secure people can make these buildings and equipment.”

A similar meeting was held in Dalton Piercy around a year ago which was said to be a success.

He is hoping the meeting in Elwick has the same result.

Cleveland Police say everyone is welcome along to the meeting.