Rural crime on the up

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NFU Mutual’s latest rural crime figures show that offences in the countryside, including the theft of expensive farm vehicles, fertilizers and livestock, is on the rise in the UK, with the figures for 2013 up 5.2 per cent on 2012.

According to the insurer, 2013 was the worst year on record for livestock theft.

Expensive farm machinery and vehicles are also being stolen, many being smuggled out of the UK.

The cost of crime to the UK’s rural economy reached £44.5million.