Roadshow to target rural crime planned

Insp Andy Ham and PC Nick Willey of Operation Galileo with Lincolnshire NFU chairman Ian Stancer and county advisor Andrew Wilson who is backing a Rural Crime Prevention Awareness Day in Holbeach St Johns next week.
Insp Andy Ham and PC Nick Willey of Operation Galileo with Lincolnshire NFU chairman Ian Stancer and county advisor Andrew Wilson who is backing a Rural Crime Prevention Awareness Day in Holbeach St Johns next week.
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Farmers and landowners can get tips on combating crime from the police at an event in Holbeach St Johns next week.

A Rural Crime Prevention Awareness Day is taking place at Doubleday Holbeach, Old Fendyke, on Thursday November 14 from 8.30am until 4.30pm for anyone interested in reducing crime in the countryside.

Members of Holbeach and The Sutton Community Policing Team will be joined by Lincolnshire Police wildlife liaison officer, PC Nick Willey, and other officers from the Operation Galileo team dedicated to tackling hare coursing in south Lincolnshire.

Zoe Doubleday-Collishaw of the Doubleday Group said: “We’ve always wanted to get across to the police that our customers have been affected and are affected by rural crime, so if we can help them in any way by holding this event, we’d like to do it.

“Hopefully, the farmers will learn things they probably didn’t know before that will potentially reduce crime.”

Holbeach and The Sutton community policing sergeant Amy Whiffen said: “There is evidence to suggest that rural crime is largely planned, rather than opportunist, so communities can really help by working together with us.”