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Rural patrols help deter crime in and around county waterways

August 3, 2018
On patrol in North Warwickshire are, from left, Andy Eardley from the Environment Agency, PSCSO Simeon Hodson from Warwickshire Police, PC Dave Riley from Leicestershire Police and Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Officer for North Warwickshire.

On patrol in North Warwickshire are, from left, Andy Eardley from the Environment Agency, PCSO Simeon Hodson from Warwickshire Police, PC Dave Riley from Leicestershire Police and Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Officer for North Warwickshire.

A recent operation saw local officers from Coleshill and Atherstone work with the PCC-funded Rural Crime Officer and partners from the Environment Agency and Angling Trust to tackle crime in rural areas and on our waterways.

Patrols took place during the night at locations across the north of the county, including Kingsbury, Water Orton, Shustoke, Grendon, Polesworth, Alvecote, Bulkington, Bedworth, Hartshill and Camp Hill. In the Market Bosworth area officers linked in with Leicestershire Police to deal with issues there.

As well as a range of fishing offences which were tackled as part of the wider Operation Leviathan, the team dealt with many other aspects of rural crime and antisocial behaviour, which included the seizure of an illegal motorcycle, checking of vehicles and assisting police colleagues in a search for two minors that were reported missing. The visual presence in these communities and the opportunity to speak with the public at various locations during the evening was well received.

Carol Cotterill, Rural Crime Officer for North Warwickshire, said: “It was a very effective operation with high visibility patrols in rural areas and a number of incidents dealt with. Working with partners and our neighbouring forces provided good results and positive engagement with residents and those using areas around our waterways.”

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe funds the Rural Crime Project across the county in order to reinforce the message that Warwickshire is not a soft-spot for rural crime. Initiatives to reduce rural crime and bring offenders are a key element of the Police and Crime Plan commitment of ‘Preventing and Reducing Crime.’

Meanwhile, in the south of the county the two PCC-funded Rural Crime Co-ordinators for South Warwickshire were on hand at the Game Fair at Ragley Hall over the weekend. Bob Church and Emily Naismith joined forces with the local police Safer Neighbourhood Team to give out crime prevention and security marking advice to the visitors the popular rural show.

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