Public urged to be ‘eyes and ears’ of police in crackdown on rural crime

Police cracking down on countryside crime are urging public vigilance as officers support rural communities through the coronavirus lockdown.

Devon and Cornwall Police has released a list of organisations offering free, impartial, and confidential advice to farmers and those living in rural communities.

Officers across Devon and Cornwall say they have received reports of cold callers targeting rural businesses and farms, and the theft of scrap metal, road fuel and heating oil.

Thefts of livestock and poultry in Cornwall has prompted police to warn against buying meat from ‘unusual sources’, such as stolen meat or from animals slaughtered unlawfully.

The Environment Agency has reported an individual visiting farms offering to upgrade their tracks and roads for free as a way of getting illegal waste onto the land, said police.

And officers continue to receive reports of livestock worrying, prompting police to remind walkers crossing public rights of way and footpaths to keep dogs on leads where animals graze.

A Devon and Cornwall Police  spokesperson said: “Please help us in our drive to support our rural communities and prevent rural crime by being our eyes and ears.”

Keep up to date on rural issues and follow Devon and Cornwall Police Twitter @DCPoliceRural_C https://twitter.com/DCPoliceRural_C 

Farming Help number (03000 111999) https://www.farminghelp.co.uk/

The Farming Community Network (FCN) Website: www.fcn.org.uk

You Are Not Alone (YANA) Website: www.yanahelp.org

National Directory of Rural Support Groups Phone: 0300 323 0400

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), Website: www.rabi.org.uk
Phone: 0808 281 9490

Samaritans Website: www.samaritans.org
Phone: 116 123

Mind Website: www.mind.org.uk
Phone: 0300 123 3393

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