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Police step up war on poachers


3:38pm 6th October 2011

The game is up for poachers and rural criminals as police re-launch Operation Jumbo in the Selby District.

The hugely successful rural crime operation, which began in November 2009, is now entering its third year and has more support than ever in terms of resources and backing from local residents.

Since the beginning of the operation the Selby District Rural Watch team has offered great support to local officers by regularly reporting suspicious activity and joining the police on night-time patrols.

This year there will be more Rural Watch patrols than in previous years and the local police will be reinforced by officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group and Firearms Support Units.

More officers, more patrols and more eyes and ears in the form of local people and Rural Watch members means that rural areas will be better protected than ever before.

Inspector Richard Abbott, of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“Operation Jumbo has been a great success over the last couple of years and has been well received and supported by local residents.

“This year we are determined to build on the success of the operation and my message to poachers and rural criminals is: if you come to our district to commit crime and prey on our communities, we will be ready for you and you are more likely to be caught than ever before.

“Rural Watch is growing, our knowledge of rural crime and poaching is improving all the time and we have more and more people reporting suspicious behaviour to the police.

“Our residents, landowners and farmers are as determined as we are to win the fight against rural crime and this winter we will be making life very tough for criminals in the Selby District.”

Crime is down in Selby by 5.3% compared to this time last year with 104 less victims suffering at the hands of criminals.

Targeted crime reduction campaigns, such as Operation Jumbo, are key to this success and Inspector Abbott is urging all local residents to help the police maintain Selby district as one of the safest areas in the country to live.

He added:

“Operation Jumbo is running from now until next spring and I urge all residents to get on board with the police and keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious people or vehicles in their area.

“The support we receive from Rural Watch members is invaluable and the more people we have on board the better. If poachers and rural watch members know we are watching them, they are less likely to come here and disrupt the lives of our residents.”

For more information about Operation Jumbo and joining Rural Watch, visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/farmwatch

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