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Crack down on rural crime


9:21am 1st March 2012

North Yorkshire Police have led a joint operation against criminals involved in rural crime.

Officers from the Richmond and Hambleton Safer Neighbourhood Command with colleagues from Durham and Cumbria assisted by nearly 100 volunteers, from watch schemes in the area, carried out the operation overnight between Wednesday 22 February and Thursday 23 February 2012, covering an area of around 1800 square miles.

Officers stopped a total of 59 people and vehicles, 32 in Durham, 25 in Cumbria and 11 in North Yorkshire.

In the Richmondshire area there were no crimes reported while the operation was running.

Two cars were seized by officers during the operation. Following a routine stop the first vehicle was seized in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire. As a result, the driver was arrested on suspicion of drugs offences.

The car also contained power tools which officers believe are stolen. The second car was stopped in the West Auckland of Durham for having no insurance. The driver was arrested for drugs offences.

Sergeant Stuart Grainger, of Leyburn Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“I would like to thank the volunteers from the Rural Watch schemes. Without their willingness to give up their spare time and using their local knowledge, it would not have been possible to cover such a wide area.

“As a result of the vital funding the Daleswatch and Borderwatch schemes receive from the Richmond Community Safety Partnership they are continuing to grow in strength. This means as well as new members joining existing watch groups, new groups covering other areas of the district are being established.

“The extra schemes mean that this operation is only the first of many that we will be able to run through the rest of 2012.”

Sgt Chris Knox, of Barnard Castle police said:

“In terms of closing the gate on criminals committing offences in rural areas I believe this operation has been a great success.”

If you know anyone who is committing crime in North Yorkshire is asked to contact the force on 101, Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, immediately.

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