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Multi-Agency Rural Crime Event, Perth

Alert message sent 25/04/2016 12:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland

Perth and Kinross agricultural community and local farmers are invited to attend a multi-agency Rural Crime Event which is taking place at the Huntingtower Hotel, Crieff Road, Perth on Wednesday, May 11.

Community Sergeant Amanda Nicolson, Perth and Kinross said:

"A number of speakers will be attending the event including Chief Superintendent Gavin Robertson, Police Scotland's lead for the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime (SPARC), Constable Blair Wilkie, Wildlife Crime officer for Tayside Division and Community Sergeant David Hayes, who will be speaking about dog control on farmland. Stuart Ward, Police Scotland's National Architectural Liaison Support Officer will also be providing crime prevention advice for farmers.

"It is an excellent event for local farmers and rural businesses to come to and get advice on crime prevention techniques and to discuss face to face all rural crime concerns.  Whilst this is a busy time in the farming calendar we do hope the local farming community will be able to take time out of their busy schedules to come along and participate in this, first of its kind, event in Perth and Kinross.

"There will be demonstrations on forensic marking using SelectaDNA and CESAR marking to keep agricultural property safe. SSE will be providing information on energy-related agricultural crime, including cable theft. Scottish Fire and Rescue will provide inputs on fire safety and prevention and Scottish Agricultural College will be discussing pathological investigations involving wild and domestic animals.

"A number of partners will have stands at the event including SelectaMark, NFU Scotland, Perth and Kinross Community Watch, Tracker  Network UK, Eclipse Security, Royal Highland Education Trust and SSE."

Allan Bowie, President of NFU Scotland who will also be available to speak to on the day, said:

“Rural crime doesn’t just impact farmers but affects everyone working and living in the rural community. NFU Scotland welcomes the opportunity to work alongside Police Scotland to raise awareness of the practical steps farmers can take to protect their property. We would encourage as many people as possible living in rural Perthshire to attend this event.”

Whilst the event is open to everyone on the day, you can register your interest and get further details from Stuart Cluckie, by emailing or calling 01738 6266672.

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Shirley Duff (Police Scotland, Public Enquiry & Support Assistant, Highland Perthshire)

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