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Rural Crime

Alert message sent 17/01/2017 20:12:00

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East Bassetlaw Police officers have again delivered on their Rural Crime Operation across the County on Operation “Bifocal”.

Operation “Bifocal” addresses the concerns of the rural communities by partnership working between Police, farmers and landowners.
Police working the operation (many of whom have had special training) make use of the local knowledge of those farmers and landowners who work alongside officers, but separately, acting as “eyes and ears” across the policing areas.

This is achieved by parking up at hot spot locations for rural crime, or conducting observations at a distance. If offenders are sighted or suspicious activity, or vehicles are seen, Police engaged on the operation, who are specifically made available by their respective forces, are talked in to the problem location by those farmers and any offences are dealt with by Police.

This Operation which was initially a Nottinghamshire operation has recently widened to include other Forces facing similar problems. Officers from South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Police as far away as Staffordshire have been included in the recent deliveries of Operation Bifocal.

Offences identified by officers involved have included the seizure of firearms possessed in a public place. The prosecution of offenders for night time trespass for taking of game or rabbits. Numerous vehicles being seized for no tax or insurance, Recently 4 quads were seized after they were reported as riding on farm land. Other offences such as drink driving and no car tax have led to arrests and the seizure of vehicles.

Sgt Crofts from Harworth Police Station said “The farming community are very supportive and keen to deliver, as a result more dates are planned, both day and night throughout the year and offenders will continue to be focussed upon.”
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Antony Crofts (Police, SGT 879, East Bassetlaw)

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