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Dairy farmers have their say in first rural crime forum


Sue and Mike Hussey at the Dairy Show

Farmers and visitors to the Dairy Show heard from Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and Superintendent Ian Wylie at the first rural crime forum.

The event in the Lecture Theatre of the Bath and West Showground gave residents and visitors the chance to ask questions of the police and the PCC.  Topics ranged from dealing with tractor theft, the value of CCTV to hearing about police successes in catching criminals.

Speaking after the Dairy Show, Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s great to be back at the Dairy Show again. I visited last year on the campaign trail and heard from many farmers. Many of which told me they had little faith in the police’s understanding of the impact that rural crime has on their families and livelihoods.

“I have discussed these concerns in meetings with the NFU, the Countryside Landowners Association and Dairy UK. Many of these meetings have been with the Chief Constable and we have both agreed that rural crime has to be priority for Avon and Somerset.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner I’m here to ensure that all voices are heard and importantly that residents are more involved in shaping policing. Today’s discussion was good and the police heard the concerns and frustrations from Dairy Show visitors as well as calls for more information about the success the police are having on reducing crime.

“It was also important to spread the word about important schemes such as Farm Watch. I was delighted to see so many people sign up. Only by working all together can we effectively tackle and reduce rural crime and make our countryside even safer and more prosperous.”


Posted on Thursday 3rd October 2013
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