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PCC to host Rural Crime Forum


PCSo talking to a farmer

Rural communities will have the chance to meet with Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens when she hosts her first rural crime forum at the Dairy Show* on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will be accompanied by Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham and police rural crime experts will be on hand to offer advice from protecting and securing your property to metal theft.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I have experienced a real desire from the rural community to engage with the police and I feel that a Rural Crime Forum, which will be at a very strategic level, would facilitate this.

“I understand some of the challenges that farmers, smallholders and rural businesses face and working together we can prevent and reduce rural crime from happening.

“We have some fantastic schemes including Farm and Rural Watches, proving to be very successful in Avon and Somerset, and in the areas where initiatives are working particularly well I want to share this best practice further.”

Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Anthony Bangham said: “Our local policing teams already work closely with their rural communities, farmers and members of Rural and Farm Watch schemes, both of which are proving to be highly successful; but we want to continue to build and strengthen these essential relationships.

“We want to hear directly from our rural communities, your concerns, your priorities and how you feel we can work with you. This will inform our work going forwards. Forum such as this is a good opportunity for us to meet with people and have those discussions.”

The forum will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet from 12.30.

PCC Sue Mountstevens, ACC Anthony Bangham and Superintendent Ian Wylie will discuss their plans to tackle rural crime from 1300 – 1400.

Sergeant Ed Hawkins, Metal theft lead, PC Rowan Hawkins, Rural Crime Officer and Rural Crime Lead PCSO Matt Tailby will be on hand throughout the Dairy Show to offer advice and to listen to any concerns by Dairy Show visitors.

Rural, Farm, Horse and Neighbourhood Watches look after property through the sharing of intelligence between the community and the police. If you would like to join your local watch please call 101 or visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk  

*Please note that the Dairy Show is a paid for event.

Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2013
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