Rural crime crackdown on police commissioner’s radar

Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles unveils details of his Crime Prevention Fund
Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire Alan Charles unveils details of his Crime Prevention Fund

Proposals to tackle rural crime have been outlined by Derbyshire’s police commissioner.

Alan Charles announced details during the recent rural and wildlife crime summit in South Normanton, outlining new ways to fight countryside offences ranging from animal cruelty to thefts from farmers.

The first farmwatch partnership scheme currently operational in the Dales and High Peak areas will now be rolled out across each of Derbyshire police’s divisions.

And the force is in the process of widening the scope of specialist rural officers to include wildlife and rural crime across the county.

Mr Charles, who was joined at his conference by delegates and inspirational speakers from as far afield as Devon and Edinburgh, said: “I am delighted that as a result of this summit the force has agreed to put more formal structures in place to deal with these problems.” Crime-related issues which have an impact on the wildlife and countryside of Derbyshire range from poaching, persecution of birds of prey, hare coursing and badger baiting to destruction of the environment and fly-tipping.