20th Sep, 2019

Rural crime event a success ahead of West Mercia Police Facebook Live discussion on the issue

MORE than 30 people turned up for an event to discuss rural crime held at Lizzie’s Farm in Chadwich.

Representatives included West Mercia Police’s rural crime officers, Margaret Sherrey from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, experts from Stop the Thief alarm and surveillance specialist, Rachael George from NFU Mutual and Mark Birtles from the National Farmers’ Union.

PCSO Stuart Taylor, who also attended, said: “There were a lot of questions asked about different offences that farmers and other rural businesses face.

“It was good for people to see what action they could take to stop rural crime.

“We had some positive feedback about the event and are hoping to run more in the future.”

There will also be a Facebook Live discussion on rural crime at 7pm on Monday, June 24, on the West Mercia PCC Facebook page.

The public are invited to ask the questions which West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion and his Deputy Tracey Onslow will put to West Mercia Police Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, and Deputy Chief Constable Amanda Blakeman.

The meeting is the third to be broadcast live, and is part of a series of regular meetings, focusing on key priorities raised by communities.

Mr Campion said “Building safer, more secure rural communities is something that, I and the Chief Constable are committed to. I get clear feedback that this priority is shared by our communities.

“I’d encourage people to take advantage of this opportunity, to have a voice at the highest level. Any questions you have about rural policing, funding to tackle rural crime or particular crime types affecting you and your communities, can be addressed in the most open and transparent way.”

Anyone who has a question should email them to getinvolved@westmercia.pnn.police.uk before 5pm tomorrow (Sunday).

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