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Commissioner’s Commitment to Tackling Rural Crime

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall is focusing on the serious issues and effects of rural crime by attending various initaitatives across the county. This week on Thursday 15th November the Commissioner will be attending the Penrith and District Farmers Mart’s Livestock Judging Evening to promote Crimestoppers Rural Reporting Line, the specialist number dedicated to reporting rural crime anonoymously.

Peter McCall comments:

“The reality is that we are one of the largest counties in the country and the police simply cannot be everywhere all the time and this is particularly so in our rural areas.  It is absolutely vital therefore that we work together with the rural and farming communities to keep crime from our county.  

“The Crimestoppers Rural Reporting Line is another vital weapon in the armory to combat crime.  We know that rural crime can have a devastating impact on farmers and their businesses and those who live in rural areas so I would encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed or has any information about these rural crimes to come forward and call the line anonymously- your information could be extremely valuable.”

Also this week the Commissioner is spending time with Cumbria Constabulary’s mobile police pod, which is visiting various rural areas across Carlisle such as Hallbankgate, Cumwhinton, Scotby, Roadhead, Irthington, Crosby-on-Eden, Houghton and Rockcliffe. This is part of a community engagement initiative, spending time in a number of locations so rural village residents can meet their local policing team.

Last week the Commissioner joined NFU Northwest, South Lakes Police, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers at J36 Auction Mart Kendal for the launch of the South Lakes and Dales facebook page, set up for reporting rural crime concerns.

Crimestoppers Rural Reporting Line can be contacted by ringing 0800 783 0137 or visiting www.ruralcrimereportingline.uk

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