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AN action plan to fight rural crime has been unveiled by the county’s police leaders.

  • Published: 26-06-2017 at 10:06

AN action plan to fight rural crime has been unveiled by the county’s police leaders.

The new three-year Rural Community Safety Strategy includes a commitment to a special team dedicated to rural crime.

Chief Constable Bill Skelly has “reinvigorated” Operation Galileo and the force will be reinforced with the addition of new 4X4s, quadbikes, drones and a network of new Automatic Number Plate Recognition Network (ANPR).

The new equipment has been provided as a result of funds made available by Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones – who made rural community safety a priority in his four-year crime plan.

The strategy will be unveiled in a meeting with members of the NFU at a meeting today (Mon 26th) near Boston, attended by both the Chief Constable and the commissioner.

“Lincolnshire remains one of the safest counties in the country but we need to work closer with the rural community to ensure people never feel isolated or vulnerable. I have a duty to make sure every resident receives such protection and this is my commitment to those living in the countryside,” said Mr Skelly.

“Criminals also purposefully target vulnerable people with scams on their doorstep believing such crimes are invisible in the countryside.”

Mr Skelly said the investment in new 4x4’s, quadbikes, a drone and night vision would boost “response and intelligence gathering”.

“We are also improving the technology in our Automatic Number Plate Recognition Network (ANPR) so offenders can be more easily traced and by creating a Rural Advisory Group which residents can be a part of, we will benefit from better communication with residents.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones will accompany the Chief Constable to the meeting and said the new strategy has his full backing.

“I am delighted I have been able to make the investment available for a raft of new equipment to help the force in their fight to keep rural communities safe,” Mr Jones said.

“I believe this investment, along with the clear purpose set out in the new strategy, should give our residents confidence that myself and the Chief Constable are doing everything within our power to keep them safe”.

“If we can harness the power of the communities themselves to help in this drive then I am confident we can succeed together.”



Both the Chief Constable and Police and Crime Commissioner will be available after the NFU meeting for interview. The new drone and one of the 4x4 vehicles which will be used to combat hare coursing later in the summer will be on view also.

The meeting with the NFU, which starts at 0830, this MONDAY 26TH JUNE, is private but news organisations wishing to interview the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner are invited to come to the location by 1000 on Monday morning. It is being held at The Granary, Hubberts Bridge, Boston, Lincolnshire PE20 3QP, which is near the Boston West Golf Club where the February meeting was held.

Simon Cotton from the Police HQ press office [07584 618571] and Jon Grubb from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner [07780 953575] will also be in attendance to arrange any interviews – please text either of them to let them know you would like an interview.