Barn meet addresses rural crime issues around Royston

PUBLISHED: 17:32 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:32 22 February 2016

Robert Law, North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley, Chief Constable Andy Bliss, North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Duncan Sales, ROST Sergeant Jamie Bartlett and Deputy PCC David Gibson.

Robert Law, North Herts Chief Inspector Julie Wheatley, Chief Constable Andy Bliss, North Herts Safer Neighbourhood Team Inspector Duncan Sales, ROST Sergeant Jamie Bartlett and Deputy PCC David Gibson.

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About 50 people from rural communities had a chance to speak to some of the top cops in the area about how to reduce crime at a barn meet last week.

Members of police spoke about what the force is doing to tackle rural crime and subjects covered included fly tipping, hare coursing, burglary and the safety of rural roads. This was followed by a question and answer session.

Deputy police and crime commissioner David Gibson said: “Rural communities can feel ignored by the police because crime is lower than in urban areas, but I am confident the constabulary is taking rural issues seriously and acknowledging the affect crime has on often isolated communities.”


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