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Police in Shropshire launch new rural watch scheme

By Deborah Hardiman | Mid Wales | Crime | Published:

Shropshire residents are being urged to lend a hand with a new community watch scheme designed for rural areas.

Graham Donaldson

This week is National Wildlife and Rural Crime Week with a host of initiatives taking place throughout the county and in Mid Wales.

In Shropshire the police are launching Rural Watch which sees communities work together to tackle rural issues.

The aim is to encourage the public to be more vigilant and to report any suspicious activity or anything that seems out of the ordinary.

Under the scheme residents will work alongside police to help police gather information and intelligence.

Shropshire Rural and Business Officer, Graham Donaldson, said: “The benefit of a watch scheme is the intelligence gathered and reported by the local community.

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“Good intelligence can aid investigations and potentially result in disrupting criminals, such as seizing a vehicle with no insurance or the effective use of police powers of stop and search.

“The public know the communities they live in better than anyone, and will usually notice suspicious behaviour.

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"Without the reporting of suspicious circumstances or crimes, it is difficult for the police to identify or tackle problem areas.

“I would encourage anyone who is interested in setting up a scheme in their local area to get in contact with me and we can discuss this in more detail.”

For more details email graham.donaldson2261853@westmercia.pnn.police.co.uk.

Dyfed-Powys Police’s rural crime teams are also tackling ongoing issues as part of a national week of action against rural crime from October 6-12.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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