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Crackdown on East Lancashire rural crime
12:44pm Monday 14th October 2013 in East Lancashire
A CRACKDOWN on rural crime is set to get under way this week across East Lancashire.
The operation, codenamed Firecrest III, will begin today and will see officers conducting extra patrols, targeting suspected offenders, making visits to farms and rural businesses to offer crime prevention advice and hosting community meetings.
Throughout this week, wildlife officers and representatives from the Environment Agency, United Utilities and HMRC will carry out enforcement activity including anti-poaching patrols, warrants and checks on places like scrap metal yards and auction markets.
Roadside checks will also be conducted to identify travelling criminals.
While countryside thefts have dropped by almost 20 per cent in a year, rural crime still cost Lancashire £1,300,000 in 2012.
Det Supt Andy Webster said: “Fortunately rural crime is relatively low in Lancashire but whilst the number of offences is small, the value of items stolen can be significant.”
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