Police forces were encouraged to use the day to carry out activity, including issuing warrants and making arrests. It followed reports showing that rural crime is now costing the UK £44.5m a year, with crime levels up 13.4 per cent year on year.
Rural crimes include large-scale, industrial fly-tipping, livestock theft, and machinery theft. According to Press Association, NFU deputy president Guy Smith said crime levels were taking a toll on those in rural areas. He said: ‘I commend the National Police Chiefs Council for encouraging all of their forces, whether they are rural or urban, to focus on tackling crime in the countryside and I am confident they will have made this day a great success. However, there needs to be this type of focus all year round and that starts at the top with Police and Crime Commissioners.’
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