Police in North Herts carried out an operation earlier this month to tackle rural crime in Ashwell, Hinxworth, Therfield and Kelshall.

Safer Neighbourhood Team officers were joined by colleagues from the Rural Operational Support Team as they carried out patrols on Saturday, August 5.

Royston Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team PC Tom Woollard, who organised the operation, said: "This was run because the farmers are starting to bring the harvest in and this in turn coincides with an increase in rural crime such as hare coursing and the theft of plant and farm machinery.

"The operation went really well and despite the torrential rain, our high visibility presence meant that we were able to deter any criminality whilst at the same time touching base with our rural and farming communities to engage and reassure.


"This certainly was not a one off with regular patrols and engagement events carried out with the rural communities across the county."

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