Plans to stop rise in rural crime

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A new scheme to tackle the rise in rural crime in Lancashire has been launched by the police.

Farmers in the county are being asked to add their names to a database designed to assist officers.

The National Farmers Union said it hopes this scheme will help cut rural crime, which cost the county £1.8m last year.

Any farmer taking part will help police by offering to provide expert assistance where officers are called out to cases involving livestock.

John Taylor, NFU’s Lancashire County Chairman said: “The police officer is much better off now with the assistance of a hands-on expert in the form of a farmer.”

For details and to join the database, call NFU Lancashire County Adviser Adam Briggs on 01695 554912.