Criminals warned countryside is out of bounds as signs go up in rural areas

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Efforts to deter criminals from operating in rural areas has been launched in areas of North Yorkshire.

There has recently been an increase in rural crime and Countrywatch warning signs will be appearing across Hambleton and Richmondshire – and will be handed out to landowners, farmers and in communities identified as potential hotspots.

Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership has joined forces with North Yorkshire Police to promote the new initiative, developed by PCSO Gavin Dobson of Richmond Safer Neighbourhood Team.

He said: “There has recently been an increase in rural crime and in turn this has seen an increase in reports and observations of suspicious activity.

“Local communities are now taking an active part in tackling this issue with prompt and detailed reports being passed to the Police. The warning signs have been created to act as a visual deterrent.”

Coun Carl Les, Chair of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Community Safety Partnership added: “We are all working together to reduce rural crime which has been identified not only by the partnership but by the Police and Crime Commissioner as a key priority for our area.”

For more information contact PCSO 5360 Gavin Dobson or PC 391 John Wilbor by calling 101.