Rural crime in sights of new network

North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, who has become chairman of the new National Rural Crime Network.
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, who has become chairman of the new National Rural Crime Network.
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North Yorkshire Police has signed up to a national scheme aimed at deterring criminals who prey on rural communities.

The Home Office has awarded almost £40,000 to the new National Rural Crime Network (NRCN), which will act as a collaborative think tank to research and implement ways of reducing rural crime. It is backed by 28 Police and Crime Commissioners across England and Wales, including North Yorkshire’s Julia Mulligan who will chair the initiative.

The Network will also provide online support for communities by encouraging direct interaction between businesses, organisations and the police.

Mrs Mulligan said: “The impact of rural crime can be greater on those unlucky victims in rural locations. This Network ensures we give these crimes the focus and attention they deserve.”