Volunteer car patrols to tackle rural crime in North Yorkshire

Volunteers in Selby have been handed the keys to a new rural crime car to allow them to patrol isolated areas and report suspicious activity to the police.

The car was presented to volunteers at Eggborough Police Station last week and is funded by Selby Community Safety Partnership, Nothern Power Grid and Selby Community Engagement Forum.

Inspector Richard Abbott, of North Yorkshire Police’s Partnership Hub, said: “It has always been the case that in isolated rural areas residents play an important role as the police’s eyes and ears.

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“People in isolated communities know their area better than anyone and they know if something is unusual or out of place.

“The new rural crime car will offer an even greater presence in those rural locations and give us even more chance of catching up with criminals who may prey on our rural communities.

“I would like to thank all the agencies who have contributed to the cost of the new rural crime car. I am convinced it will help to make a difference to residents and businesses in Selby District and is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when we all work together.”

The car patrols began on Friday, December 19.