Commissioner praises rural crime crackdown14 September, 2016
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has praised the work of police after stolen property was recovered and one man arrested during an operation to tackle rural crime in the county.
More than 100 vehicles were checked over the course of a two-day operation to clamp down on the theft of plant and farm equipment.
The Commissioner visited a check-site in Kirkham to see the work being done by local officers and special constables to disrupt the movement of stolen machinery.
He said: “I was pleased to see the hard work of police officers, supported by special constables, to disrupt the movement of stolen plant machinery in Lancashire.
“Rural crime can have a huge impact on victims and that is why I am supporting Lancashire Constabulary to help tackle this issue and build safer rural communities by working closely with the people who live and work here.
“This work depends on the support and cooperation of the public so I am grateful for the patience of all the drivers who were stopped during these checks, which are an important part of the effort to keep Lancashire safe.”
During the operation, a 48-year-old man was arrested under warrant for failing to appear at court. A stolen plate compactor was also recovered.
In addition, seven vehicles were issued with immediate prohibitions and 32 vehicles were given prohibition notices for a variety of offences including defective brakes and tyres. Officers also issued 12 fixed penalty notices.
Sgt Dylan Hrynkow said: “The theft of plant, farming and equine property has a huge impact on victims. Not only is the equipment typically high value but it can affect the victim’s livelihood.
“We are keen to run these operations to disrupt the movement of stolen plant and farm equipment and target suspected offenders.
“We want to work with rural communities to prevent and detect crime and I would ask anyone who has any suspicions about stolen plant and machinery or illegal activity in our rural communities to report it. I would also remind people to lock and secure their machinery to deter thieves.”
You can report suspicious behavior to Lancashire Constabulary by calling 101. Reports of crime can also be made via the website – www.lancashire.police.uk