Officers continue to raise awareness of rural crime Date published: 3rd September 2015 10.25am

PC Jim Day tackling rural crime100 days of Action on Rural Crime aims to raise awareness of Rural Crime issues, and reduce the number of victims of rural crime throughout Cheshire.

Our rural crime officers are working together with the rural community to make a difference and help reduce rural crime.

Over the weekend Cheshire Constabulary supported the Angling Trust’s Operation Leviathan which is an ongoing operation, up and down the west coast of England, in partnership with multiple police forces and the Environment Agency.

Environment Agency staff have been targeting illegal fishing and fish theft, with the police targeting anti-social behavior and crime in rural communities.

During Operation Leviathan, high visibility patrols were conducted, trespassers removed from private land and a locking knife was seized from a man acting aggressively.

Katy Barton from the Environment Agency said; “This operation has been extremely well supported by the angling clubs and fishing community who were reassured by our presence. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the angling and rural communities for their support.”

Members of the rural community have commented on Cheshire Constabulary’s 100 days of Action Initiative with one member of the rural community saying; “Coming from a farming family in Yorkshire, this type of police support would have been amazing over the years. Poachers cost us a lot of money over time. Well done guys”

And another commenting;

“I think it’s fabulous that you guys are involved in this...EVERY crime creates victims.”

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer reiterates his priority for Rural Crime saying; “Crime affecting rural communities should never be underestimated and is why I have made it a priority in my Police & Crime Plan. Suspicious or unusual activity should never be ignored.”

Chief Inspector Heath, Rural Crime Lead says: “We are specifically highlighting the good work our rural officers already do with this initiative to remind those living in rural areas that we’re not just here for our towns and cities; rural crime is just as important to us.

Feedback from our fishing communities over Operation Leviathan has been greatly received. The actions taken by the Environment Agency against illegal fishing protects the industry as a whole. Law abiding fishermen have also appreciated the police presence and robust action against those causing ASB and illegal activity, which has been highlighted to us as a concern.

Rural Crime has an impact not only on the individual but quite often the case, their livelihoods.”