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Rural crime conference

Registration is now open for the 2013 Regional Rural Crime conference, at Gisborough Hall on Monday, November 11. Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger and his Durham counterpart, Ron Hogg, will speak at the event about their views and pledges of action to combat rural crime and antisocial behaviour, examples of what works in crime prevention and the range of services working on rural crime issues including the Rural Crime Network, the Regional Equine Group and the Countryside Alliance.

Building on the themes of the Regional Rural Crime conference held in 2012 in Durham, this year’s conference aims to update rural and farming communities on progress over the past 12 months. There will be a range of exhibitors at the event, which is being sponsored by the National Farmers Union.

There will also be an opportunity for delegates to provide feedback on what has changed over the past twelve months and to express opinions on future action to be taken.

Barry Coppinger said: “I am delighted to be taking part in the rural crime conference once again. We have seen some brilliant progress over the last twelve months in terms of how we work together with other forces and how we work in partnership with local residents and farmers and it has been fantastic to see them giving their vital assistance and views at many local operations, events and meetings. I am very happy with the way things have advanced and we will continue with our work to further develop our response to rural crime.”

Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Durham force, said: “The response to rural crime in Durham Constabulary relies heavily upon the involvement of local communities. I hope that an outcome of the conference will be enhanced cross-border police cooperation, which will more effectively tackle rural crime and improve the service to our rural communities.”

Inspector Dan Maddison, organiser and rural crime lead for Cleveland Police, said: “At the 2012 conference the personal stories from the rural and farming communities were moving and it was recognised that there was more needed to be done for those communities.

“Since the 2012 conference, rural crime officers have been appointed and a nominated lead officer has been selected for each area, one of whom gained an award for Police Officer of the Year, in part for the work she has done in improving the service given to rural communities. We have also worked together with other forces in the region on a number of large scale operations which have yielded some fantastic results.”

In the early hours of Friday 6th September three suspected poachers were arrested on land close to a farm in the Guisborough area by roads policing officers and rural crime officers after allegedly threatening a gamekeeper, driving at his vehicle and removing a fence in an attempt to escape from officers.

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