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Horsewatch launch

A Cumbria Horsewatch scheme has been set up by the Horsewatch Co-ordinator Nigel Sutcliffe, from the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team. Nigel has a keen interest in horses and has drawn on his own experiences and the experiences of similar UK schemes.

Joiners of Horsewatch will gain access to information, such as an incident and crime alerts and crime prevention advice. The scheme will be administered through Cumbria Community Messaging. You can register free online at the Cumbria Police website.

Nigel said: “Policing rural areas is very challenging and we require our local communities help. The aim of Horsewatch is to offer advice and guidance to all those involved in equestrian pursuits as well as presenting a united front against such criminal activity.”

Sergeant John Stephens, of the Kendal Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Rural crime, including crime against the equine community, is on the increase. The fact that rural communities are isolated and the price commanded by animals and associated equipment is very high makes such criminal activity very lucrative. Criminals will often travel the length and breadth of the country to steal and then dispose of their ill-gotten gains.”

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes said: “I am really pleased to see this scheme being introduced in Cumbria. Rural crime impacts upon local communities in many ways, so any initiative that helps to reduce the risk of people becoming a victim of crime is to be welcomed. By following the Horsewatch advice and taking positive action, horse owners can make it as difficult as possible for potential offenders to succeed.”

The launch is at 10am on Wednesday, April 9, at Bigland Hall Riding Centre, Backbarrow, Cumbria. LA1 8PB. The team will be available up to 12pm to give advice to anybody that is interested in joining the scheme. For further information about Horsewatch in Cumbria, Cumbria Community Messaging and discounted security products, go to the Cumbria Police website or contact Nigel Sutcliffe by e mail at


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