Rural partners have come together once again to re-affirm their commitment to tackling crime and supporting communities.
Alongside Northumbria Police, Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, Northumberland National Park, Forestry Commission, Mountain Rescue and Northumberland Country Council have been working together to create a multi-agency holistic approach to tackle rural crime and ensure communities remain supported and listened to.
In recent months, extensive work has been carried out, including partnership meetings, joint operations that proactively target suspected rural crime activity and community events to engage with the public and highlight key concerns and issues.
This has been part of the commitment from all parties to continue to support communities and adapt working to provide extra resilience during the response to Covid-19.
Recent weeks has seen multiple successes when investigating crime trends more common in rural areas including farm machinery thefts, burglaries, anti-social behaviour and poaching.
Police have also been working closely with partner forces to share best practice and intelligence on live investigations.
There has also been ongoing work to address anti-social behaviour, dangerous campfires and parked vehicles blocking roads.
Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton (pictured), Area Commander for Northumbria Police, has praised the multi-agency approach and warns anyone found involved in rural criminal activity will see the full extent of resources come down on them.
She said: “The work between partners has been vital. I can’t stress how valuable working together has been for everyone involved.
“Everything we have achieved has only been possible through having a consistent source of support, resources and intelligence from everyone to ensure we can all deliver continue to deliver the best service possible to the communities we serve.
“Rural policing comes with varied challenges unseen in our more built up urban areas and we work hard to adapt our response in order to appropriately support the needs of residents in these more isolated areas.
“As Covid-19 restrictions change we will also be engaging with visitors to rural areas to ensure they understand their responsibility regarding anti-social behaviour, taking their litter home, closing gates behind them to prevent livestock escaping and to warn them that trespassing and disorder of any kind will not be tolerated.
“Our magnificent countryside is a place for everyone to enjoy and we, alongside our partners, will continue to work hard to make sure this remains the case.”
Pauline Wall, Director of Park Management at Northumberland National Park Authority said: “We are proud to support Northumbria Police in helping to reduce rural crime. We know the devastating impact that such crimes can have in our communities and across our landscape, and we are committed to working with all our partners to keep this devastation to a minimum.
"We continue to ask people to be responsible and considerate when they visit to ensure that the unique and special qualities of Northumberland National Park can be enjoyed by all.”
Anyone with any concerns should visit Northumbria Police’s website for information on a range of topics and guidance on how to report crimes. Always dial 999 in an emergency.