CLA raises rural crime matters with Suffolk Police

CLA Surveyor Tim Woodward met with new rural crime Sgt Chris Green
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Representatives from the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) have met with the new rural crime lead at Suffolk Police to raise some of the key issues facing rural businesses in the county.

Sgt Chris Green took up the post in March, replacing Sgt Brian Calver who has moved to another role having overseen rural policing for more than six years.

Sgt Green, who was joined by his colleague Inspector Claire Simons, met with CLA East Surveyor Tim Woodward and CLA Suffolk Branch President Graham Downing.

Topics covered included fly-tipping, theft of farm machinery and GPS equipment, burglaries, hare coursing and general farm security.

CLA Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “Many of our members have concerns over rural crime and are often victims so it is crucial for us to develop relationships with the police so that we can raise any issues they have. It was an extremely constructive meeting and we will continue to have regular contact with Sgt Green and his colleagues to ensure rural crime is a priority for the force.”

A recent report from Durham University, commissioned by the National Rural Crime Network, claimed many crimes are committed by ‘prolific rural offenders’, rather than opportunistic individuals, who intentionally victimise rural communities in multiple ways, including through violence and intimidation, during long and sustained criminal careers.

Tim Woodward added: “This report demonstrates why it is so important for the police to take rural crime seriously. Well-established criminal gangs are dumping huge quantities of waste; coursing and poaching; stealing machinery and often moving it abroad – this is not small-scale or opportunistic crime.”

As part of its Rural Powerhouse campaign, the CLA has launched a series of 'missions' which are designed to help the political parties understand what policies will be necessary to achieve this potential. One of these 'missions' focuses on rural crime and can be found here >