Members took the opportunity to raise their frustration about a rise in usage of off-road vehicles on private land. This includes youths tearing up crop fields on quadbikes and off-road motorcycles; offenders are also seen riding unlicenced vehicles on the public highway. Riders are fearless and brazen and bursting with confidence that they will go unchallenged.
Bordered by four other police forces, Durham is often challenged by cross border criminality and Joy took the opportunity to highlight the work she is doing with other forces across the UK as defined in her Police and Crime Plan.
Libby also highlighted the new powers in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act to better tackle the problem of hare coursing and urged Joy to ensure police officers and call handlers were trained in the delivery of these new powers.