Fighting rural crime the theme of this year’s CLA marquee at South of England Show, with Sussex Police talk and drone demo

07 May 2019

Fighting rural crime the theme of this year’s CLA marquee at South of England Show

Rural crime is a considerable blight on the lives of many in the county – but the CLA and Sussex Police are teaming up to fight back at the South of England Show next month.

The CLA, which represents thousands of farmers, landowners and rural businesses, will once again have a central marquee at one of the biggest rural shows in the region, which runs from 6 June to 8 June at the showground in Ardingly.

CLA South East is delighted to have members of the Sussex Police team speaking on our stand from 8am on 6 June. They are also due to give demonstrations of some of their equipment, including a drone.

The CLA is about to publish a ‘rural crime document’, as part of the organisation’s ongoing efforts to focus attention on the issue. The document is based on an analysis of how different police forces tackle rural crime across England and Wales, with the aim of promoting best practice and sharing ways of working.

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CLA South East Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “We appreciate that police have a range of significant pressures and want to ensure that tackling rural crime such as fly-tipping, hare coursing and machinery theft remains a top priority.

“Sussex Police is already doing many positive things when it comes to fighting rural crime, and we’re delighted that officers will be giving us an update on their latest projects and initiatives.

“All crime can have a serious impact on its victims, and is a burden on rural communities with both economic and social impacts.”

CLA Director General Sarah Hendry will also be speaking on the stand on 6 June, while talks on succession and opportunities for young farmers and the next generation will be delivered by our show partners Warners Solicitors and Batcheller Monkhouse at a breakfast event on 7 June.

The CLA will also be hosting awards honouring rural success stories at a drinks reception on the afternoon of 6 June, with the President’s Cup, Sussex Young Farmer of the Year and Woodpecker trophy all to be presented.

Media are welcome to attend any of the events, including the police talk and demo, and awards presentation. Please email for more information.

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