Humberside Police are committed to the policing of wildlife & rural crime. To support this, a week-long campaign to engage with rural communities, reduce crime and create safer communities will take place from 14 – 22 July 2018.
This year we are being supported by Chris Chittell who is well known as Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard. Chris said, “Due to some of my past storylines I have had to do a lot of research around crime and its effects. I lend my full support to the police in their work, particularly with regards to rural crime matters.”
Community police officers from across our area will be holding events throughout the week. Officers will be at stands at local shows and events including Crowle Show on Sunday 15 July and Driffield Show on Wednesday 18 July well as making farm visits and hosting pop-up surgeries in villages to speak to people about rural crime and raise awareness of the issues faced by our rural communities.
Wildlife and Rural Crime Officer, Brandon Ward said, “We are committed to dealing with the challenges of rural crime and working with partners to prevent this type of crime from occurring.”
“Investigating and dealing with a crime in a rural area can be very different to dealing with a crime in an urban area. The issues and challenges can be quite different, as can the type of offences themselves.
“We have trained over 40 Wildlife Crime Officers (WCOs) in how to deal with many of these offences and as part of our ongoing commitment every Community Beat Manager and dedicated Police Community Support Officer covering a rural area will receive training. They in turn can help their colleagues in the correct way to deal with wildlife and rural crimes.”
‘Protecting our wildlife and preventing wildlife crime is my priority and I will do everything in my power to stop people committing this barbaric offence.’PC Brandon Ward – Humberside Police Wildlife and Rural Crime officer
Between August 2017 and April 2018 Humberside Police ran a very successful operation, (Operation Galileo) in partnership with neighbouring forces targeting poachers and hare coursers. We used a variety of tactics and legislation to deal with this issue and 65 different people were dealt with, many of whom were reported for criminal offences as well as having vehicles and other equipment seized from them. Criminal Behaviour orders have also been granted by the courts in several of these cases.
Brandon Ward again, “So what is a ‘rural crime’, well it is a crime like any other such as burglary, theft or arson, but that happens in a rural location, in addition to these it includes wildlife crimes such as hare coursing, badger baiting, poaching, heritage crime, livestock injury or theft, to name but a few.
“When crime occurs in a rural location it can have a major impact on the victim. It can impact their livelihood and their ability to do business. It also creates a fear of crime in isolated locations and a feeling of being cut off from support.
“We have organised a variety of events throughout the East Riding, North and North East Lincolnshire so that people can have an opportunity to meet officers and to speak to them about things that matter to them.”
“Officers are at these events to give out crime prevention advice and get to know the people they serve. They are there to help people on how best to protect themselves and to listen to their concerns”.
“I would encourage anyone to go along to these events and see what we can do together to help prevent crime.”
Humberside Police would like to ask residents, whether from the farming community or not, to keep their eyes open and report anything suspicious by calling the non-emergency number 101. If someone sees a crime in progress always call 999.
Our officers will be at the following locations:
Sat 14 July – Cranswick Farm Shop
Sun 15 July – Crowle Show
Wed 18 July – Driffield Show
Frid 20 July – Village pop-up events Immingham / Scartho
Sat 21 July – Village pup-up events Immingam / Scartho
Sat 21 July – Bishop Wilton Show
Sun 22 July – Pop-up event Hessle
If you are not able to make any of these events our officers will be doing farm visits and other pop-up events throughout the week and we have crime prevention advice and help on our website on the following link: RURAL CRIME