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The Constabulary is working closely with its partners and communities to tackle Rural & Environmental crime. Across the county a network of officers have volunteered to be Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers (RECLOs). Together they provide specialist support to colleagues and a vital link to rural, often isolated communities, where the impact of crime can have a significant impact on livelihoods and quality of life. Being actively involved with rural communities through the Rural Watch scheme, the RECLO network is constantly increasing its knowledge of criminal activity in the countryside which is often linked to organised crime groups.
The force has a full time Rural and Environmental Crime Officer, PS Simon Clemett. Part of Simon's role is to coordinate the force's response.
The following list of Rural and Environmental Crime Liaison Officers are below:
|DI Sue Bradshaw||Senior Rural and Environmental Crime Officer|
|PS 1256 Simon Clemett||Force Rural Environmental Crime Officer|
|245263 Mark Robson||Contact Management|
|Ms 244345 Vicky Parker||Contact Management|
|PC 288 Brian Howard||Forest of Dean LPA|
|PC 716 Rob Dix||Forest of Dean LPA|
|PCSO Pete Timmins||Forest of Dean LPA|
|PCSO 9125 Mike Shuttleworth||Forest of Dean LPA|
|PC 695 Mel Campbell||Dursley LPA|
|PS 697 Matt Dadge||Gloucester LPA|
|PCSO 9114 Christine White||Cheltenham LPA|
|PC Madia Shute||Stroud LPA|
|PCSO 9107 Colin Drewett||Stroud LPA|
|PC 1886 Kelly Akers||Stroud LPA|
|PC 1922 Sarah Sceats||Tewkesbury LPA|
|PCSO Jenny Norris||Tewkesbury LPA|
|PC 1817 Di Butler||Tewkesbury LPA|
|PC 2074 Cindy Golledge||Tewkesbury LPA|
|PC 714 Robin Guest||Tewkesbury LPA|
|PS 745 Garrett Gloyn||Cotswolds LPA|
|PS Rich Payne||Cotswolds LPA|
|PC 2007 Neil Lightfoot||Cotswolds LPA|
|PC 2221 Leah Davis||Cotswolds LPA|
|DC Mark Vaughan||CID|
Local Policing Area (LPA)
Herd the one about the stolen tractor? New Crimestoppers rural crime campaign
Crimestoppers is teaming up with local volunteer committees, law enforcement agencies and rural partners across the country to launch an innovative, social media campaign to help fight the crimes that affect the livelihood and stability of our rural communities.
This campaign urges the public to help protect our precious rural communities from the damaging effects of crime. Rural theft cost the UK an estimated £42.3m in 2012 and can have far reaching consequences for communities in terms of the impact that this can have on the food chain, deliveries and supermarket prices.
The ‘Scene it. Herd it. Speak up about it. Anonymously’ message will predominantly be spread via social media using Facebook, Twitter and local alert systems in order to reach deep into rural communities. The public will be directed to a webpage which discusses aspects of rural crime such as poaching, hare-coursing, theft of oil, metal and machinery, and highlights what we need to look out for and how to safely give information anonymously via Crimestoppers. The charity will also be hosting a blog which can be found at www.blog.crimestoppers-uk.org that will see contributions from those affected by and tackling rural crime.
The charity will raise awareness of rural crime issues by utilising the positive relationships it has with a number of partners as well as important organisations with a rural interest such as the National Farmers’ Union, English Heritage, the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) - and of course local police.
“Crime affecting rural communities should never be underestimated; it can have a devastating impact on people and businesses,” commented Chief Constable Simon Prince, Dyfed-Powys Police, National Policing Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime. “Criminals target isolated areas and hard to protect buildings looking for easily saleable items such as metal, gardening and agricultural machinery. By appealing for more eyes and ears across the countryside, telling the public what signs to look for and urging them to contact the Crimestoppers anonymous service, we can tackle these criminal gangs head on.”
A survey undertaken by NFU Mutual in 2012 found that an estimated 70% of rural crimes are planned which means that someone, somewhere, knows who is behind these distressing crimes, which amongst other things, deprive farm businesses of valuable equipment and livestock, as well as damaging churches and historic buildings.
Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, Roger Critchell, added: “No-one has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers as you will remain anonymous – no personal information is taken. Calls are not traced or recorded and you will not have to go to court or give a statement to the police. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity.”
Anyone with information or suspicions concerning criminal activity in the rural community should ring the Crimestoppers' national 24/7 telephone number on 0800 555 111 or contact the charity via our Anonymous Online Form.