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Partners head for the hills to tackle rural crime

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         Partners head for the hills to tackle rural crime
Cleveland Police officers, volunteers and the force’s Rural Crime Prevention Officer took part in another rural operation on Saturday (15th June).
The operation was in response to on-going issues with motorbikes, quad bikes and 4x4s on Eston Hills and, on this occasion, in Guisborough woods
Members of the public continue to report their concerns, and Rural Crime Prevention Officer Paul Payne responds to this either with follow-up crime prevention visits or organising operations such as these to tackle burglaries, antisocial behaviour, criminal damage, poaching and fire setting - in  partnership with Cleveland Fire Brigade.
We also made use of two drones, giving us a bird’s eye view and the opportunity to guide the Motorcycle Section and officers to any potential suspects.  Using drones means we can use the on-board camera capability to record any crime taking place for evidential value - should any court prosecutions be brought.
We caught and spoke with a man who was riding an off road vehicle near Flatts Lane. This man also had no insurance on the van he arrived in and our Motorcycle Unit issued a £50.00 fixed penalty notice (FPN) for having no tax, a Traffic Offence Report for having no insurance and issued a summons to court, as well as a Section 59 notice.
The day involved a lot of community engagement with participants talking to horse riders, dog walkers, families out enjoying the countryside and woods and landowners and farmers. 
All were very positive about our efforts, with everyone appreciating the proactive work and effort involved in tackling rural crime in the Cleveland force area.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “It’s been very encouraging to see an increase in operational action in the rural areas of Cleveland over the past few months.
“Our rural communities can feel particularly vulnerable to criminal behaviour and it’s important that agencies work with the community to build relationships and share information to bring offenders to justice.”
Rural Crime Prevention Officer Paul Payne added: “As our rural communities are experiencing continued problems on a regular basis, Cleveland Police takes this kind of activity extremely seriously and with the help of police officers from our Motorcycle section, local PCSOs, the Special Constabulary, our rural volunteers and of course the drone unit, we will continue to take positive action to help our rural communities feel more secure in their homes, picturesque communities and their businesses. 
“This is just a taste of things to come; we will build on this weekend’s operation and the many others that have gone before. So if you are thinking of illegally riding, poaching or setting fires in these area and others across Cleveland then I advise you keep looking over your shoulders and into the skies, as you never know where or when we will be watching you. 
“We are ready to arrest and seize your vehicles on behalf of residents in Cleveland and with our policing partners on our borders with North Yorkshire and Durham. I’d also like to say a special thank you to The Friends of Eston Hills who continue to support us and continue to part of the Eston Hills task force, and whose passion for the Eston Hills and local communities is contagious.
“If you would like to help us protect our rural spaces and be our ‘Eyes and Ears’ then please sign up to our Rural Watch scheme via and click on the rural watch section, where I’ll keep you up to date with what we are doing in your areas, and any information on any suspicious activity that you need to be aware of. Also please follow us on Twitter: @ClevelandRural “

Regards Paul Payne
Crime Crime Prevention Officer

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