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Rural crime team at work in Eston Hills area

Alert message sent 18/03/2021 11:20:00

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Our rural crime team have been working with the residents of farms in the Eston Hills area to tackle problems with off road vehicles and associated antisocial behaviour.

The team provided large concrete blocks to physically prevent off road bikes, quads and 4x4s, from accessing farmland. This process is known as ‘target hardening’ and aims to reduce the likelihood of land being accessed to cause criminal damage and antisocial behaviour.

Installing the blocks is the latest move in an ongoing partnership with landowners, rural communities and other partners, such as The Friends of Eston Hills, who want to protect the Eston Hills area.

Cleveland Police’s Rural Crime Prevention Officer Paul Payne, said: “I would like to thank Seymour Civil Engineering for supplying the blocks, worth more than £700, free of charge. The company have helped us in the past and continue to be involved in projects to give something back to our communities.

“I’m grateful to Karel Simpson, who is the lead for our rural volunteers, and organised the process of the blocks being delivered, working with local landowners to help install them in the most appropriate locations.

“This is an ongoing project which has seen a great deal of effort, resources and funding delivered to help stop those individuals who would try to spoil our amazing hills.

“The Friends of Eston Hills have been a key partner and supporter and with their help and the assistance of volunteers and other partners we want to ensure this area of natural beauty is a safer place to enjoy for all.”

“If you have any information on misuse of off road vehicles in this area or know where bikes or quads are being stored then please contact Cleveland Police on 101.

“Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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