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RURAL CRIME UPDATE Jumbo success leads to new Rural watch Operation Jumbo was a special Police Operation to clamp down on all forms of rural crime. In a ten day period at the end of November 21 people were arrested and 9 vehicles were seized because they had been used to commit crime. Many of the vehicles stopped were from outside the area and known to be linked to organised rural crime which is on the increase. Tractors are worth more than up-market 4x4’s, and theft of both has been

increasing in the area. There are other attractive items for thieves such as quad bikes and farm machinery. Livestock has also been killed and butchered by poachers. This is all in addition to our ongoing problem of hare coursing and hunting deer with dogs. To combat this type of crime a new Rural Watch scheme is being set up. It will be run on similar lines to the Neighbourhood watch scheme but will be more focussed on farms, stables and farmland. It will have an e-mail update service and a text message service to keep people informed

3 men arrested in Hillam, Range Rover seized. Three occupants of a Range Rover were arrested in Hillam on 17 January after the men had been seen fleeing from a badgers set near to Gateforth. The vehicle had been seen by the Rural watch team on previous occasions and details of the vehicle had already been circulated to members of the scheme. The vehicle was reported when it was seen by a Rural Watch member who was driving round the area where they knew that the badger set was located. We also understand that the men who were arrested were wanted by West Yorkshire police in connection with other serious offences.

and to give information about suspicious activity and vehicles to watch for. To join the scheme you should contact: laura.simpson There are already 190 registered members of Rural watch and it is their diligence and observational skills which has led directly to the success of Jumbo. While Jumbo led to a record number of arrests, it has not completely solved the problem so other Jumbo operations will be run from time to time. Another will commence shortly.

Fly Tipping on Stocking Lane On the night of 21 January somebody drove a large vehicle down Stocking Lane, Hillam and tipped a large pile of rubbish in the road. The rubbish included an old TV set, a large armchair and also boxes of business papers. It was a large pile and it completely blocked the road close to where it ends. No doubt somebody had been paid for the disposal of the rubbish and rather than taking it to a Council tip they pocketed all the money and chose a road near to Hillam to dump the rubbish. A white Ford Transit tipper truck with a black back had been seen nearby a few days previously. If you have seen anything suspicious please report it to the police who are treating this as a crime. Let us all hope that this is not the start of a new trend in the area.

Hillam News Feb March 2010  
Hillam News Feb March 2010