Specialist training for rural policing

Police officers are trained on how to tackle rural crime at Wilsons Farming in Samlesbury. (s)
Police officers are trained on how to tackle rural crime at Wilsons Farming in Samlesbury. (s)
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People involved in the theft of plant machinery across the borough had better think again now more officers have been trained to spot stolen or cloned plant machinery.

Officers from across Lancashire have been on a special training course designed to help them recognise tell-tale signs that might indicate a piece of machinery is stolen.

Lancashire is not a soft touch – we have big expanses of rural areas to look after and we are really keen on cracking down on this, we are going to be it making very hard for those criminals insistent on committing this type of crime

Rural Crime and Wildlife Co-ordinator

The training, organised by the Constabulary, took place on site at Wilson’s Farming in Samlesbury by kind permission of the owner, Harry Wilson. Various machines including tractors, excavators and tandem rollers were available for the officers to examine so they know what to look for when they come across vehicles they suspect as being stolen.

Both the practical and the classroom training sessions were led by DC Chris Pigott from the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) and Clive Harris from NFU Mutual. Chris and Clive are specialists in this field and deliver this training to police forces across the country.

Lorraine Ellwood, who is Rural Crime and Wildlife Co-ordinator for the Constabulary, said: “It is the first time we have had training in Lancashire on this scale and it is something we will look to continue doing.

“It is really important that as many officers as possible are trained in what to look for when they stop vehicles and to be able to recognise tell-tale signs that all might not be as it seems.

“Lancashire is not a soft touch – we have big expanses of rural areas to look after and we are really keen on cracking down on this, we are going to be it making very hard for those criminals insistent on committing this type of crime. We are not sitting back – we are doing something about it.”

Harry Wilson, owner of Wilson’s Farming and host for the training, said: “We were really happy to accommodate the training as it is beneficial for everyone.

“It’s really important that we, as people working in agriculture, understand that the police have a job to do and how we can help them to do that by taking preventative measures and doing what we can to keep our equipment secure and identifiable.