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Police forces work together to prevent cross-border rural crime

Dorset, Avon and Somerset, and Devon and Cornwall’s police forces took part in an operation last week, aimed at preventing crime along their shared rural border.

Under Operation Shogun, which ran overnight on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 February 2010, police officers from each force stop-checked vehicles travelling along the border, joining west Dorset, east Devon and north Somerset.

Inspector Caroline Naughton, Bridport Section Commander, said: “The nature of the border, being predominantly rural farm land, means that anyone coming into the area looking to commit crime is more than likely to be travelling in a vehicle.

“Therefore, by carrying out stop checks, we not only provide our rural communities in Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne, as well as those in Devon and Somerset, with a highly-visible police presence we also deter criminals from coming into the area.”

During the operation, officers also spoke to community members to ascertain if they had seen any suspicious vehicles in the area.

Inspector Naughton continued: “The information we gathered from residents will help us, and our neighbouring forces, to detect any crime that occurs along the border even more effectively in the future.

“If a theft from a farm were to occur close to the forces’ border, for example, the idea is that as a result of the information we’ve gathered, we would be more likely to be able to apprehend an offender.”

The forces will continue to work on collaborative operations, like Operation Shogun, in the future.