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Rural crime targeted through joint operation

Officers from Dorset Police, Hampshire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police have been working together to target rural crime along their shared borders.

On Monday 6 November police officers from the East Dorset and North Dorset section of Dorset Police worked with officers from Hampshire Constabulary and Wiltshire Police in an operation to combat rural crime along their shared borders.

During the latest Operation Shogun, which was held during the afternoon and evening, officers carried out high visibility patrols in order to prevent and detect any potential rural acquisitive crime.

The operation, which covered an area stretching from Alderholt and Fordingbridge to the Blackmore Vale, saw officers speak to local farmers and members of the community to ascertain if they had seen any suspicious vehicles or individuals in the area.

Officers from each force then stop checked these vehicles and any other suspicious vehicles that they found in the area. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) was also used.

Inspector Neil Leat, East Dorset Section Commander, said: “We are looking to tackle acquisitive crime in these rural areas, including the theft of metal and fuel, poaching and other rural burglaries.

“This operation demonstrates a determination by local police forces, our partners and the local community to actively disrupt and prevent crime in our rural communities.

"Robust action will continue to ensure low crime levels are maintained and community concerns are addressed throughout the holiday season."