Sherborne operation targets rural crime to improve community safety

Officers from Dorset Police have carried out an operation in the rural areas of Sherborne in order to address issues of rural crime.

Under Operation Shogun, on the evening of Monday 8 November officers from Sherborne carried out high visibility patrols in order to prevent and detect rural acquisitive crime in the area.

Officers liaised with local farmers and other members of the community as they stopped any suspicious vehicles found in the area.

As part of the operation, two men were arrested on suspicion of going equipped to steal. They were a 37-year-old man and a 41-year-old man, both from the Bristol area.

Both have been released on bail and are assisting the police with their enquiries.

Inspector Les Fry, Dorchester & Sherborne Section Commander, said: “Information that we gather from our residents helps us to detect any potential crime more effectively.

“During this operation a number of local farmers were in direct communication with officers providing a link between police and the farming community.

“The arrests were made as a direct result of this communication as officers were alerted and directed to a suspicious vehicle in the area.

“This operation has shown the great results that can be achieved by Dorset Police, our partners and the community by all working together.

“We are committed to reducing crime in these rural areas and further operations are planned in the run up to Christmas as we look to robustly police and deal with those who target our rural communities.”

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