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Darlington Police praise volunteers helping them to tackle rural crime
POLICE have praised volunteers working with them to crack down on rural crime across the Darlington area.
As previously reported in The Northern Echo, a regional Farmwatch operation held on Thursday, September 4 saw hundreds of volunteers and police officers stake out country roads across the North-East in a bid to catch criminals targeting rural areas.
In Darlington, 25 volunteers worked with a team of eight police officers throughout the night to target suspicious activity and protect their neighbourhoods.
PC Julian Brown, who co-ordinated Darlington’s Farmwatch, said: “This operation was another great example of team work and of police and communities working together to achieve a common, beneficial aim, reducing and targeting crime in the rural areas.
“These networks and on-going relationships are an invaluable resource when we are targeting this sort of crime and I am very grateful for the continuing goodwill and assistance of the Darlington Rural Watch.”
Sergeant Dave Kirton, who also took part in the operation, added: “This is not just about catching criminals, it is also about showing the rural community that we are here and that we care about them.
“We really appreciate the time people give up to help. Some of the volunteers are farmers who have been out on their combines since early morning and they stay with us until after 2am.
“It is good to see people so dedicated to looking after their communities.”
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