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Seven police forces come together for the 22nd time to combat rural crime


Members of Cleveland Police's Operation Checkpoint team with an off-road motorcycle seized in Guisborough Forest

Over 100 officers and volunteers from seven police Forces across the North of England have joined together overnight in a bid to tackle rural crime.

The multi-force operation occurred overnight from Thursday 16th May until early hours of this morning. This involved teams from Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Northumbria and North Yorkshire providing reassurance to those in rural communities by combating criminals who operate between force areas.

Over 90 vehicles were stopped during Operation Checkpoint resulting in five vehicles being seized, two males being reported for Road Traffic Offences, four persons being checked and seven intelligence reports submitted. PCSO’s and the Fire Brigade also dealt with a fire in woodland area in Hartlepool.

The operation also resulted in officers seizing an off road motorbike from Guisborough Woods, gaining positive feedback from the caller who had reported the motorbike issue.

Cleveland Police had over 30 officers from different teams as well as volunteers and staff taking part in the operation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “Operation Checkpoint enables us to work together with other forces to tackle rural crime. This was another successful operation and I’d like to say thank you and well done to everyone involved who worked together to make our rural areas a safer place.

“It is important that we continue to clamp down on crimes in the rural areas by working with other forces, ensuring our rural communities are safe.”

Cleveland Police’s Rural Crime Prevention Officer Paul Payne said: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in Operation Checkpoint as we have yet again had some fantastic results. Around 15-20 farms, rural businesses and reservoirs were visited with positive outcomes, many thanking Police with tackling rural crime.

 “I’d personally like to thank the Cleveland officers, volunteers and staff because as usual they have shown their enthusiasm and continued commitment for tackling rural crime and the problems associated with it of behalf of our rural communities.

“I can also assure you that this is only one operation that we run, with others already planned and executed, such as the recent operation on Eston Hills, where again with all the above and other partner agencies we seized four motorbikes and made one arrest.

“So as you can see we are out there in force using the resources we have to tackle these persons who continue to blight those living, working and visiting out beautiful rural settings.”


Posted on Friday 17th May 2019
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