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West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has commended the work of South Worcestershire Rural Watch and the effect the scheme has had on tackling rural crime in the local community.

Over a third of West Mercia residents live in a rural area and, for the PCC, tackling rural crime continues to be a priority. The PCC, along with local police officers and South Worcestershire’s Rural and Business Officer, has been instrumental in encouraging communities to get involved in the scheme and work alongside West Mercia Police to help keep themselves safe and connected.

South Worcestershire’s Rural Watch group has been responsible for providing the force with information that has led to the recovery of nine items of stolen property and five arrests.

PCC John Campion said: ““I know that sometimes rural communities feel isolated and have the perception of being forgotten. As Commissioner I promised to tackle rural crime and the devastating effect it can have. It is great to see the positive impact South Worcestershire’s Rural Watch scheme has had and these results are a credit to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved.

“I will continue to work with both West Mercia Police, as well as local communities and businesses to ensure action is taken where necessary to ultimately make sure rural communities are protected. I would encourage members of the public to get involved in the scheme or contact Mick Simpson, Rural and Business Officer for South Worcestershire, for more information.”

Issued on: Thursday 16th April 2020