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A new campaign, to make rural communities feel safer and less isolated is being launched by the Police and Crime Commissioner in early 2020.

Coinciding with the launch of the PCC’s rural crime strategy, the Rural Focus campaign is aimed at ensuring voices of rural communities are heard, improving the confidence people have in the police and making remote areas feel more connected.

A series of events will be held, across the West Mercia area, where the Commissioner and representatives from his team, will meet with the public on a one to one basis, to discuss any concerns or issues, so action can be taken.

The first event will take place on Friday 3rd January 2020 between 3pm and 5pm at Little Wenlock Village Hall, Malthouse Bank, Telford TF6 5BN.

Commissioner John Campion said “Rural crime has an impact that is more than just financial. It can make people feel isolated and unsafe, affecting the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

As commissioner I want you to be safe and feel safe. This campaign builds on the work I’ve done previously, the investments I’ve made and the feedback I’ve had from you, on the issues that matter the most. I’d encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to have your voice heard at the highest level and to work together to make rural communities safer.”

At each event, there will be valuable crime prevention tips and advice from specialist Rural and Business Officers and local policing teams, as well as the opportunity to collect a free Smartwater crime prevention pack, to protect your home or business.

Follow the campaign on social media: @WestMerciaPCC #RuralFocus

Issued: Wednesday 18th December 2019