Warwickshire Police has announced the launch of the first Warwickshire Rural Crime Team dedicated to reducing rural crime across the county. The role of the team is to deliver the Rural Crime Strategy which focusses on the significant issues affecting farmers, businesses and rural communities such as livestock offences, Op Hillman to address the theft and illegal butchery of sheep, acquisitive crime such as the theft of farm machinery, plant and machinery, to the issue of fly tipping. The team will work closely with the other teams within Warwickshire Police to support them in tackling some of these issues. Each officer will have geographical ownership of a part of Warwickshire. Their first priority will be to start building up links with the rural community, developing relationships and recognising where we need to address emerging trends in line with our strategy.
The team consists of Sgt Bob Shaw, PC Andy Timmins, PC Kate Taylor, PC Craig Purcell, PC Andy King and RCO Carol Cotterill.