Cumbria Police seek community help to crackdown on livestock rustling (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Cumbria Police seek community help to crackdown on livestock rustling
6:37am Monday 4th November 2013 in News
CUMBRIA Police have launched a campaign to crackdown on sheep and cattle thefts.
Since 2010, livestock worth £413,530 has been reported stolen from the county's farms - £368,761 of this relating to sheep thefts.
Now officers are seeking the community's help to combat the rustling.
In a campaign being launched today (Monday) Cumbria Police are asking residents in rural communities to report suspicious behavior so they can concentrate resources and make life difficult for thieves.
Today, police officers will begin raising the profile of sheep thefts and speaking to communities about the different ways in which they can report crime.
Temporary Detective Sergeant Andrew Lamb said: “The intelligence we receive from our communities is vital to us in providing them with the best possible service. It is key for us to work together to put a stop to this type of rural crime.
“When people see something out of place or someone acting suspiciously I urge them to contact Cumbria Police through the non-emergency 101 number straight away. This will help us to help protect them, prevent offences and prosecute offenders.
“What we need is to highlight the ways in which people can contact us. An alternative to speaking with police is through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The benefit of this service is that is totally anonymous, free to call from landlines and in certain circumstances you could even receive a reward.”
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