Staffordshire farmers call for action following 18 rural crimes reported in six months

Staffordshire farmers met with local police officers, demanding tougher action after 18 crimes were reported in just one area of the county in six months.

Staffordshire farmers met with local police officers, demanding tougher action after 18 crimes were reported in the county in six months.

The rural crime meeting took place on 15th March and was hosted by farmer and businesswoman Eunice Finney of Stowe-by-Chartley, whose business was targeted by rural criminals at least six times in six months.

This includes her Hereford-cross calves being slaughtered in fields, the theft of five pygmy goats, a quad bike, tools and other equipment, as well as a nighttime trespass.

Ms Finney was joined by Sir Gavin Williamson, south Staffordshire MP, Staffordshire Police chief superintendent Emily Clarke, NFU Staffordshire chairman Paul Brown and Barbara Hurdle, Stowe-by-Chartley parish council chairwoman.

Victims of rural crime

Over 50 farmers and industry representatives attended the meeting, with most having been victims of crime in the past few months.

The rural crimes ranged from illegal livestock butchering, anti-social behaviour, and vehicle damage to equipment and fuel theft.

Despite setting up alarms, trackers and heavy-duty doors and locks, farmers said they still fear the criminals could return.

NFU Staffordshire chairman Paul Brown, who farms near Eccleshall, criticised a “perceived lack” of follow-up from the police. He added that there were also issues with funding and how police forces are directed to follow up on rural crimes.

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Devastating impact of rural crime

Chief superintendent Clarke said that there is scope to raise rural crime awareness and look at further training alongside revisiting the police’s existing rural and wildlife crime strategy.

She said: “We recognise the devastating impact of these crimes on rural communities, and we’re committed to tackling issues that matter to the community.

“It was valuable to hear the concerns raised at the meeting, and we are eager to continue working with the farming community to proactively tackle crime and provide crime prevention advice.”

Sir Williamson added: “The farming industry is the backbone of Britain. We must take the crimes that are committed against livestock and farming equipment seriously to support Staffordshire farmers.

“Together with other parliamentarians, I hope to encourage the prioritisation of this issue within local authorities and the national government.”

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