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More police help in fighting rural crime

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More police help in fighting rural crime

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Monday, 2 May 2022

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An extra police officer has been recruited to the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service’s (NaVCIS) agricultural vehicle unit to boost its fight against rural crime.

Experienced crime-buster, Detective Constable Adrian Mills. brings over 30 years in the force to the unit which is funded by rural insurer NFU Mutual.

Aimed at co-ordinating intelligence on stolen farm machinery between police forces across the UK, the unit also joins forces on raids to recover stolen machinery – recouping a haul of agricultural vehicles worth £2.6m in 2021.

Commenting after the new post had been announced, Bob Henderson, agricultural engineering manager with the Mutual said: “Thefts from farms are extremely expensive, disruptive and upsetting for farmers.


“That’s why NFU Mutual supported farmers by investing £430,000 in rural security initiatives last year.”


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