Police planning blitz on rural crime over next few weeks

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/01/2016 
Supt David Moore speaks to the Media at Lurgan Police station, after A gunshot was fired at police during serious disorder linked to an ongoing security alert in County Armagh on Sunday. Officers came under attack on Lake Street, Lurgan, from more than 100 petrol bombs. The PSNI said police were on the receiving end of "orchestrated, intense and prolonged violence". Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 25/01/2016 Supt David Moore speaks to the Media at Lurgan Police station, after A gunshot was fired at police during serious disorder linked to an ongoing security alert in County Armagh on Sunday. Officers came under attack on Lake Street, Lurgan, from more than 100 petrol bombs. The PSNI said police were on the receiving end of "orchestrated, intense and prolonged violence". Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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Police locally are planning a blitz on rural crime over the next few weeks.

Supt. David Moore said: “We are committed to reducing rural and agricultural crime across Northern Ireland. Police want to work towards reducing opportunities for this type of crime by increasing public awareness, working with other partner agencies to identify ways of preventing crime, and targeting and arresting those committing such offences. As part of our commitment to tackling rural crime, we will be conducting vehicle check points and visiting marts and farms.

“Rural and agriculture crime affects more than just those people who are direct victims; it impacts on jobs, the environment and the economy. It is a concern for all of us and I would ask for assistance from the public in providing information that may support us in continuing to prevent crime and arresting those individuals or gangs that carry out offences within rural communities. This initiative is important in helping to prevent crime against the rural community and to build even closer relationships between all agencies, the PSNI and the farming community.”