A POLICE Watch scheme aimed at tackling issues that effect farmers and residents in rural areas continues to be rolled out across Solihull.
PC Andy Timmins, who runs the scheme, works with farmers to tackle unique issues such as fish poaching, hare coursing, livestock theft, and theft of farm machinery.
PC Timmins also links in with his counterparts across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who cover the farms across the country.
This allows officers to share examples of good work and reduce the opportunity for organised crime by notifying scheme members through their local police contact of any issues that could affect the arenas they are responsible for.
PC Andy Timmins said: “We ensure regular contact with farmers and residents in isolated areas and hold regular beat surgeries.[pullquote_right]It helps to have direct contact with rural communities who may otherwise be somewhat isolated”[/pullquote_right]
“It helps to have direct contact with rural communities who may otherwise be somewhat isolated from our policing of the more urban areas of Solihull.
“The scheme has empowered farmers and residents in rural communities to play a part in protecting their homes and lowering crime in their area.”