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NFU calls for additional resources to fight rural crime

18th Jul 2017 / By Alistair Driver

The NFU is calling for extra resources to fight rural crime after its true human cost was revealed in a new NFU report.

Farmers and their families in some parts of the country have been victims of arson, vandalism and burglary with many NFU members experiencing fear, intimidation and threats of violence. Vehicle theft, hare coursing and fly-tipping are also contributing to widespread under-reporting, anger, frustration and worry.

The result is an increasing fear of crime in rural areas and significantly lower satisfaction levels in the police than the national average, said the NFU, which put the cost of rural crime at £42.5m in 2015.

It has found there is no standard protocol across police forces for combatting rural crime and is asking for more funding to tackle it. 

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