PCC plans events to consult on rural crime


Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner is inviting residents in rural areas to meet with him and local officers to have their say on the county’s new rural crime strategy prior to its publication.

The strategy has been developed in response to the local rural crime survey conducted over the summer and the recent national rural crime survey.

It outlines the priorities for rural officers and sets out a plan for how police in Cheshire will tackle rural and wildlife crime through until 2021.

There will be five events taking place across the county during October 2018 – with each event led by PCC David Keane and the constabulary’s rural crime lead, chief inspector Simon Meegan.

Local residents will be given the opportunity to talk to their local policing team about issues in their area.

Mr Keane said: “This strategy has been heavily influenced by the views of local residents who took their time to give us feedback as part of the rural crime survey.

“We have listened to what they told us but we want to ensure the strategy takes into account their priorities.

“The survey told us that more than two thirds of residents who live in Cheshire’s rural communities think police are doing a good job keeping their communities safe, but there is still more we can do to protect our more remote communities.”

He added: “Rural communities have their own unique crime related issues which can have a significant impact on residents or farming and businesses.

“It’s imperative for police to be specially equipped and trained to tackle these issues.

“As part of the plan, I’ve set five priorities for police in Cheshire to deliver over the next four years to ensure we tackle rural crime head on.”

The first two events will be held:

– Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 7pm at Blaze Farm in Wildboarclough near Macclesfield

– Thursday 4th October 2018 at 7pm at Stockton Heath Police Station

(Further events will be announced in due course.)