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Rural Watch numbers increasing

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More than 50 people have joined the local Rural Watch, set up by neighbourhood police officers and aimed at helping protect the countryside community.

The scheme, started locally by Hatfield neighbourhood officers PC Dave Wardell and PCSO Mark Randall, of the Hertfordshire Constabulary, puts farms, stables and other rural businesses in touch with one another and with the local police.

PC Wardell says those who’ve joined say the scheme makes them feel more secure.

"Rural Watch runs along the same lines as a Neighbourhood Watch. It is free and currently covers Hatfield, Essendon, Cuffley, Newgate Street, Welham Green and Brookmans Park - but it is also looking to expand.

"It is aimed at farms, but also includes business premises such as stables in isolated locations. Members look out for each other and pass on information such as suspicious vehicles, their registration numbers, thefts of equipment, or suspicious activity. This information in turn is distributed to all members via email or a printed newsletter," he said.

If you are interested in finding out more about Rural Watch, you can ring Hatfield Neighbourhood Team office on 01707 638812. Officers are often out on patrol so if you get a voicemail, you can leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

You can discuss this issue in the forum.

Note: Information taken from a Herts Constabulary news release.

28 July 2008

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