Bookmark and Share
12/04/2017

Campaign To Tackle Rural Crime Launched

A new campaign to tackle agricultural and rural crime in Northern Ireland has beenand aims to reduce crime in rural communities.

The Rural Crime Partnership, which includes representatives from the Department of Justice (DoJ), Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU), Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), NFU Mutual (NFU) and Young Farmers' Clubs (YFC), is working with Crimestoppers to encourage reporting and ask the public to provide information – anonymously – regarding rural crime in the region.

The partnership brings together representatives from organisations with a vested interest in tackling crime against rural communities. It works together, to take forward recommendations and initiatives around preventing and combatting rural criminality. Adopting an approach which encourages information sharing amongst partners, the Partnership focuses on reducing and preventing rural crime. The campaign is supported by a number of local Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSP).
News Image
Speaking on behalf of the RCP, PSNI Superintendent Brian Kee, Service Lead for Rural and Wildlife Crime, said: "As part of our continuing work, the Rural Crime Partnership have been working very closely with Crimestoppers and very much welcomes the launch of this campaign which raises awareness of rural crime issues and encourages people to provide information anonymously. I would encourage people to come forward with information.

"I am acutely aware that rural crime has a significant impact on victims, and the economic losses caused by theft of property can have far reaching consequences for individuals, businesses and the economy.

"As a Police Service, we are also aware of the distinct set of circumstances facing a rural community, that's why it is important to do whatever we can and to work with our partners to provide the best possible service.

"Information received from Crimestoppers will be combined with intelligence from other sources to build a more detailed picture of rural crime in Northern Ireland, driving further focused prevention, investigation and enforcement activity by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the Rural Crime Partnership and our partners and rural communities."

Susan Brew, Campaign Manager for Crimestoppers in Northern Ireland, added: "Crimestoppers is an independent charity and I would like to ask anyone with information about rural crime to ring 0800 555111 and be assured that they will remain completely anonymous – no-one will ever know you made the call."

(JP)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

03 August 2017
Oireachtas Committee Brexit Report 'Unhelpful' - Farry
An Oireachtas Committee report which discusses achieving a united Ireland due to the impact of Brexit has been labelled "unhelpful" by Alliance's Brexit spokesperson, Stephen Farry.
09 August 2017
Political Crisis And Brexit Uncertainty Blamed For Drop In House Prices
The current political crisis and the uncertainty over Brexit are being blamed for the drop in average house prices in Northern Ireland. A report by the University of Ulster reveals "mixed messages" on the health of the housing market. The Quarterly House Price Index report reveals an overall average house price of £148,499 this spring, down 3.
27 July 2017
Record Number Of Belfast Parks Win Green Flag Award
A record number of parks in Belfast have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award this year, it has been announced. The Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised certification for environmental quality management of parks and open, green spaces.
29 April 2002
Trimble launches Lisburn rural development strategy
"Northern Ireland’s rural communities are an essential part of our way of life and must be encouraged and assisted," according to the First Minister, David Trimble.
04 August 2017
Taoiseach To Begin Two-Day Visit To Northern Ireland
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to begin a two-day visit to Northern Ireland today, 04 August. The Irish Prime Minister is due to give a speech later at Queen's University Belfast on the future of north-south relations. Later this afternoon, he will hold meetings with local political parties.
17 November 2006
New support brochure for rural enterprises launched
As part of National Enterprise Week 2006, a new support brochure designed specifically for rural businesses called, 'A look at opening your business to new prospects' was launched at Loughry College, Cookstown.
15 October 2013
Agriculture, Justice Departments Join To Fight Rural Crime
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) is to join forces with the Department of Justice to help tackle the problem of rural crime in Northern Ireland. DARD is to become a member of the new Rural Crime Unit Steering Group, following a meeting between Justice Minister David Ford and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill.
11 August 2017
Other News In Brief
Repair Work To Be Carried Out On Footbridge In South Belfast Essential repair work is to be carried out on a footbridge in south Belfast. The work will begin on the A24 Saintfield Road in the Glenhugh Park area at 8pm on Saturday, 12 August.
10 August 2017
Police Renew Appeal For Information On Taxi Driver Attack
The PSNI have renewed an appeal for information on an attack on a taxi driver in L'Derry on Saturday 05 August. In the incident, the taxi, a silver coloured Citroen Xsara, was travelling on Northland Road at around 11.30pm, when a man jumped onto the bonnet of the car, before smashing the driver side window with his fist.
02 August 2017
Air Ambulance Service In NI Launches
A new air ambulance service is to become fully operational today, 02 August. The service will be based at the former Maze prison site near Lisburn and will be able to reach any part of NI within 25 minutes.
04 August 2017
Prisoner Dies At Magilligan
A prisoner, aged 27, has died at Magilligan Prison in L'Derry. The man was found dead in his cell on Friday morning, 04 August, the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) confirmed. No details of how he died have been released and his family have been informed. The PSNI, Coroner and Prison Ombudsman have launched investigations.
09 August 2017
Other News In Brief
Woman Convicted Of Benefit Fraud A woman has been convicted for claiming £10,300 benefits she was not entitled to at Belfast Magistrates' Court. Lorraine Coulter claimed Housing Benefit totalling £10,300 while failing to declare she was living with her partner. She was given 100 hours community service.
09 August 2017
UEFA Women's U19 Championship: NI Defeated By Spain
Northern Ireland were defeated 2-0 to Spain as the Europe Under-19 women's Championship started at Windsor Park in Belfast on Tuesday, 08 August. Lucia Garcia scored a goal followed by Spanaish captain Patricia Guijarro. A total of 4,289 spectators attended the match, according to the Irish Football Association.
28 July 2017
Other News In Brief
Freedom Of Movement 'Important' To NI – Farry Freedom of movement is "particularly important to the functioning of Northern Ireland", Alliance Deputy Leader and Brexit Spokesperson Stephen Farry has said. Mr Farry was speaking after the UK government announced plans to end free movement of people in March 2019.
28 July 2017
Belfast Zoo 'Celebrating Conservation Success'
Belfast Zoo is "celebrating another conservation success" with the birth of five red squirrel kittens. The red squirrel, believed to have been native across Ireland for more than 10,000 years, is now said to be in "serious trouble" in Northern Ireland.