Multi-Force Operation Continues to Tackle Rural Crime

Over 120 police officers, staff and volunteers from several forces across the North of England joined together overnight as part of an ongoing bid to tackle rural crime.

Operation Checkpoint saw a number of forces join together on Tuesday 6th August into the early hours of Wednesday 7th in an attempt to combat rural crime in the Cleveland, Durham, Cumbria, Northumbria and North Yorkshire areas.

Officer’s visited rural areas across the region in aid of reassuring residents and business owners in these communities by combating those criminals who target the rural areas.

The operation resulted in five arrests, mainly for traffic offences, across the regions including one of those in the Cleveland area. As well as a number of checks occurring including seven vehicles stopped and 28 rural speed checks.

Volunteers taking part in the operation used their own vehicles, and were equipped with police radios so they could communicate with officers. By drawing on the expert local knowledge of the volunteers, any suspicious activity or vehicles can be checked out in real time.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, said: “Evidence shows us that rural communities feel particularly vulnerable to crime and antisocial behaviour - that’s why it’s so important that the police work in partnership with other forces and local agencies to build relationships with rural residents. This has been yet another successful operation and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts to make our rural areas safer.

“I will continue to push for a coordinated response to rural crime by ensuring the Force work alongside partner agencies and local rural communities to identify areas of concern and develop multiagency solutions.”

Cleveland Police Rural Crime Prevention Officer Paul Payne said: “The support and commitment from residents in rural areas continues to be absolutely superb, as does the continued support of our Special Constabulary and rural volunteers who all continue to give up their own time to work alongside the police, and help protect their communities from harm.


“Once again, the high-visibility presence and intelligence-led patrols for Operation Checkpoint will have sent a strong message to criminals who use road networks to target rural areas: their illegal activity will not be tolerated.


“Officers received several really positive comments about the effort we have been putting in to patrolling rural communities and I can assure members of the public that we will keep up the pressure, and continue to work extremely hard to keep those communities safe. This is only one of many operations we have ran this year to help support our rural communities and will not be the last, in our continued proactive work tackling rural crime.”