Hundreds of Officers and Volunteers Take Action Against Rural Crime

200 officers and volunteers from nine police Forces across the north of England joined together overnight on Thursday 3rd May in a show of strength against rural crime.

Operation Checkpoint Over 120 vehicles were stopped during Operation Checkpoint in a bid to tackle rural crime, resulting in one arrest, two fixed penalty notices being issued and five vehicles seized, including a quad bike worth thousands of pounds.

This is the fifth year that Operation Checkpoint has taken place and it is a coordinated effort to patrol rural areas and tackle offending which targets those who live and work in our countryside.
Teams from Cleveland, Cumbria, Durham, Humberside, Lancashire, Merseyside, Northumbria, North Yorkshire and South Yorkshire visited farms and landowners and acted on local intelligence to disrupt rural crime.

One man aged 22 was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst being disqualified and has been released under investigation.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “The Rural Crime programme of activity is growing all the time and I thank all those from the Force, our partners and all the volunteers for another great team effort. 

“By working together we will continue to make progress and make our rural areas safer for the future.  Well done to all involved in the operation.”

The operation also focussed on rural wildlife and issues such as poaching.

Paul Payne, Cleveland Police’s Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer said: “Operation Checkpoint saw officers out in Force across the rural areas of our patch from Hartlepool to East Cleveland.

“Working with neighbouring Forces is crucial to tackling rural crime. The response to the operation from the public has been positive and it is important that we continue to protect people from rural crime and to prevent people from having fear of it.

“I would particularly like to thank all of officers and volunteers who as always gave their time to assist us and the rural communities, this operation would not be a success without your hard work and dedication.”