Countryside crime -fighting campaign is set to be launched

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Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is launching a new social media campaign in Derbyshire to help fight criminality in rural communities.

The charity is joining forces with the Derbyshire volunteer committee, law enforcement agencies and rural organisations to cut countryside crime.

The campaign strapline ‘Scene it. Herd it. Speak up about it. Anonymously.’ will be spread via Facebook, twitter and local alert systems, in order to reach communities.

The public will be directed to a webpage featuring information about aspects of rural crime such as poaching, hare-coursing and the theft of oil, metal and machinery.

A blog at http://blog.crimestoppers-uk.org/ is being set up for the duration.

Ashok Kalia, chair of the Derbyshire Crimestoppers Committee, said: “Rural crime can have devastating consequences for the victims but it affects every one of us by driving up food prices.

“We are proud to be working with Derbyshire Police as well as the police and crime commissioner to fight rural crime.”

n Anyone with information about countryside crime can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.