Hundreds back new Farm Watch police service

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An alert scheme aimed at cutting rural crime and protecting farmers across Derbyshire has been joined by more than 1,400 people.

Farm Watch is a project where crime prevention advice, witness appeals and information on theft or suspicious activity can be sent out to anyone signed up to it.

Texts, emails and voice messages can be sent to hundreds of people at a time.

The free service, which launched on Monday, June 17, has more than 1,500 people signed up.

Sergeant Russ Barlow, who is leading the project, said: “We have had a fantastic response to the project and it will help make sure it works for the benefit of our rural communities.

“The more people that sign up, the further the reach of Farm Watch will be and that means quick crime prevention messages can be spread across a greater area.

“It is aimed at protecting farmers and rural communities and I hope we can cut the threat of rural crime.”

Alan Charles, Derbyshire police and crime commissioner, said: “We are aware of the particular issues that face rural communities.”