Cumbria and Northumbria police bid to cut rural crime

Cumbria and Northumbria police have joined forces for an initiative aimed at tackling rural crime.

It follows a reported 53 thefts from farms and rural properties in the Brampton, Longtown, Alston, Penrith and Appleby areas in June.

Property worth £170,000 was taken, including quad bikes, farming equipment, fuel, metal and livestock.

Officers will be sharing information and conducting joint patrols to target thieves who cross the county borders.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "In the past, offenders may have been intercepted by officers, then crossed the border to try their luck in the neighbouring county.

"By working in collaboration with Northumbria, we can warn each other about suspicious people and vehicles that may be heading in each others' direction."

He added: "Members of the community can help us by reporting suspicious activity to police immediately and by noting down the registration details of suspicious vehicles."

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