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Police target travelling South Craven criminals
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in News
Police in the South Craven area are supporting Operation Hawk, the countywide crack down on rural crime, by holding proactive patrols along the A65 corridor.
Officers aim to deter criminals travelling to the area to prey on rural communities.
Operation Hawk, which was launched at the end of July, is an intelligence-led campaign to pursue and disrupt travelling offenders.
Teams of officers have been targeting people suspected of stealing from farms, rural businesses, outbuildings and vehicles.
The campaign is maximising the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology and sharing information with colleagues from neighbouring policing areas.
Police patrols are working alongside volunteers from the various Rural, Farm, Country and Border Watch schemes, supported by the national parks and the National Farmers’ Union.
Craven Safer Neighbourhood Commander, Chief Inspector Simon Lovell, said: “Operation Hawk has been very successful since it began a couple of months ago and we are very keen to build on that success here in Craven.”