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Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2020 edition of the Norfolk Rural Communities Newsletter.

Rural Engagement

On 17th December 2019 rural crime officers from Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire Police attended a wildlife training workshop with the RSPCA at East Winch. The focus of the course was improving officers’ knowledge of wildlife crime as well as building contacts with our partner agencies and neighbouring forces.

The following day we held our South Norfolk Rural Crime Prevention Surgery at Easton College, which was attended by Norfolk’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green. I’d like to thank Easton and Oatley College for hosting us, and all those who joined us at the event.

Our next event will be on 8 January 2020 at Dairy Barns, Lound Farm, Hickling NR12 0BE, between 1pm and 3pm. Find the address here: http://what3words.com/jousting.quirky.coast. This is a great opportunity to meet our rural crime officers, ask questions and pass on any feedback.

Please follow our Twitter page: @RuralCrimeNfk

Rural Crime Strategy

The 2019 Rural Crime Strategy and annual report, which includes crime statistics, current initiatives and our policing model, can be read here:

https://www.norfolk.police.uk/sites/norfolk/files/ruralpolicingstrategy2019digital_0.pdf

Contacting the Police

We are always trying to improve the lines of communication between the constabulary and the public. Everybody is familiar with dialling 999 for emergencies and using the 101 service to report non-emergencies. You can also report crimes, tell us about road traffic collisions and make other enquiries online here: https://www.norfolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-it

The website can also help with providing contact details of other agencies, such as councils, dog wardens, environment agency etc.

We are currently introducing a Rural Crime WhatsApp group. At present the group consists of partner agencies, key landowners and administrators of other social media rural groups, and I am looking at increasing the size of this group. If you meet one or more of the above criteria, I would be interested to hear from you. I can be contacted via the following email: james.wonnacott@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Useful link

What3words – https://what3words.com/

NFU’s reporting line – https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/rural-affairs/rural-crime/rural-crime-must-read/stamp-out-rural-crime-call-the-dedicated-crimestoppers-hotline/

https://www.nfuonline.com/cross-sector/rural-affairs/rural-crime/

PC1531 James Wonnacott

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