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Crack down on rural crime
PEOPLE found committing rural crime could end up receiving an ASBO under a new initiative launched by Wiltshire Police.
Officers are working in partnership with Wiltshire Council to reduce the level of anti-social behaviour caused by those committing rural crime offences.
New procedures are being put in place so that details of those found causing damage to land, hare coursing, poaching or general anti-social behaviour on land across the county, will be taken and shared with the local council.
A particular focus of the scheme will be hare coursing, which often causes criminal damage and sometimes intimidation of land owners.
Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership has funded micro-chip readers to help identify dogs and provide warning notices which will be issued by officers to help bring action against persistent offenders.
Sergeant Vincent Logue, from Wiltshire Police’s Rural Crime Team, said: “Criminals coming to Wiltshire to commit rural crime need to know that with this multi-agency approach, there will be consequences.
“Those who receive ASBOs will find stringent conditions being attached which will not only curtail the activities of the individual criminal but will make it less likely for that individual's co-offenders to come to Wiltshire to engage in criminal activity."
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