TACKLING crime in rural areas will be a key priority for Cheshire police and crime commissioner John Dwyer.
Mr Dwyer has vowed to focus on rural crime in his police and crime plan and said special constables linked to small villages would play an important role in reducing offences.
He said: “Cheshire is a beautiful county, much of which boasts a landscape of rolling fields and woodland but we must not forget those people who live and work in those areas of natural beauty when it comes to policing.
“Crime can have a devastating impact on the community in which it happens.”
Before finalising his police and crime plan, Mr Dwyer met the National Farmers Union, the Countryside Alliance, the Country Land and Business Association and the British Association of Shooting and Conservation.
He said: “They made it clear that crime in a rural area can bring the community to a halt, especially where this is committed against a rural business.
“The rural community often feels vulnerable due to the remote location and the criminality that affects them.
“I will ensure the police tackles wildlife crime and works effectively with the national wildlife crime unit.
“By including these issues in my plan, I will be holding the chief constable to account for ensuring rural crime gets tackled."