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Day of action to tackle rural crime

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary teamed up with colleagues from Wiltshire, Thames Valley and Gloucestershire to take part in Operation Festive - a day of action to tackle rural crime.

The operation, which ran from 9am until 11pm on Wednesday, September 17, involved 25 officers from the force's neighbourhood and Country Watch teams conducting checks and searches in Basingstoke, Winchester, Alton, Hook and Aldershot.

Throughout the operation, a number of stop checks were completed on vehicles and people. The checks provided useful intelligence for the forces and restricted travelling criminals using the road networks.

In Hampshire, six vehicles were served with prohibition notices and one was seized for containing red diesel.

Four people were arrested in connection with other offences - all from out of county addresses.

Safer Neighbourhoods Sergeant Shaun Stinson, who led the operation for Hampshire, said:

"These operations are vital in helping us send a strong message to those who travel to rural communities to commit crime. We know that those responsible for this activity pay no attention to county borders and our approach to policing is the same.

This operation once again enabled us to gain information about vehicles used to commit criminal damage and trespass on land and we also gathered useful intelligence about people linked to distraction offences.

We are committed to making Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a hostile place for criminals. Our message is simple - you are not welcome here and we will continue to work with other forces to make the region a no go area for criminals."


Julie Jones 1105/18092014
01256 406487


Julie Jones
Corporate Communications Manager
Police Headquarters
Romsey Road
SO22 5DB
Tel: 07748 106094



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