Famous novelist backs crime crackdown

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TEENAGERS across West Sussex will be urged to help combat the rising tide of rural crime that is becoming a financial drain on farms.

Sussex Crimestoppers has joined forces with the NFU and English Heritage on a new campaign.

Sixth formers will be watching a DVD featuring victims, including young farmers, speaking out about the impact of rural crime.

It will be urging people to pass on information about crimes anonymously via Crimestoppers.

Peter James, best-selling crime novelist and Sussex Crimestoppers co-patron, said: ‘In straitened financial times, as we are in, the countryside provides a soft target for villains.

‘It is difficult for rural dwellers to protect outbuildings against determined thieves, and gardening and agricultural machinery are easily saleable for instant cash. Crimestoppers is helping the police to combat rural crime. We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard something that they know is suspicious or unusual.’

Call 0800 555 111.