Horse riders join forces in new rural crime fight

Vanessa Dowling, Rebecca Dowling and Serena Hill, members of the Hampshire Horsewatch scheme
Vanessa Dowling, Rebecca Dowling and Serena Hill, members of the Hampshire Horsewatch scheme
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HORSE riders have become police volunteers in a new initiative aimed at tackling rural crime.

Members of the Hampshire Horsewatch, pictured right, scheme have joined forces with Hampshire Constabulary and will patrol their horses across the county.

The 12 volunteers will patrol the lanes, bridleways, and country roads in areas across Emsworth and Liphook.

They do not have any more powers than any other member of the public, but will be looking for anything suspicious to report back to the police control room.

Vanessa Dowling, of the rural mounted patrol which covers Emsworth to Rowlands Castle, said: ‘When our horses are patrolling, we are able to get to areas that cannot be easily reached by car.

‘We are a highly visual presence in the rural landscape. It’s all about helping the rural police on difficult terrains, and putting something back into the community.’