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POLICE are launching a crackdown on poaching, fly-tipping and anti-social driving in rural areas.

A meeting has been organised for next Tuesday to discuss the impact of rural crime and how residents can help police tackle it.

Country Watch has been launched by Hampshire Constabulary to help reduce issues such as theft and poaching, which have been deemed some of the main problems in the countryside.

Councillor Hilary Ayer, in charge of localism at East Hampshire District Council, said: ‘The main aims of Country Watch are to reduce rural crime, reassure rural residents and to improve communication and engagement.

‘If you have been a victim of rural crime or if you want to find out what is being done to protect your property then come along to the forum nearest to you.’

The community forum meeting for Clanfield, Horndean and Rowlands Castle takes place at 6.30pm at Horndean Technology College, Barton Cross.