Crime in rural areas of Hampshire almost doubles in 12 months

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RURAL thefts cost people in Hampshire £1.7m in 2014 – almost double that of the previous year.

The county was the fourth worst affected in England by the crime spree, in which tools, ATVs/quad bikes, oil, diesel and machinery were the most stolen items.

The total was up from 2013’s total of £970,000.

Meon Valley MP George Hollingbery said he was disappointed by the figures.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘If this level of crime took place in an urban location there would be an uproar.’