Meon Valley MP disappointed after rural crime soars

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AN MP says he will speak to Hampshire’s chief constable after a surge in rural crime.

George Hollingbery, who represents Meon Valley, said he was disappointed to learn that Hampshire ranks fourth highest in the UK for the cost of rural crime.

The data, released by rural insurer NFU Mutual, shows the cost was £1.7m last year – compared with £970,000 in 2013.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘I’m well aware that crime figures can often be more complex than they look at first sight, but it’s very disappointing that Hampshire is near the top of the list in the survey and very concerning that the estimated cost of rural crime in the county has almost doubled in 2014 from the 2013 figures.

‘As I represent a largely rural constituency, I’m very much aware of the devastating effect rural crime has on communities and it’s one of the top concerns.

‘I know that the police and crime commissioner and chief constable are putting resources into tackling this type of crime and that Hampshire police has had a Rural Crime Strategy in place since July last year, so I’m hopeful that progress is being made on this issue.’

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