Police hold event to help rural crime fight

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THE future of policing in rural Hampshire is the focus of an event.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Country Watch teams and rural organisations will be offering help and crime prevention advice.

Residents and business are urged to drop in and it is hoped the event will help encourage more people to become volunteers with Country Watch scheme, which aims to combat rural crime.

The force’s assistant chief constable Laura Nicholson will lead a programme of presentations.

Chief Inspector Rachel Farrell, who has headed a review of rural policing for the force, said: ‘A significant proportion of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight are made up of rural areas. We have been working hard to put in place a plan to provide an improved service to these communities. We hope that this will demonstrate we take rural crime and issues seriously.’

The event will be held at Sparsholt College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, near Winchester, from noon until 8pm tomorrow.