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New rural crime officer joins Rutland police

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Rutland and Melton have secured a new dedicated police officer to tackle rural crime.

PC Matt Houghton is one of five new recruits to join Leicestershire Police's rural policing team.

All of the officers have a background in farming and will focus on issues such as machinery theft and wildlife crime.

Leicestershire Police
Leicestershire Police

Each area will be given a new off-road vehicle to use for patrols.

Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews said: “Crimes such as hare-coursing, burglary, dangerous driving, fly tipping, farm robberies and church lead thefts blight our villages and farms.

"I promised to provide resources to tackle the crimes that affect our countryside.

“Today is a time for celebration. We are evidently delivering on my promise and I assure you this is just the start.”

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