One million pounds worth of equipment recovered across Thames Valley by Rural Crime Taskforce

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    The Thames Valley Police Rural Crime Taskforce has recovered over one million pounds worth of machinery, tools and equipment.

    The Thames Valley Police Rural Crime Taskforce was launched earlier this year and has since recovered over one million pounds worth of machinery, tools and equipment.

    52 cars, 20 plant machinery and 26 power tools are among the items recovered from local policing areas.

    Since the launch of the Taskforce, 82 people have been arrested for 105 offences.

    Of 185 completed investigations, over a quarter have seen a positive outcome.

    Rural Crime Taskforce Inspector, Stuart Hutchings said: “Reaching the milestone figure of one million pounds worth of recovered items is testament to the tireless work of the team and our commitment to not tolerating rural crime across the Thames Valley.

    “We are grateful to the Police and Crime Commissioner for the funding which enabled us to develop the Rural Crime Taskforce and make the strides we have to date, as well as the work we will continue to deliver for our rural communities.”

    Matthew Barber Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I am delighted with the results of the Taskforce to date. The success demonstrates the benefit of a dedicated and proactive policing approach to tackling rural crime.

    "The impact of rural crime can be devastating for communities and I remain committed to the work of the Taskforce in bearing down on individuals and organised crime groups who are committing crime in our rural areas.”

    Further information on rural crime and prevention advice can be found on the Thames Valley Police website.

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