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21 April 2017 10:43:48 |Machinery and Equipment,News,Rural Life

Lincolnshire Police invests £100k for new 4x4 vehicles to fight rural crime


The Ford Kugas represent the first step in a bid to reinforce rural community safety across the county

The Ford Kugas represent the first step in a bid to reinforce rural community safety across the county

Lincolnshire police force is set to get a new fleet of 4x4 vehicles to help it fight rural crime.
The nine new Ford Kugas represent the first step in a bid to reinforce rural community safety across the county.
The £100,000 investment in new transport is hoped will send a message to gangs of hare coursers terrorising farming families across Lincolnshire's rural areas.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones put the money aside for the nine new vehicles as he works with senior officers to create a new blueprint for tackling rural crime.
The plan will see more Special Constables and volunteers working in rural communities, crime prevention advice for farmers and their families and better protection for victims of hare coursing and other rural crime.
'Safety high on the list'
Mr Jones said: “This is a natural progression from me having stated during my election campaign to be PCC, and on being elected, a promise to look at rural issues.
“I have made a promise to the residents of this county that I will put rural community safety high on the list of priorities and that is why I think it is vital to set out a clear strategy of how that will be achieved.
“I have been working with the force to set out our plans for how we can improve the service to the towns, villages and more remote areas across Lincolnshire and both the Chief Constable and I are committed to making people feel safer and to be safer in all parts of the county.
“The work is still on-going but much progress has already been made and we hope to have a draft completed within the next few weeks and to be clear this will be a plan backed up by resources and action"
Mr Jones added: “We’re investing in a fleet of Ford Kugas that are designed specifically for police use and, in financial terms, in excess of £100,000 will be spent on them.
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