Kent Police Rural Task Force Newsletter for August 2020.

Please find attached the latest Rural report and the Winter 2019/20 edition of Rural Matters Magazine from the Kent Police Rural Task Force.

There has been an increased number of reports in relation to Hare Coursing. It is important that all incidents are reported and recorded with us which can be done via Country Eye App, online or by calling 999 or 101 as appropriate. This is the second year that Kent Police continue to work with other forces across the country with the National Operation name of ‘OP Galileo’. If you have cause to report any Hare Coursing activity, please quote this operation name.

You will see from the below report the team have been working hard in relation to Op Galileo, Theft of Machinery, Animal Welfare and Fly Tipping to name a few topics. They would like to remind machinery owners to please record all serial numbers, take photos consider additional markings such as DNA solutions and tracker devices. All of which will assist the police in recovering your property should it be stolen.

Other local news in the report includes:

Distinctive Metal gates were stolen from the Country Park near to Faversham overnight on the 14/15 July. The gates were circulated through Heritage and Farm Watch requesting the rural community be on the lookout for them and to report any information to the Rural Task Force. They are still outstanding.

RTF officers located a stolen vehicle parked at Newnham Court Inn, Bearsted. Believed to be linked to crime series where Land Rovers are being stolen in West Kent.

RTF were patrolling the area of Hollingbourne after receiving numerous reports of illegal dirt bikes being ridden on roads and fields in the area. One bike located and stopped. The rider was reported for traffic offences and issued with Section 59 Warning for anti-social use of a vehicle.

The full report including pictures can be downloaded at:

Crag-Report-to-31.08.20.pdf (8 downloads) Rural-Matters-19-online.pdf (9 downloads)