Kent Police Rural Task Force Newsletter for November 2019.

Hollingbourne Parish Council has received the latest news letter from the Kent Police Rural Task Force which covers much of the local area including the North Downs where the NFU have long had concerns about the prevalence of crime and the lack of a regular police presence. Please Read More for further information. Just now Hollingbourne no longer has a PCSO.

Rural Task Force

This period has continued to be busy for the Rural Task Force, which has include the National Rural Week of Action for Rural Affairs and Wildlife Crime.
The action for this week was very much business as usual.

The Rural Task Force conducted 4 days of Op Galileo (anti-hare coursing/poaching) , 2 days of fly tipping enforcement with local authorities, 1 day executing 3 warrants in relation to Badger Persecution with the RSPCA, 1 day on Operation Traverse (fish poaching)patrols with angling trust and Environment Agency.

Four warrants were executed, with 3 arrests and 5 non-custodial interviews. 13 vehicles were seized during operations for various offences and 6 Traffic Offence Reports were completed. 41 Intelligence reports, 41 Fixed Penalty Notices, 2 Section 59 warnings, and 2 Community Protection Warnings (CPW) given. 28 exhibits were seized in relation to badger persecution and 2 Livestock worrying incidents attended. 2 “night hawking” heritage crime theft was established and is being investigated.

Good planning with partner agents ensured these results were attained, and publicised in local media for community reassurance. BBC Inside Out (South East) were out with the RTF filming a piece on rural crime enforcement and our PCC also visited repeat victims of crime to listen to their experiences

You will see from the below report the team have been working hard in relation to Op Galileo, Theft of Machinery, Livestock worrying and Fly Tipping to name a few topics. I 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

The full report including pictures can be downloaded at CRAG-report-4th-November-19.pdf (5 downloads)