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Craven police in crackdown on travelling criminals and rural crime
11:00am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
Craven police are supporting a county-wide campaign to crackdown on rural crime and travelling criminals.
Officers will be carrying out a series of proactive patrols along the A65 corridor to catch and deter criminals visiting North Yorkshire to prey on its rural communities.
It is part of Operation Hawk, an intelligence-led campaign which was launched at the end of July with the aim of relentlessly pursuing and disrupting travelling criminals.
Chief Inspector Simon Lovell, Safer Neighbourhood commander for Craven, said: “Operation Hawk has been very successful since it began a couple of months ago and we are very keen to build on that success here in Craven.
“The extra resources we have available to us as a result of the operation means that we can target certain areas and people who we know to be coming into Craven to commit crime before going back across the border to where they live.
“All the time, we are building up a picture of criminals who are coming and going and with the greater manpower we have at our disposal, I am confident that it is only a matter of time before we catch up with them.”
And Chief Inspector Lovell urged the local community to get behind the operation and do their bit to keep travelling criminals out of Craven.
He said: “Operation Hawk is an intelligence-led operation which means that any information we receive helps us to focus our resources appropriately.
“Some of the best intelligence we get comes from residents who have real local knowledge and can act as our eyes and ears in isolated areas.
“If you see any suspicious people or vehicles that you are not sure about, contact the police straight away. Any information you can provide will be acted upon and will help us to keep you and your property safe.”
To report any suspicious behaviour, contact the force control room on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. In the event of an emergency call 999.
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