Cost of rural crime has declined in North Somerset, with police force praised

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:53 16 August 2017

The cost of rural crime has gone down in the past year in North Somerset.

The cost of rural crime has gone down in the past year in North Somerset.

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary has been praised for its 'commitment' to tackling rural crime, after new figures revealed a rise in its cost nationally, but a drop locally.

New figures from the National Farmers Union (NFU) show over the past year the cost of rural crime in Somerset has decreased by one per cent, while the wider UK has seen an increase of four per cent.

Superintendent Mike Prior, the force’s rural crime lead, said: “While we are obviously disappointed to hear that nationally and the South West region is showing an increase in rural claims in comparison to last year, I am very encouraged that Somerset has seen a reduction.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens added: “While the cost of rural crime in the South West has increased according to the NFU’s figures, I would hope the action and commitment by Avon and Somerset has given our communities the confidence to report more matters to the police.”

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