Police step up patrols in rural areas of Wealden during coronavirus pandemic

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Police have stepped up patrols in rural areas of Wealden during the coronavirus outbreak.

Officers have stopped numerous vehicles as part of an initiative to identify criminals targeting farms, rural dwellings, sheds and garages, Sussex Police said.

Some of the vehicles stopped belonged to farmers checking on their outbuildings, and other members of the community, many of whom have since expressed their appreciation for the proactive steps police are taking, a spokesman said.

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Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, district commander for Wealden, commented: “If criminals think the police have reduced capability to tackle crime because of the current pandemic, they are mistaken.

Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, district commander for Wealden. Picture: Sussex PoliceDetective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, district commander for Wealden. Picture: Sussex Police
Detective Chief Inspector Alasdair Henry, district commander for Wealden. Picture: Sussex Police | Other 3rd Party

“On the contrary, we are putting an increasing number of resources and focus on preventing and detecting crimes such as theft, burglary and drug dealing.

“The public are reporting suspicious activity in ever greater numbers, no doubt due to heightened sensitivity about anyone being out and about without just cause.

“It is therefore hopefully a source of reassurance when they encounter one of the proactive police patrols in their area.

“This community intelligence, along with our increased patrol activity, is really helping to build the picture of rural crime, and will undoubtedly lead to arrests.”