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PremierLeague-News.Com - Crimestoppers' and Network Rail's initiative asks people to "speak up" about any harm that comes to "our treasured countryside"
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Crimestoppers is urging Lanarkshire residents to "speak up about those who harm our treasured countryside". As lockdown restrictions ease across the area, the independent charity, in partnership with Network Rail, has launched a campaign encouraging the public to report rural crime. With many people planning trips to the countryside, the anticipated impact of large visitor numbers and effects of rural crime can be devastating to the environment. Get your Lanarkshire Live app Head to the App Store and never miss a beat in Lanarkshire - Apple - Android More than 95 per cent of Scotland is classed as rural and NFU Mutual estimate that rural crime costs Scotland around £1.8 million annually, with levels reportedly increasing. Crimestoppers, together with Police Scotland and wider rural and environmental organisations, are asking the people of Lanarkshire to spot the signs of rural crime and give information 100 per cent anonymously. The key crimes that Scotland’s rural areas experience are house-breaking; theft of farm equipment, vehicles and machinery; livestock-related crimes, theft and dog attacks; fly-tipping and industrial waste dumping; hare coursing and badger baiting; fuel theft - domestic and commercial; heritage and cultural property crime including illegal metal detecting; wildlife crime; and wilful fire-raising. Lanarkshire Live Facebook Head over to our new Lanarkshire Live Facebook page to make sure you're up to date with the top stories in the region Angela Parker, national manager for Crimestoppers Scotland, said: "Many of us will be impatient to get back to nature and enjoy the stunning scenery Scotland has to offer.
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." Inspector Alan Dron, rural and acquisitive crime co-ordinator for Police Scotland, added: "The majority of individuals wanting to experience Scotland’s stunning cultural, historic and natural environments have a desire to do so responsibly and in accordance with the law. "Unfortunately, the consequences of a rural incident or crime often has a deeper and far reaching impact plus access rights are not an excuse for anti-social or illegal behaviour. Please respect our rural communities and countryside, leave no trace of your visit and don’t let any individuals spoil your experience." Mark Henderson, senior community engagement manager at Network Rail, said: "We are delighted to be supporting Crimestoppers’ rural crime campaign. "Our company plays a vital role in connecting people across Scotland, so it’s hugely important to us to help our partners protect rural communities from crime. "Our partners at BTP and staff across the organisation have been equipped with information on what to look out for and we will be sharing the campaign at stations and with passengers."
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