Neighbourhood Policing Success in Tackling Rural Crime

This week Dr Alan Billings visited a Doncaster farmer and his family to hear about the progress being made to address the issues of nuisance quad bikes from which they had been suffering.

During the lockdown period Dr Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, had met virtually with the family, to hear about the way quad bikes had been repeatedly ridden across their land, flattening crops and disturbing birds and animals.

A strong link had been formed between the family and the local neighbourhood policing team – Doncaster West Neighbourhood Policing Team – and there has been a welcome reduction in incidents.

On Tuesday members of the neighbourhood team visited the farm with Dr Billings to discuss the progress made and how they will continue to work together.

Dr Alan Billings said: “This demonstrated really good partnership working by the neighbourhood policing team who have recognised the damage and distress that can be caused by this type of continuous anti-social and nuisance behaviour.

“It was encouraging to sit outside with the officers and family to hear directly about the way they had worked together to make a difference. The work will continue so that together this farming family and the police can keep on top of the issues that have caused so much trouble.”