Macclesfield Police rural crime team have been focusing on criminals who target our rural communities under Operation Sheep Dog.
The team joined forces with Cheshire East Council to put the spotlight on crimes that effect our rural communities from theft of livestock through to theft of plant machinery and more.
PC Richard Walker said: “The aim was to intervene and disrupt those who are travelling to Macclesfield with the intention of committing crime, while reassuring and gaining intelligence from the rural and farming community.”
Officers patrolled the A523 with the help of headquarters roads policing team and the Special Constabulary, stopping vehicles to check occupants were all in order and above board. The team also had the assistance of Cheshire East Council Animal Welfare who checked livestock, which included passport checking and ID tags verification.
After a day on the roads, 100 vehicles were stopped, including tractors, trailers, transporters of plant machinery and Land Rovers.
PC Walker said: “Feedback from the operation has been positive. Those stopped, who had been victims of rural crime themselves, were delighted to see that their voice was being heard. Word even spread around Leek Market about Cheshire Police’s special operation.
“Our dedicated team will continue to carry out a variety of operations to clamp down and deter rural crime.
“We would also urge residents to continue to report suspicious activity to us to help us in our fight against those who commit crime in our rural communities.”
Anyone who sees suspicious activity should report it to Cheshire Police on 101. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.