Born in a Barn
Rural Crime is a priority for Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball and he has funded a number of initiatives across the County to target the issue. One initiative is the Rural Crime project for the Northern area of Warwickshire. As well as commissioning Carol Cotterill as Co-ordinator for Crimes in the Rural Communities the project has also developed the Warwickshire RuralWatch website as a focal point for information on rural crime. Another key part of the project is to talk to the people in those rural areas who are often isolated or in small communities; hence the Barn Event was born.
Martyn Stephens WCC Community Safety Project Manager “On the evening of Tuesday 9th June at Smithy Farm Shop in Grendon, North Warwickshire we took over a barn at the location. We moved the sheep to one side, brought in bales of straw, found some tables and put on some refreshments. We gathered together a selection of equipment and specialist people involved in crime reduction targeting rural crime. Invites were sent out to farmers and small businesses that operate in the local area.
We were joined by Ron Ball and Supt. Martin Samuel the Police Area Commander who following some introductions took questions from the public regarding concerns they had for policing the Rural Area. Those who attended were then able to discuss issues further over a hot drink and a sandwich. Insp Dean Reid was present with members of his Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team including Sgt Oakley parading his off road bike used to target nuisance motorcycles. The event was supported by WCC Rural Hub and the N.Warks Community Safety Partnership.
Carol Cotterill “I have been working hard with the rest of the team to put this event together as I feel it is really important that local people can put across their issues to senior officers who are able to direct resources. In my role I have spoken to most of the people and was pleased to see them here”
To add to the atmosphere there was the occasional heckling from the sheep in the corner.
We are now planning another event on Thursday 2nd July at Little Walton Lodge Farm Pailton.