Police spread the word on rural crime

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The local policing team are raising their profile in rural areas this week, with a series of community events, as part of the Thames Valley Police 100 Days Of Action initiative to tackle rural crime.

The Advertiser caught up with police officers on Sunday at a free tack and property marking event in the North Marston Village Hall car park, and on Monday morning at a Have Your Say event at Foscote Farmers’ Market.

Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. Left, PC Andy Barkus on Trojan, right, PC Kevin Simmons on Pluto with, middle, PCSO Wendy Taylor property marking for Paul Gillett, The Shop committee vice-chairman with members of The Winslow and District Neighbourhood Policing Team.
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Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. Left, PC Andy Barkus on Trojan, right, PC Kevin Simmons on Pluto with, middle, PCSO Wendy Taylor property marking for Paul Gillett, The Shop committee vice-chairman with members of The Winslow and District Neighbourhood Policing Team. 140119M-B594

Police horses Pluto and Trojan with PCs Kevin Simmons and Andy Barkus from the Thames Valley Police mounted section were in North Marston on Sunday to patrol the area and support the tack and property marking event.

PCSO Wendy Taylor said: “It was a very successful day. It was very fruitful.

“We marked 13 saddles, 13 bikes, two scooters, one skateboard, one mobility scooter, one Ifor Williams trailor and one ride-on mower. And we signed about 80 people up to Thames Valley Alerts.

“The mounted section did some patrols then came back to the village hall car park.

Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. PCSO Wendy taylor property marks a blower for Paul Gillett, The Shop committee vice-chairman.
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Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. PCSO Wendy taylor property marks a blower for Paul Gillett, The Shop committee vice-chairman. 140119M-B561

“People came to see the horses, then the bush telegraph got working and people found out we were marking, so they came back with their property.

“The parish council were absolutely delighted and, bless them, they kept the shop open till 4pm for us and they were giving away free teas and coffees.

“It was a real community event.”

PCSO Taylor and PCSO Sam Calvert held a Have Your Say event at Foscote Farmers’ Market on Monday, after which they had an afternoon of farm visits, delivering farm security advice and leaflets.

Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. PCSO Wendy Taylor marks a saddle for Steph Davis.
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Property marking and police horses at The Shop, North Marston. PCSO Wendy Taylor marks a saddle for Steph Davis. 140119M-B551

Today, Tuesday, the local policing team are holding two Have Your Say events at George Browns in Buckingham, from 10am to noon and from 1pm to 3pm, where members of the public can raise any issues or concerns.

 

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