Fly-tipping and Hare-Coursing Concerns at North Herts Barn Meet
Fly-tipping, hare coursing, anti-social use of vehicles and damage to crops were the main issues raised by the local farming community at a recent barn meeting in Royston, North Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue, and representatives from North Herts Council and the NFU were joined by members of the public at the rural gathering.

Nina Villa, Deputy Chief Executive for the Police and Crime Commissioner said: “We know fly-tipping is a significant issue and we are keen to hear your views on the best way to tackle this problem.

The Commissioner has provided a grant of more than £80,000 to help local authorities tackle fly-tipping across the county. This grant will be used to cover a wide range of initiatives including launching a public relations campaign to remind residents to check the official credentials of companies disposing of their waste.”

Chief Constable, Charlie Hall added: “We are doing a lot to address rural crime concerns. However, it is also important that you the community continue to engage with us.

We also have the Rural Operational Support Team (ROST) who provide assistance on rural issues and also help and support police officers working in this area.”

Chief inspector for North Hertfordshire Julie Wheatley acknowledged that fly-tipping and hare coursing are on-going issues and the profile of these crimes has changed.

Mrs Wheatley said: “These are anti-social behaviours causing you angst and you need a proper response from us. My job is to have resources in the right place at the right time.

Part of the challenge for North Herts is our criminality is not home grown – there are criminals crossing the border, who aren’t known to us and are difficult to pin-point.”

Crime Prevention Officer, Ian Dowse reminded attendants to make vehicles secure and advised that all plant machinery and agricultural equipment should have ‘CESAR’ marking. This allows vehicles to be uniquely identified through markings, some overt and others covert, reducing the risk of equipment being stolen. It also allows easy identification on its return to the owner.

Those who attended the meeting were also reminded of ways to contact the Constabulary if they wished to report a crime.
Dial 999 in an emergency, when a crime is in progress or someone suspected of a crime is nearby, for example if you see someone in the act of fly-tipping or anti-social driving - causing damage to crops.

To report a crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response, for example if a vehicle has been stolen or there has been damage to your property, you can also now report crime directly on the Constabulary’s website, where you can conduct a live webchat with the Force Control Room or call 101.

Hertfordshire Constabulary’s new mobile phone app is available on iPhone and Android devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.