THREE neighbouring police forces have been working together in a determined effort to crack down on criminals targeting rural areas.
The cross-border initiative involves Staffordshire Police and their colleagues in neighbouring Derbyshire and Cheshire. Their aim is protect remote locations from unwelcome visitors in search of rich pickings.
The Moorlands neighbourhood action team have been responsible for catching criminals who have travelled into the district from as far as North Yorkshire.
The three police forces have spent the past twelve months sharing information in their determination to stop offenders in their tracks.
There are plenty of rich pickings for thieves in rural locations including expensive farm machinery in addition to the usual household valuables.
Other rural crime issues being tackled by the police include poaching, badger baiting and damage to the environment.
Anyone who spots suspicious activity in rural areas is urged to contact the police immediately by dialling 999.
A QUAD bike has been stolen from an outbuilding overnight at Horton near Leek.
The theft from the property on Heath House, Horton occurred sometime between midnight and 6am last Friday.
The machine reported stolen is a red Honda TRX 200 quad bike.
Police are also investigating the theft of a farm gate from Gratton Lane near Endon.
The gate is said to have been taken earlier this month between April 1 and April.
Anyone with information about either of these crimes is asked to make contact Staffordshire Police on 101.