Lincolnshire Police crack down on rural crime in Market Rasen, Louth and Horncastle

Operation Aardwolf.

Operation Aardwolf.

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Lincolnshire Police were involved in a crackdown on rural crime at the weekend following a ‘spate’ of incidents in Market Rasen, Louth and Horncastle.

Recent crimes included burglaries to farms, workshops and garages with tools, agricultural vehicles and Land Rover 4x4s having been stolen.

Police say they also received reports of people driving across land using 4X4 vehicles and quad bikes causing damage to crops, gates and fences.

Last weekend, a specialist team of regular officers, special constables, PCSOs and volunteers from Caistor, Louth and Market Rasen worked together to conduct patrols, vehicle stops and checks on vulnerable premises throughout the night.

Police say ‘some good intelligence’ came out of the operation and has provided officers with a number of lines of enquiry.

PC Chris Bell, who was one of the officers involved in the operation, tagged ‘Aardwolf’, said: “We understand the effect these crimes have been having on victims and the rural communities and as a result have been making proactive efforts to address this issue.

“By tackling these issues head-on and ensuring we have a very visible presence in these areas we hope it will deter criminals and put a stop to their offending.

“We rely greatly on information and intelligence from the public.

“If you have anything you think might be relevant, or even just have any suspicions about particular people or activity, please contact us on 101 as soon as possible.

“Sometimes even the smallest piece of information can be all we need to bring offenders to justice.”