Rural crime hot spots targeted

A CROSS-BORDER operation to tackle rural crime has been hailed a success with more than 30 vehicles being stopped in an overnight initiative involving police officers from Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

Operation Weston, an intelligence-led exercise, targeted crime hot spots as a direct response to rural crime.

Teams of officers were out in rural areas, including Chiddingfold, where there have been recent reports of shed and garage breaks.

Tom Budd, Surrey police inspector for Waverley borough, said: “This latest activity succeeded in demonstrating to offenders that police are determined to crack down on anyone entering or living in the borough that is intent on acting criminally.

“It showed the community that Surrey Police is tackling rural crime and the message to everyone is that this is just one strand of an ongoing determined initiative to combat offending.

“The latest initiative saw several suspects linked to shed break-ins in the area stopped.

“The operation directly disrupted criminal activity, which has been demonstrated by a reduction in the number of rural crimes reported.”