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    Farmwatch scheme set up in Wales to help farmers deal with crime

    NewsTuesday 26 November 2013
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    Police officers working in rural Wales have been linked with members of NFU Cymru to help bring a Farmwatch service to local farmers. 
     
    The service is offered to farmers in rural areas located north of Powys. 
     
    The Farmwatch scheme was set up in February of this year and is located in the Llanfyllin and Welshpool area. It warns farmers of any local crime and also offers advice on crime prevention to farmers. 
     
    All of the members of the scheme receive alerts and text messages, which advise them of any suspicious activity in the rural and outlying areas. Most of these alerts relate to people and vehicles. 
     
    Speaking on the NFU Cymru site, the Welshpool NFU Cymru Group Secretary, Steve Kenyon, said: “There has been a good take up of this scheme by local farmers and crime is being prevented as a result. 185 farmers are now members of the scheme but we are always looking for more new members to join.
     
    “In order for us to eliminate rural crime altogether, all farmers must work together. With everyone working together it will allow us to have extra eyes and ears on the ground looking out for the culprit.”
     
    The scheme is free to join and those wishing to become a member can contact Steve Kenyon on: 01938 552272 or email: steve_kenyon@nfumutual.co.uk, or alternatively you can contact PCSO Gary Gwilt at Welshpool Police Station by calling: 101 or email: gary_gwilt@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk

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