POLICE chiefs are looking to step up the fight against rural and wildlife crime with a new tractor.
Staffordshire Police will now be used for a raft of operations by officers who are charged with detecting and tackling rural and wildlife crime.
This renewed effort comes despite latest figures showing rural crime has dropped from 20 per cent in 2011 to 13.7 per cent last year.
Inspector Geoff Knight, of Staffordshire Police, said: “The area has some very isolated rural communities and rural crime is an issue that affects many who live and work in these areas.
“The farming communities are sometimes very difficult to engage with as they are clearly very busy people.
“A tractor like this has great potential to help us create engagement opportunities, highlight the issues of rural crime and what we can all do to help prevent it. We are determined to reduce rural crime further and its impact on residents and businesses.”