Villagers are reaping the benefits six months after a new role was created to help tackle rural crime.
Stratford-on-Avon District Council appointed Lucy Lambert as its first rural crime co-ordinator in August last year and since then she has been hard at work making rural crime a thing of the past.
The post, funded by Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball, is part of a drive to engage with rural communities, provide advice to victims of crime and improve crime prevention awareness across the district; which is 78 per cent rural.
Ms Lambert said: “Every day provides a different challenge, but the message remains the same; if we can help residents across feel safer, provide crime prevention advice to reduce the likelihood of them becoming a victim and offer an additional service to those who have experienced a crime, we are telling residents that although you may feel isolated geographically, you are not alone. Working together we will reduce crime and the fear of crime.”
At the end of last year Shotteswell residents attended a marking event which was organised by Ms Lambert and resident Val Ingram of the parish council.
Mrs Ingram said: “We would love to promote this for other villages to get to hear about this and Lucy’s new role.”