AN INITIATIVE to combat rural crime will be launched by the police shortly.
Bodmin Area Farm Watch is an extension of neighbourhood watch and will provide information to the farming community via a group of volunteer co-ordinators working closely with the police.
It will cover an area stretching from Withiel to St Breward and Cardinham to St Mabyn and St Tudy.
Police community support officer for the Bodmin rural area, Lloyd Paynter, said he hoped to be working closely with Julie Dowton from the Bodmin Moor Commons Council on setting up the new initiative.
"I would encourage all interested parties to contact me about the farm watch scheme," said PCSO Paynter.
"Recently we have seen fuel thefts, scrap metal stolen and sheep rustling for instance, and a farm watch scheme should help to deter thieves.
"Farm watches have been launched in other parts of the country and they have proved very successful," he said.
Anyone interested in the Bodmin Area Farm Watch should contact PCSO Paynter on 101, extension 308333.
A separate event, Preventing Crime In Rural Communities will be held on Friday, February 15, from 9.30am to 4.30pm at the Royal Cornwall Showground; call 01249 700281 or visit www.regonline.co.uk/claswevents