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MP responds to news that rural crime cost Warwickshire £1.7million last year

Matt Western MP calls on the Government to ‘step in’ and provide more investment to tackle the issue.


A report by NFU Mutual released today (4th August) suggests rural crime in Warwickshire in 2019 was the 7th most costly in the UK, and up 8.5% from the year before.


Responding to the figures, Matt Western, the MP for Warwick and Leamington said:


“Rural crime is costing Warwickshire farmers and rural communities dearly, and that cost is rising. I’ve been working closely with the police and the NFU to raise awareness of and tackle issues such as sheep butchery, which local farmers are increasingly facing. This led to the welcomed establishment of a rural crime unit within Warwickshire Police who are doing great work, but more must be done.


“I’ve been urging the Government to step in – they promised to meet with me last year to discuss what can be done, but they never did. I’ll keep on lobbying for more investment in rural policing to ensure our farmers can get on with doing their important jobs without the fear of crime.”