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Robo Crop is on the mooove

Crime fighting tractor ready for action

A police branded tractor is set to take to the fields of Dorset over the next year after BBC Radio 1 listeners named it.

BBC Radio 1’s Greg James chose the final winner following thousands of entries being submitted via the Dorset Police social media accounts and texts into the radio station.

The vehicle will be on the moooove at all major rural events this summer, including the Dorset County Show, Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show, Melplash Show and the Emergency Services Family Fun Day.

The tractor has been loaned to Dorset Police by tractor importer Kioti UK Ltd and dealers MJ Fry Agricultural Engineers, in order to help police encourage members of the public to report crime and engage with rural communities. NFU Mutual has also agreed to insure the vehicle to enable it to support crime prevention activities in other areas of the country.

Fantastic tool

Police Community Support Officer Tom Balchin, from Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team, said; “Robo Crop is a fantastic tool for us to engage with our rural communities in Dorset and it has got the county and the country talking about rural crime, which is exactly what we wanted.

It is vital that people report rural crime to Dorset Police because without people reporting intelligence, crimes and other information we can’t target rural criminals.

“If you witness a suspected rural crime in action, call 999 immediately and ask for the police. For all other enquires call Dorset Police on 101 or contact us online. If anyone wishes to report information anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team works proactively alongside colleagues, partners and volunteers to increase engagement with rural communities, target criminals who offend in our rural areas and provide bespoke crime prevention advice.

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