The fight against rural crime intensifies

West Lothian has shown that it is united in the fight against rural crime.

Beecraigs Country Park recently hosted the West Lothian Partnership Against Rural Crime (WLPARC) Information Day.

WLPARC is a multi-agency partnership involving key organizations working together to tackle rural crime and anti-social behavior within rural communities in West Lothian.

There is a lot of work going on on key issues affecting rural communities such as irresponsible access, fly spills, all-terrain vehicles, fires and greedy crime.

Representatives from Police Scotland, West Lothian Council, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, British Horse Society, National Farmers Union Scotland and Forest and Land Scotland were also in attendance, bringing firefighters’ equipment and activities for the children at the event.

President Jamie Smart said: “NFU Scotland is delighted to be working with partner organizations to help make the West Lothian countryside a safer environment for all of us who work and enjoy the beautiful areas we have in. privilege to have on our doorstep. “

West Lothian Council Chief Lawrence Fitzpatrick said: “This is a very important issue and I am delighted that it has taken place in Beecraigs. A lot of very useful information was provided that highlighted the amount of work needed to tackle rural crime and anti-social behavior. “

Constable Ross Walker added, “We are working closely with our partners to provide a range of crime prevention advice to rural communities. This information is also regularly published on our social networks.

The public also has an important role to play in helping us fight this type of crime by immediately reporting any suspicious activity to the police, so that we can respond quickly. “

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