11th December 2017
An article by Special Constable Alan Marwood, Nottinghamshire Police Pro-Active Rural Crime Team

Winter is upon us and nature seems almost dormant. The hardy robin forages for titbits, but it starts to get harder finding any food now. Please try to feed the birds as it's hard for them to find enough food over the winter months, and some extra food keeps them strong to make it to spring. Please make however sure you provide only proper bird food and do not feed bread (it will harm the birds in the long-term - disabling their flight ability).

Even the raptors seem to be cuddling up in the tree edges; the heady days of soaring on the thermals are a distant memory. One of the greatest pleasures of being a rural Police officer is to go to a secret spot in Bassetlaw where a young buzzard sits only metres from my car. It seems, we accept each other's company; almost as if we understand how we both love the magnificent backdrop that nature has given us.

We thankfully start seeing a calming down of hare coursing. We have given this a top priority and along with our colleagues in Lincolnshire we keep up the pressure; our Lincs colleagues seized a vehicle last week.

We continue to work well with the EA and the compliance rate for legal angling is almost 100% with only a few people still chancing to fish without a licence.

We have also worked well with the Fire Service to reduce arson and this year it has paid dividends in reducing fires. Equally importantly we have reduced rural vehicle crime through pro-active operations with multiple agencies working together. The use of ANPR technology has proven to be of great help to drive down road crime.

We are vigilant against rural theft and are mounting both covert as well as high profile patrols to reassure the public, and deter criminals.

Disappointingly we still have instances were badgers have been cruelly killed. There is no reason or excuse for this, and it is illegal. We will prosecute anyone who partakes in this vile activity.

Even over the festive period remember if a crime is being committed ring us on 999 or if it's less urgent call us on 101. Crime unfortunately does not stop, but neither do we.

From everyone in the Nottinghamshire Police, wishing all our rural communities a

Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A thought for winter and Christmas

The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep.
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost