Policing in rural communities around Wetherby and Harewood has received a boost with neighbourhood police officers being given the free use of a vehicle by a local company.
Ripon Farm Services Ltd has provided the Wetherby and Harewood Neighbourhood Policing Team with a Land Rover Defender to replace an older vehicle that it had previously provided for free for a number of years.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said the vehicle will be a vital asset to the team in accessing outlying rural areas, liaising with farming communities for the Farm Watch scheme and helping the work of its wildlife officer in targeting issues such as badger baiting.
Inspector Paul Dwyer, head of the Wetherby and Harewood NPT, said: “Ripon Farm Services Ltd have supported policing across our rural communities for many years.
“Their undertaking to provide this replacement Land Rover will enable officers to continue to deliver a service whenever and wherever we are needed whatever the terrain or weather.
“Partnered with funding from Leeds City Councils’ Outer North East Area Committee, this additional capability really does help us fight crime and protect the public in a very practical sense.
“The Farm Watch network is well established across this area of Yorkshire and I thank Ripon Farm Services for their support.”
Funding from Leeds City Council’s Outer North East Area Committee is paying for fuel costs for both this vehicle and another Land Rover donated by Leeds firm Hesco Bastion.
Last December Ferry Fryston couple Stephen Sankey and Devon Smith were found guilty of interferring with a badger set in the Aberford area.