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Welcome to the latest edition of Rural Times - August 2021

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Welcome to the latest edition of Rural Times.

I am Chief Inspector Alex Reading - I am fortunate in my core role to be the District Commander for two very different areas; Havant and East Hants. This stretches from the coastline and beaches of Hayling Island right up through the rolling countryside around the market towns of Alton and Petersfield.

I am also Hampshire Constabulary’s Tactical Lead for Rural Policing, reporting directly to Assistant Chief Constable Maggie Blyth as our Strategic Lead. I work very closely with our expert, Rural Policing Inspector Korine Bishop - who many of you will know and have met or worked with.

The challenges facing all areas of our rural communities in the last year or so have been unprecedented. The coronavirus pandemic has placed many people in the most difficult of circumstances, and we have seen amongst other things increased feelings of rural isolation.

There has also been the knock-on effects of restaurants and bars being closed for so long and demand falling away for many of the products, which farmers and estates produce.

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We have seen crime levels overall decrease, but some types of crime have increased and sometimes in ways none of us could have predicted. For example, more people staying at home and buying dogs as family pets, then taking them out into local, rural areas without always having the knowledge and due consideration the effect their dog can have on sheep or cattle.

So as always, there is much work to be done. Key to us getting that right is us being open and transparent with you, sharing with you what we are doing and listening to your views and feedback.

One way in which we are hoping to do that is with the introduction of Barn Meets, starting this autumn. We will explain in more detail elsewhere in this publication how we see them working, but they present a great opportunity for us to meet with local communities, listen to concerns, and talk through problems and for us all to share ideas and next steps.

Finally, I would urge you to continue to report crimes and suspicious activity to us via the Hampshire Constabulary website or calling 101. As always, if a crime is in progress dial 999.

Chief Inspector Alex Reading
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