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Special constables seize vehicle linked to rural crime

4 Jun 2021
  • Officers came across the vehicle while on patrol.

  • It had been linked to multiple rural crimes and also had no insurance, tax or MOT.

  • The occupants fled, leaving three dogs inside the vehicle.

Officers from the Special Constabulary recently seized a vehicle which had been linked to multiple rural offences across Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire.

The vehicle was spotted by officers on patrol, parked on the hard shoulder of the A1(m), near junction 5.It had no insurance, tax or MOT and had been linked to various incidents of poaching and hare coursing.

Upon sighting police, the three occupants of the vehicle fled, abandoning it in a dangerous position, with three dogs left inside.

The dogs were checked over by a vet and have been left in the care of partner agencies.

The vehicle was seized and enquiries are continuing at this time.

Sergeant Ryan Hemmings, from the Constabulary’s Rural Operational Support Team, said: “This outcome shows the valuable contribution that Special Constabulary officers make to everyday policing and demonstrates the success that proactive rural patrols can have.

“Seizing this vehicle sends a clear message and will have disrupted these individuals from committing future crimes.”

If you witness a rural crime in progress, please call 999 immediately.

In a non-emergency, you can report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call 101.

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