Rural Crime Action Team

We have a team of officers who are dedicated to combatting rural crime in the county.

The Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) was reformed in April 2016 following concerns from the local community.

The team combats issues including hare coursing and poaching, as well as using specialist knowledge to deal with other aspects of rural crime including plant/tractor theft, heritage crime, arson, wildlife crime and illegal raves. Raising awareness of crime prevention strategies is also be a part of their role.

Hare coursing causes damage to crops, harms animal welfare and threatens the rural economy. At times it can result in intimidation and even violence.

The re-launch of the team was supported by the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association and Countryside Watch.

To report an incident of rural crime please call 101 or 999 in an emergency. To contact the Rural Crime Action Team directly, please email

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