Reviving Rural Policing

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS In 2019, rural crime cost the UK £54.3million, the highest total cost in eight years with every region in the country seeing an increase in rural crime. Rebecca Davidson, Rural Affairs Specialist for the NFU, wrote the following in the NFU’s 2020 Rural Crime Report: ‘Rural crime is like a wave as organized criminality spreads through our villages, farms and fells, affecting … Continue reading Reviving Rural Policing

Finn’s Law & Police Dogs

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS Working dogs have been a part of the English countryside for longer than England itself has existed. The less said about the old Celtic battle dogs the better, but herding dogs and hunting dogs are familiar figures as they trot across the English countryside with their humans. Indeed, many of our most popular pet breeds were originally bred for rural work. Leaving … Continue reading Finn’s Law & Police Dogs

Zulu, Volunteers & Rural Policing

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS Those of you familiar with the great movie “Zulu” may recall the scene early on where a detachment of Boer volunteer cavalry led by Mr Stevenson arrive at Rorke’s Drift to tell Lieutenant Chard (played by Stanley Baker) that his regiment had been wiped out and that 4,000 Zulu are on their way to destroy his isolated outpost. The exchange that follows … Continue reading Zulu, Volunteers & Rural Policing