Tackling Danger on Rural Roads

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS Our rural roads are plagued with people disregarding speed limits. Cars, vans and lorries race through our tiny villages with little to no consideration of the danger they put themselves or others in as they do so. Fatal accidents are four times as likely on rural A roads as they are on urban A roads. In village after village, the speed limit … Continue reading Tackling Danger on Rural Roads

Dog Thieves Stalk Our Countryside

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS With a dog of my own, the endearing Mr Fluffles shown in the photo, I wholly appreciate how heart-wrenching the theft of your animal can be. Pets after all are members of the family. In the last few months of lockdown, there has been an alarming rise in pet theft here in rural areas of Leicestershire and Rutland – but the same … Continue reading Dog Thieves Stalk Our Countryside

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

Rural Crime & the Police

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS This year has been tough for small businesses. None more so than those in rural areas which struggle on with all the problems that already go with keeping a business going in areas without the sorts of benefits that businesses in towns take for granted – fast broadband, high footfall and neighbouring businesses less than a mile away. This year Small Business … Continue reading Rural Crime & the Police

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

Rural Church Lead Theft

BY RUPERT MATTHEWS More must be done to save our rural church roofs. As I write, four men are awaiting sentence for the despicable crime of stealing lead from church roofs. Anyone living in a village that has suffered this crime will know of the appalling damage it can do to the community – including those who rarely cross the threshold of Christ’s building. The … Continue reading Rural Church Lead Theft

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