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Sunday 26 February 2017

Police tractor to make sure there's nowhere to run

Bruce Lett

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It's no Batmobile, but one British police force is hoping its new vehicle will be the next best thing in its fight against rural crime.

Such is the problem in parts of the UK that Lincolnshire Police has taken the unusual step of decking out a John Deere 6630 tractor in official police stripes, complete with a blue light on its roof.

Attraction

According to the force, it has been the star attraction at various farmers' markets, auctions and events across the county throughout the autumn.

The police tractor was intended to be a crowd-puller and draw the attention of the public to the force's work being undertaken to combat rural crime.

The idea for the 'blue-light tractor' came from Chief Inspector Phil Vickers, who is responsible for Community Safety in the East Division of Lincolnshire Police.

"The tractor looks like a bit of fun but its purpose is to capture the public's attention and deliver the message that we take rural crime seriously" said Chief Inspector Vickers.

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"We recognise that, when a working vehicle is stolen, it has a massive impact on businesses and livelihoods.

"However, there are steps that individuals can take to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of rural crime, and this month's initiative is all about making them aware of the deterrents available.

"We are delighted to have the support of John Deere UK, who have allowed us to use the tractor free of charge, and the NFU [National Farmers' Union], who have funded the change of livery," he added.

Bruce Lett

Irish Independent