When news happens, text BAZ and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Police volunteers form mounted patrols for Hampshire countryside
HORSE riders in Hampshire will patrol country lanes as part of a new police initiative.
Twelve riders and members of the Hampshire Horsewatch scheme have become police volunteers and will take part in the new Rural Mounted Patrols.
They will look out for crime such as fly-tipping, theft, deer poaching and sheep rustling, and report back to the police control room if they see anything suspicious.
Mary Rampton will patrol lanes around Tunworth, Mapledurwell, Upton Grey and Greywell, while Jayne Chewter and Charley Sutherland will cover those areas plus Weston Patrick.
Mrs Rampton said: “My pony and I enjoy riding the bridleways, farmland and around the local lanes. Meeting people and gaining their confidence in what I am doing is very satisfying.”
Each new volunteer will wear high-visibility jackets with the blue and white diced branding of the police.
They have no more powers of arrest than any other citizen, are obliged to work eight hours a month and have to provide their own horse.
David Collings, Hampshire Horsewatch co-ordinator, said: “With the reduction of funding being experienced within the police service, there is a need to be as dynamic and imaginative as we can to cover rural policing in Hampshire.”
Chief Inspector Simon Dodds, Hampshire Constabulary’s lead on rural policing, said: “Having police volunteers on horseback is an exciting development in how rural areas of the force are patrolled.”
Comments are closed on this article.