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Local wind farm funding helping to fight against rural crime

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An allocation of £13,200 from the Lissett Airfield Wind Farm Fund has enabled Humberside Police to deploy additional automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras on local roads to help tackle crime in rural locations.

This technology is becoming increasingly important in enhancing security for communities and is effective in identifying travelling criminals and more beneficial than conventional CCTV in rural areas.

The funding was secured by a local Farmwatch group working in partnership with the police.

Inspector Robert Cocker of Humberside Police explains: "This grant has enabled this modern technology to be placed in more isolated rural areas, which greatly enhances our ability to counter the more elusive mobile criminal and has already had a positive impact."

Gordon Calvert, local Farmwatch co-ordinator, added: "It is a great boost to see this technology being ramped up in the area. It encourages greater vigilance by our members resulting in higher levels of intelligence being provided to the police".

The Lissett Airfield Wind Farm Fund receives an annual contribution of around £75,000 a year from the wind farm's operator, Infinis, to support initiatives that benefit local communities in the East Wolds and Coastal Ward of the East Riding.
Councillor Jane Evison, chair of Lissett Airfield Wind Farm Fund, said: "The fund panel is delighted to have been able to support this innovative project. "Ensuring the security of rural communities is vitally important and this project is a practical example of how the fund can provide real and practical benefits to rural communities."

Members of the public will have the opportunity to learn more about this project and others supported over the past year when the fund holds its Annual Review Meeting at Hutton Cranswick Methodist Church Hall, on Thursday, 2 November, from 6pm.

For more information on the Lissett Airfield Wind Farm Fund, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/lissett-fund