Police seize quad bike during REACH community operation

A quad bike being driven anti-socially was seized by South Yorkshire Mounted Police as part of efforts to push to reassure rural communities yesterday.

For the second time in two weeks, South Yorkshire Police went into agricultural communities as part of Operation Reach, aiming to help them fight rural crime.

Police officers on horseback were patrolling land near Maltby when they confiscated a quad bike, following complaints of nuisance off-road biking.

Other officers visited 250 farms to give advice and reassurance about rural crime, including supplying farmers with forensic marking devices.

Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson said: “It’s important that farmers, their families and people living in more rural areas of South Yorkshire see that officers are there to support them and that we are there to help. The reaction to Operation Reach has been very positive and we want to keep building on these relationships.”

According to the National Farmers Union, in 2017 rural crime cost communities in South Yorkshire £643,000 and cost the whole of the UK £44.5 million.

Those worried about rural crime can follow the South Yorkshire rural crime team on Facebook at SYPRural.