Three arrested in police crackdown on rural crime

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Two men and a boy have been arrested as part of a police crackdown on rural burglaries

The trio were arrested on Tuesday night for 17 burglary and theft from vehicle offences, the majority of which occurred in Newton Blossomville overnight between Monday and Tuesday last week.

The two men, Wilson Turney, 20, of High Street South, Olney and 21 year-old Scott Cannon, of Tabard Gardens, Newport Pagnell were both charged with 17 counts of conspiracy to steal. Both men appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court on Thursday and Turney has been remanded in custody and Cannon has been conditionally released on electronic tag, both until August 1.

A 15-year-old boy from Bedford Road, Olney has been arrested on suspicion of four counts of theft from a motor vehicle, one count of burglary dwelling, six counts of burglary non dwelling and three counts of attempted theft from a motor vehicle. He has been released on bail until tomorrow.

Sergeant Andy Paulden, from the Rural Milton Keynes neighbourhood team said: “Yesterday we also ran a mobile ANPR operation in two locations which resulted in six vehicles of interest being stopped and dealt with for road traffic offences.

“This is an example of how intensive operational work can not only build intelligence on the crimes our officers our focussing on, but also detect other crimes which are of serious concern to the community.

“Newport Blossomville is one of the most isolated villages within the neighbourhoods and although these crimes don’t come under the definition of rural crime, we recognise that any crime which happens in isolated areas can have a significant impact on the community.

“We will be carrying on our high visibility patrols with the hope of disrupting and catching the criminals who are of most concern to the community.”

Each of the ten rural Local Policing Areas will hold 10 days – five in summer, five in winter – of intensive operational and crime prevention activity to tackle rural crime.

The Milton Keynes LPA began the first of their two five day stints last Monday and has been intensively patrolling ‘off the beaten track’ locations in high visibility off road vehicles.