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RURAL AREAS: Barn Meet brings together local farmers across Hertsmere, St Albans, Welwyn and Hatfield

 Published on: 8th June 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Farmers and landowners from neighbouring areas came together to discuss rural issues at a Barn Meet held at in Radlett.

On May 25, farmers across Hertsmere, St Albans, Welwyn and Hatfield met at Blackbirds Farm in Kemprow for the Barn Meet event. The Bushey and Radlett Safer Neighbourhood Team organised the meeting, and police and other agencies were able to highlight what they are doing to help and safeguard rural areas.

On the day, colleagues from the police force’s specialised Rural Operational Support Team (ROST), Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, Chief Constable Charlie Hall, and the National Farmers Union were among the speakers.

Fly-tipping, theft of agricultural equipment, off-road riding, trespassing, and livestock worrying were among the topics discussed.

Hertsmere Borough Council representatives and police from the St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield policing units, as well as Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor John Graham, were in attendance.

Bushey and Radlett neighbourhood sergeant Iain Brunt said: “Barn meets have always proved popular and are a great way to engage directly with our rural communities. They face issues which are very different to our urban communities and, whilst we have good working relationships with farmers and landowners in Hertsmere, Barn Meets enable us to bring them together to talk collectively.

Police and crime commissioner for Hertfordshire David Lloyd said: “I go to these barn meetings to hear first-hand of those issues affecting farmers and rural communities, and to let them know what is being done and to find out where more work needs to be done.

“I know how people in remote locations can feel frightened and intimidated by criminals who come on to private land to steal, fly-tip or hare course.

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