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  The following email has been received from P.C. Jon Radcliffe of Winchester  'Countrywatch'

From: winchester.countrywatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk
Sent: 27 June 2010 18:07:15
To: solent Metal Detecting Club

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am P.C 24208 Jon Radcliffe of the Hampshire Constabulary, based at Bishops Waltham.
My role with the Police is that of Countryside and Wildlife Crime Officer.
The link to the Rural Policing web page is as follows:
Hampshire Police are receiving more and more reports of the illegal use of metal detectors on private land and historic sites.
Please do not think that I am saying that Solent MDC members are engaged in illegal activity; the reason for the
contact is to meet up with representatives from local detecting clubs to establish what can be done by Clubs and the
Police to combat those persons who could potentially have an impact on your hobby, but also an impact on the
heritage of the nation.
My contact details are below.
I look forward to meeting you
Many thanks

Jon Radcliffe, P.C 24208
Countryside and Wildlife Crime Officer
Meon Valley Police Station
Hoe Road,
Bishops Waltham
SO32 1DS

Tel: 0845 045 4545 ext 643 126

Mobile: 07901 102255

Email: winchester.countrywatch@hampshire.pnn.police.uk


What is it saying or asking? What do Solent MDC members and other detectorists think?

From the Internet  ::-

"Country Watch is a rural policing initiative in Hampshire, which aims to steadily reduce crime in the countryside through working partnerships involving the police, members of the rural community and public and commercial organisations.
In addition to reducing conventional property and personal crimes, the aim of Country Watch is to tackle many types of crime which are of special concern to country people – including occupations by ‘travellers’, illegal hunting and gambling events, fly tipping etc.

Central OCU Country Watch
The Central OCU Country Watch team consists of:
PCSO Sally Beard, based at Waterlooville Police Station, covering the South of Butser area
PC Jon Radcliffe, based at Bishop's Waltham Police Station, covering the rural areas of North, Central and Southern Meon Valley and North and South Gate areas of Winchester
They are in regular contact with over 600 members of the rural community, including landowners, farmers, gamekeepers, horse owners, water balliffs and those who live there.
Regular emails and texts are sent to all members give updates on current crime trends and vehicles involved in crime. Members are active in reporting all suspicious activities to the police.

PCSO Beard and PC Radcliffe work closely with their colleagues in the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, Targeted Patrol Teams and outside agencies, including the Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, HM Revenue and Customs and local councils, to tackle all aspects of crime in the rural community. These crimes include:
Theft from farms, Fuel theft, Theft of agricultural and plant machinery, Poaching Environmental, wildlife and heritage crime.
PCSO Sally Beard has a Country Watch radio scheme in the South of Butser area, which gives farmers the means to share information between themselves and the police, including reporting suspected criminal activity. It is hoped scheme will roll out across the whole of Hampshire.

PC Jon Radcliffe says: "We want the rural community to know that we are here to help. The police need your help and support to drive criminals out of the countryside. We want them to know that if they come out into the countryside they will be seen, their vehicle details taken and passed to the police. They will then be stopped and dealt with, learning they are not welcome.
"Together, we can put a stop to rural crime."
PC Jon Radcliffe and PCSO Sally Beard can be contacted by dialling 101 or 0845 045 45 45. In an emergency, always dial 999."