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Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime

Earlier this week the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime group met in Perth. The group were provided with an encouraging update on work being undertaken to tackle rural crime issues across Scotland.
Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) provided an update on the problems it is currently experiencing with people taking irresponsible access in the National Forest Estate (and outwith). In particular an increase in the use of motorised vehicles on National Forest Estate land was noted as too was the construction of unauthorised mountain bike trails by mountain bikers. Conflict between horse riders and dogs was also noted as being a rising issue, with a number of dog attacks on horses being reported in recent months.
FCS provided an update on work they are progressing to promote responsible access which includes work with other organisations. A brief overview was given about the joint promotional work FCS, British Horse Society Scotland and Kennel Club are undertaking, in addition details about the recently formed mountain-biking sub-group set up by the National Access Forum to take forward outcome focused work on tackling the problem of unauthorised mountain bike trails was also discussed.
Police Scotland provided an operational update for each of the regions and highlighted a Hare Coursing campaign East Lothian are running which is aimed at encouraging reporting of incidences.
An update on Rural Watch was provided. The scheme continues to grow and members are encouraged to get involved in local schemes in their area and to report any suspicious activity. In October Police Scotland will be running a campaign to raise awareness of the scheme and to encourage greater participation in it. You can join the scheme here...



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