Rural crime will be top of the  agenda at a meeting being hosted by Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner in Snettisham on Tuesday evening.

The event will give people the chance to question Lorne Green and a panel of experts about all aspects of rural crime.

Mr Green will also give an update on his rural policing strategy, launched in the autumn, and discuss what Norfolk Police are doing to tackle the issue.

The commissioner hosted a rural crime summit in November where, alongside PCCs for Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, he signed a rural crime concordat pledging to work across county borders to tackle the issues affecting rural communities.

“People in Norfolk have told me about their crime and policing concerns and what they feel they needed from the police to feel safer living or working in their local area,” Mr Green said.

“I have pledged to take up their concerns and drive forward Norfolk’s approach to tackling rural crime.

“The aim of the barnstorming event is to give people who live and work in the rural community the opportunity to find out more about what our police are doing to address their concerns about police visibility, to tackle feelings of isolation, help them feel more engaged with their police service, and encourage the reporting of rural crime.”

Acting Inspector Mark Askham of Norfolk Constabulary’s Community Safety and Citizens in Policing Command, added: “The rural geography of Norfolk presents the police a set of challenges which require a partnership approach to preventing and detecting crime and making our communities feel safer.

“We have invested in technology such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras, created a dedicated rural crime task force and continued to build stronger community relationships.

“The barnstorming event is an opportunity to provide a voice to rural communities which will in turn help shape our policing response.”

The meeting is being held at Snettisham Park visitors’ centre, in Bircham Road, from 7.30pm to 9pm. Refreshments will be served from 7.15pm.

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