FARMERS will be delighted to see the cost of rural crime has declined by £320,000 last year.

But the reasons behind the drop are as simple as a sheep.

Police and Crime Commissioner Anthony Stansfeld said he would dedicate more resources to rural crime – going as far as to say police would attend every rural crime reported.

Two years later and rural crime is on the decrease.

It is just a shame budget restrictions mean this approach cannot be applied to more areas of crime.

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