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Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner says drones could be used to help fight rural crime in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 20:43 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 21:08 15 May 2017

Norfolk’s newly-elected PCC, Lorne Green, highlighting the work of the voluntary sector as he is officially sworn in for a four-year term 
Lorne made  his formal Declaration of Office at the Safe Haven Project on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

Norfolk’s newly-elected PCC, Lorne Green, highlighting the work of the voluntary sector as he is officially sworn in for a four-year term Lorne made his formal Declaration of Office at the Safe Haven Project on Prince of Wales Road in Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams

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Drones could soon be patrolling the skies above rural Norfolk to help target illegal hare coursers operating in the county according to Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner.

Lorne Green, who became the county’s second ever police and crime commissioner when he was elected in May last year, has made rural crime one of his policing priorities and hinted drones might be a way of providing a presence in rural areas.

Mr Green, who said the number of officers dedicated to tackling rural crime had increased from six to 23 in the past year, said: “Keep your eyes over the skies of rural Norfolk and look out for some police drones.

“If anyone out there has any ideas about trying hare coursing they had better look up because we’re going to have our eyes on you.

“No more keystone cops running across farmer’s fields... within five or 10 minutes we will pick them up.”

Mr Green was speaking during a Facebook Live chat at our head office in Norwich on Monday, May 15 held to mark a year since he started working in the role.

There were about 150 questions received during the live Q&A with topics covered including neighbourhood watch schemes, low turn out for PCC elections, break-ins, domestic abuse and cyber crime.

Mr Green said a “poor job” had been done of promoting the role of the police and crime commissioner in the past but insisted as a result of the position police were more visible and accountable than before.

He urged anyone who had experienced problems linked to crime to call his office and insisted “we will come to you”.

Mr Green said domestic abuse was among the “main types of crime” being committed in Norfolk with the control room taking between 40 to 50 calls a day about this “plague of abominable, abysmal” behaviour.

Mr Green said more would be done to help support neighbourhood watch groups so they could in turn do their bit work to keep the county safe.

He said: “We have 1,472 pairs of police eyes to prevent and fight crime but 890,000 pairs of eyes in this county so the relationship between the community and the police is absolutely essential.”

When asked if he thought his job was a “waste of money” Mr Green said the public would be the judges of that at the next election.


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