Funding to tackle horse-related crime in Warwickshire

A scheme that aims to fight horse-related crime in Warwickshire has received a £1,000 grant from the county's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Sunday, 10th April 2016, 8:00 am
Carol Cotterill, chairman of Warwickshire Horse Watch with PSCO Lauren Hughes and Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball.

As part of his annual grants scheme, Ron Ball donated the sum to the volunteer-run scheme to put towards its core funding.

Warwickshire Horse Watch is a volunteer-run scheme for horse owners, helping keep them aware of equine-related crime in their area, which enables them to take preventative action to keep their horses, tack and vehicles safe.

Its chairman Carol Cotterill said: “The commissioner has given us fantastic support over the past two years, including providing grant funding which has enabled us to reach more people with crime prevention advice and ensure that horse tack and other property can be properly security marked.

“Warwickshire Horse Watch has grown dramatically in this time to over 4,000 members. We have also been held up as examples of good practice nationally - working with the British Horse Society, British Riding Clubs and other police forces, plus assisting with the Warwickshire Police mounted support volunteers.

“I am delighted we have been able to benefit again this year from the grants scheme.”

Mr Ball also donated £5,950 towards Rugby Street Pastors, who provide support to people who are out in the town on Friday and Saturday nights.

He said: “Both of these schemes are very worthwhile recipients of grant funding and make a major contribution to keeping the county safe.

“Warwickshire Horse Watch has done amazing work to provide information and advice to horse owners across the county and is held in high regard nationally.

“Equally, Street Pastor schemes are also much-appreciated, helping to lower the tensions that often occur between intoxicated clubbers and provide support and help for the clubbers who are themselves often quite vulnerable.

Mr Ball’s term of office ends in May. The Police and Crime Commissioner election takes place across the county on May 5. In order to vote, people must be on the electoral register.

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