A NEW service to give information anonymously about rural crime is being backed by an MP.

Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, has pledged his support to the ‘Rural Crime Reporting Line’.

Launched by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) in partnership with the Crimestoppers charity, the service aims to allow farmers, rural businesses and members of the public to give information about rural crimes.

These crimes include large-scale, industrial fly-tipping, hare coursing, machinery theft and livestock theft.

Mr Davies said: “Rural crime can have devastating impacts, particularly in areas such as Montgomeryshire.

“It is vital that we are all vigilant in reporting such crimes, and the new Rural Crime Reporting Line will provide an important tool in helping to rid this blight on our countryside.

“I fully support the NFU and Crimestoppers in providing a service for farmers and the public to give information anonymously about these crimes.

“With relevant information being passed to the police, this service could help to provide key leads in the pursuit of criminals and will significantly aid efforts to tackle rural crime.”

To give information or report a rural crime, call the charity on 0800 783 0137 or go to www.ruralcrimereportingline.uk