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A number of arrests have been made in Lancashire, as the county?s police force launched a new campaign to combat rural crime.

During the week-long Operation Firecrest, two men from the Bolton area were arrested on suspicion of handling dogs for the purpose of hare poaching.

Three days later, two men were arrested in connection with diesel theft following a raid on a farm in Lancaster. One of the men was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing a police officer and theft of a motor vehicle.

Detective inspector Martin Pearson from Lancashire Police said: ?We often find that the most common type of offences in our rural communities are fuel and scrap metal theft, as well as theft of agricultural machinery.

?Criminals can be under the mistaken impression that because they are operating in rural areas they are less likely to be caught, but this is not the case.?

The rest of this article appears in the 28th September issue of Shooting Times.

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