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Part of Home Department – in the House of Commons on 28th October 2019.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department

My hon. Friend is right. Rural crime blights rural communities and harms the rural economy. The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s rural affairs strategy is intended to address exactly this issue, by supporting rural communities and providing a greater focus for policing. I urge West Yorkshire police to invest in rural crime prevention through the new funding for police recruitment, training and engagement.