‘We realized that there’s a feeling in rural areas that local people aren’t being listened to or taken seriously by police,’ said PC Rob Cross, the beat officer for Market Bosworth who spearheaded the deal with Sturgess Land Rover.
‘With rural crime on the increase – theft of plant, red diesel, horse tack and chainsaws – we want to be approachable, visible and interested in local issues. We’re demonstrating that we are taking it seriously.’
The TDCi hardtop 90 is the only Land Rover on Leicestershire Police’s fleet. Apart from mud terrain tyres and police livery it’s in standard spec, and is used to carry crime prevention kit, including horse tack marking equipment, gun license applications and a speed gun.
‘I’ve owned a few Land Rovers in the past, including a Series III,’ said PC Cross, ‘and little seems to have changed from the ’84 Ninety I had. The new 90 has as much charm now as it did then, and is incredibly capable off road considering it’s a pretty standard machine. I love the ride height – it enables us to see over hedges and over fences and is great for checking traffic as we pass – offenders on mobiles or not wearing seatbelts.
‘I’m really proud of the working relationship I’ve developed with Sturgess Land Rover of Leicester. They’ve been fantastically accommodating in these times of austerity.’
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