New dedicated Crimestoppers number set up to tackle rise in rural crime

The NFU has partnered with the charity Crimestoppers to launch the Rural Crime Reporting Line, a service through which you can anonymously give information about four rural crimes.

Rural crime is on the rise and it is a serious issue for farmers, businesses and those who live in the countryside. Whether it is fly-tipping, hare coursing, livestock theft or machinery theft, rural crime has a devastating effect on farms and other rural businesses.

You can either call the dedicated Rural Crime Reporting Line on 0800 783 0137 or visit to give information anonymously about one of these four crimes:

  • Large-scale, industrial fly-tipping
  • Hare coursing
  • Livestock theft
  • Machinery theft

The service was unveiled to MPs at a launch event in Westminster, where they were urged to encourage constituents to use the service and give information about these crimes in their area.

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