Officers and staff from Lewes Prevention team, including staff from restorative justice and Prevention Support, attended the Laughton and District Agricultural Society’s annual ploughing match this year held at Place Farm, in Firle.

As well as bringing along the Sussex Police engagement van to facilitate informal discussion, crime recording and crime prevention advice, the team raised awareness of current priorities, such as knife crime, county lines and rural burglaries.

It was also an opportunity for Lewes PCSOs Fenn and Stainer to introduce themselves, and meet local farmers and residents to talk about their concerns and to share information from their enhanced rural patrols that they have been conducting; PCSOs Fenn and Stainer are both responsible for patrolling our more rural villages, including Ditching, Newick, Plumpton, Wivesfied, Chailey and Cooksbridge, where a more visible presence has been given in more recent months by both PCSOs.

Well done- sometimes we forget the countryside needs police protection too.