Two boys charged following arsons in Long Stratton
Officers from Norfolk Police have charged two boys with arson after investigating two separate incidents in Long Stratton.
A 12-year-old boy from Long Stratton was charged on Sunday 3 July 2016 with two offences which took place on Wednesday 30 March and Thursday 31 March 2016.
A 14-year-old-boy from Long Stratton was also charged on the same day with one offence which took place on Thursday 31 March 2016.
The arsons relate to two incidents. The first took place at the junction of Manor Road and Flowerpot Lane in Long Stratton sometime between 8.30pm and 9.15pm on Wednesday 30 March 2016 when officers received reports a bin had been deliberately set on fire at a bus stop.
The next incident took place sometime between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday 31 March 2016 when a stack of straw bales was set on fire located at a farm off Church Lane in Stratton St Michael. The fire spread to a large chicken shed (containing no livestock) which was completed destroyed.
The two boys will be appearing at Norwich Youth Court on Tuesday 26 July 2016 for their first hearing.
Reassurance for rural communities as PCC joins crime network
PCC Lorne Green gave a speech to the Norfolk Rural Support Network on 4 July, ahead of attending his first meeting as a member of the National Rural Crime Network later this month.
During his election campaign, Lorne met with residents across Norfolk who highlighted a variety of problems, from fly-tipping to vehicles speeding on country lanes. He vowed that, on election, he would join other PCCs around the country in signing up to the National Rural Crime Network and championing a better understanding of crime in rural areas.
In his speech to the Norfolk network, he offered reassurance to communities, saying he wants greater recognition of the impact of rural crime so more can be done to keep people safe.
“Rural communities pay the same taxes as everyone else”, he said. “They want to know that the police and other emergency services are there for them too. The police work hard to respond, but too often the perpetrators are long gone before the crime even becomes apparent.
“The cost of crime to rural communities is £800 million – equivalent to £200 for every household in the countryside. Rural crime and policing matters, and that’s why one of my first decisions as PCC has been to join the National Rural Crime Network; I’ll be meeting the other members at the AGM later this month.”
The PCC also encouraged Norfolk’s rural communities to make their voices heard by taking part in his crime and policing consultation.
“Earlier this month I launched an eight-week public consultation, through which I want to capture the policing and crime concerns of as many people as possible. This will inform my Police and Crime Plan, which will be published in September, setting my overall priorities for the next four years.
“It is important that people in our rural communities have their say and the opportunity to influence my priorities. I am committed to working with the police, partners and communities to develop a rural crime strategy for Norfolk.”
The PCC’s public consultation will close on 12 August.
A short survey has also been set up at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk which will run until the end of the consultation period. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.
Dedicated email address: TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
Web survey: www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/TellLorne
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