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2014 Country Crime Fighters Awards

Winner of the 2014 national crime-fighting award is...Kent Police Rural Liaison Team

The Rural Liaison Team is responsible for dealing with rural crime in Kent.

In over 200 joint operations, the team has helped to prosecute many offenders and recover items of stole property within the rural community.

Kent Police has also created a ‘Rural Matters’ magazine to help reduce crime levels by keeping the community informed. 

Winners video

Details of the regional winners are listed below.

If you have any questions about the Awards, please email:

Previous winner

Warwickshire Horse Watch talks about its experience as winner of the 2013 NFU Mutual Country Crime Fighters Community Award and urges horse owners to take advantage of free crime prevention initiatives to protect their tack from thieves.



Country Crime Fighters Awards 2014


The Country Crime Fighters Awards 2014 engaged with people from all over the country as individuals nominated themselves for a regional award. Following successful nomination, regional winners competed for a place in the final and were invited to attend the awards ceremony in London with the chance to be crowned national winner of the Country Crime Fighters Awards 2014.

Individuals were rewarded for their efforts for crime prevention across nine regions with cash prizes available to help fund anti-crime initiatives.

Bigger cash prizes! 

National winner: £1,500

National runners-up: £1,000

Regional winners: £500

Why are we doing this?


A note from Richard Percy, Chairman of NFU Mutual

“As the UK's leading rural insurer and part of the fabric of country life, we have a responsibility to offer continued support to rural communities in their on-going fight against crime.

"To celebrate the resourceful, inventive, yet often unrecognised individuals and communities who take an active stance against rural crime, we are proud to run the NFU Mutual Country Crime Fighters Awards.

"Be it a member of the public, anti-crime group, local policeman or one of our own Agents, this competition aims to celebrate and reward fantastic examples of crime prevention activity taking place in the countryside."

2014 judges


Simon PrinceSimon Prince -

Chief Constable at Dyfed-Powys Police

Simon Prince joined Gwent Police in 1990, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. In March 2013, he was appointed as Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police, the largest police force area in England and Wales, covering over 4,000 square miles, most of it rural. Simon is now the national policing lead for wildlife and rural crime.


Claire Worden -

Chairman of NFYFC

Claire Worden is the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Chairman for 2014. Claire, from Lostwithiel YFC, is also part of the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (FYFC). During her year as Chairman, Claire plans to head up a campaign about rural isolation to help raise awareness about the unique challenges young people face who live in the countryside and to demonstrate the support Young Farmers’ Clubs can offer.


Joe ShuteJoe Shute -

Feature writer for the Daily Telegraph

Joe Shute is a features writer at the Daily Telegraph. With a keen interest in rural affairs, Joe has written stories about the traditional methods of farming and has also reflected on the importance of preserving the countryside’s beauty and diversity. Joe possesses a strong connection to nature and the environment.




Nick Payne

Nick Payne -

Rural Services Network

Nick has extensive experience of working closely with rural communities and has been a part time consultant for the Rural Services Network for the last 3 years. He is currently responsible for the RSN's latest initiatives in respect of rural crime and rural health and leads the Rural Services Partnership.


Richard PercyRichard Percy -

NFU Mutual Chairman

Richard was appointed Chairman of NFU Mutual in January 2012. He joined the Mutual Board in 2003 and became Vice Chairman in 2008. Richard has also held a number of roles at the National Farmers Union. He is a lifelong farmer in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.



2014 regional shortlist


Congratulations to our 2014 regional finalists:

Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch

Rickinghall and Botesdale Neighbourhood Watch

Skegness Crime Prevention Panel

Trimpley Watch

Northampton Horsewatch

Staffordshire Horsewatch

Cleveland Rural Crime Team

Northumbria Police Neighbourhood Policing Team

Teesdale and Weardale Farmwatch Scheme

Cumbria Horsewatch

PC Mike Dawber of Cheshire Police

Crimestoppers UK

Kent Police Rural Liaison Team

Wokingham Rural Crime Action Group

Dorset Crimestoppers

Senior Citizen Liaison Team

Kington 'Stop that Thief' campaign

Gwent Police Farmwatch

NFU Farmwatch

North Wales Police Rural Crime Team


Megargy and District Game Conservation Society

2014 national and regional winners announced


Winner: Kent Police Rural Liaison Team

Highly Commended: Senior Citizen Liaison Team (Somerset)
Highly Commended: Gwent Police Farmwatch



South West

Winner: Senior Citizen Liaison Team (Somerset)

Highly Commended: Kington 'Stop that Thief' campaign

Highly Commended: Dorset Crimestoppers


North West

Winner: Knutsford Rural Watch scheme - PC Mike Dawber

Highly Commended: Cumbria Horsewatch



Winner: Cambridgeshire Countryside Watch

Highly Commended: Skegness Crime Prevention Panel

Highly Commended: Rickinghall and Botesdale Neighbourhood Watch


North East

Winner: Cleveland Rural Crime Team

Highly Commended: Teesdale and Weardale Farmwatch Scheme

Highly Commended: Ian Hall (Northumbria Volunteer)


South East

Winner: Kent Police Rural Liaison Team

Highly Commended: Wokingham Rural Crime Action Group

Highly Commended: Crimestoppers UK (Wallington)


Northern Ireland

Winner: Megargy District Game Conservation Society



Winner: Highlands and Island Police Farmatch



Winner: Gwent Police Farmwatch

Highly Commended: NFU Farmwatch (Powys)

Highly Commended: North Wales Police Rural Crime Team (Colwyn Bay)



Winner: Staffordshire Horsewatch

Highly Commended: Northamptonshire Horsewatch

Highly Commended: Trimpleywatch (Worcestershire)