05 July 1999
SAS to help fight rural crime

A NEW undercover squad made up of ex-SAS soldiers, gamekeepers and estate managers is being formed to fight rural crime, reports The Daily Telegraph.

CFV Limited, based in Penrith, Cumbria, has been set up by an ex-SAS officer.

He will be recruiting staff, to work covertly, who will aim to identify and track down poachers, rustlers and organised gangs of burglars.

More details will be announced this week at the Royal Show at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

The move comes in the wake of an unprecedented crime wave in the countryside.

The NFU Mutual Insurance Society estimates from its own claims figures that rural crime cost £93 million last year, including the theft of 30,000 vehicles worth £73m.

Thefts of farm machinery and equipment cost the Mutual £14.2m, while livestock rustling accounted for £4m.

  • The Daily Telegraph 05/07/99 page 9