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Cash boost for rural crime scheme
A scheme set up to tackle crime in the countryside is expanding.

The Lincolnshire Farm and Country Watch scheme has been awarded a grant of 90,000 to help fund improvements.

The money, from Lincolnshire Enterprise, will help recruit extra members as well as someone to run the scheme from police headquarters.

Organisers hope attracting people who live in the countryside will help the police build a bigger picture of the rural crime scene in the county.

It will also pay for full time administrative support.

During the next year a new Ringmaster system will be implemented, to send information by phone, fax and email to members across the county.

The scheme works by encouraging better co-ordination and communication between farmers, farming groups, householders and the police.

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