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Leicestershire police tractor to drive out rural crime

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The National Farmer's Union has joined forces with Leicestershire Police to try to drive out rural crime with a police tractor.

A John Deere tractor, complete with police livery and a flashing blue light, has been borrowed from police in Lincolnshire.

It is part of an operation called 'Iron Acton' to try and prevent tractor thefts, which are on the rise in the Melton and Rutland area.

Organised crime is costing farmers across the East Midlands millions of pounds a year according to the NFU.

The union believes the region is a key target for thieves stealing tractors for export.

BBC Leicester's Victoria Hicks spoke to Peter Ellison, a farm manager, Alison Pratt from the NFU in the East Midlands and Inspector Johnny Monk to find out more.

The police tractor will be on display at various community events in Leicestershire and Rutland during October and November 2010.

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