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Welcome to Countryside Watch

Countryside Watch is for rural residents to work together, as well as working together with the Police and other Agencies to bring down crime within our Countryside.

The volunteer civilian (Tricia) encourages residents to report any and all incidents to the Police immediately; to raise awareness to crime reduction information and to assist in reducing crime within the rural areas and beyond.

The Police can be contacted by calling 101 if it is not an emergency or 999 if it is urgent. See here for guidance on calling 101/999.

This website is for anyone and everyone who has an interest in reducing crime and protecting their property within the rural Community - regardless of location and the information contained within this website can be used by anyone within the rural Community of the UK or abroad.


The Neighbourhood Policing Team are looking to work alongside the Rural Task Force with setting up a “Rural Watch” for the Derwent Valley area.

There are currently other groups being run successfully in the Ryedale and Whitby area.

Rural Watch is made up of volunteers from rural communities across North Yorkshire working together as ‘watches’ to assist NYP with the prevention and detection of rural and wildlife crime. Communications are through a WhatsApp group, and on watch night patrols. (Volunteers are required to be vetted)

North Yorkshire Police are looking to set up a watch group in the Derwent Valley area and need suitably motivated community members to be a part of it. NYP will work closely with watch members in monitoring the comings and goings in your area and reporting any suspicious activity through the watch group as well as through the usual reporting system of 101 and 999. If you are interested in being actively involved in the policing of the community in which you live then please contact PCSO Simon Clapcott 5538 or PCSO Ria Lockey 5208 for more information and to show expressions of interest.









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