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Parish constables in Bedfordshire aim to cut rural crime

The first dedicated parish constables in Bedfordshire are being brought in to try to reduce the amount of rural crime.

PCC Olly Martins has started Operation Salcoats, bringing together special constables and community watch members.

Mr Martins said rural communities had been calling for action to cut crime, such as house burglaries, in isolated areas.

He said it was part of his commitment to more "visible policing".

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