Police discover charitable farmer
15 March 2006

According to the Daily Mail, a farmer, aggravated by the lack of police in his area, has bought his local force a new Discovery. The only proviso is that it must be used for patrols within a ten mile radius of his home near Sheringham in Norfolk.

Clive Hay-Smith decided to take matters into his own hands after a series of problems with local vandals.

His elderly parents’ front door was kicked in and his vehicles were vandalised. But the final straw came when 800 ravers drove into one of the cornfields on his 40 acre farm. Having set up tents and large sound systems, they left the field strewn with rubbish that took three weeks to clear up.

Mr Hay-Smith called the police, but they said they were only able to ‘monitor the situation’, as the partygoers were not violent.

The TDV6 Discovery cost £30,000 including police livery, two mountain bikes and a year’s running costs. The car will be shared by three new community support officers, which should ease the strain of the 370 officers currently required to cover 55 villages, 4 towns and a 20 mile stretch of coastline.

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