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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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New role for Appleby's police support officer

Appleby's police support officer is off to a new role in the Eden Farmwatch scheme.

Appleby PCSO photo
Gemma Threlkeld, right, with Karen Dakin

PCSO Gemma Threlkeld will be replaced by PCSO Karen Dakin and said she would miss everyone she got to know in the town over the past six years.

“I have formed close relationships during the last six years,” she said. “I am Cumbrian born and bred and from a farming background.

“I understand that everyone has individual needs and the farming community is one that I recognise as being unique.

“I am looking forward to developing in my new role and working with partners to encourage new volunteers to join Farm Watch.”

Sergeant John Chambers, from the Eden Policing Team, said she would be a miss to the area.

“However, her new role is vitally important to the rural communities,” he said.

“As Eden Farm Watch Development and Co-ordination officer she is looking forward to the new challenge.

“She enjoys learning new things and has many ideas how to progress this initiative.”

Since the start of the proactive side of the Farm Watch scheme, which began at the end of 2011, the number of reported suspicious incidents has increased from two per week to a recent average of five per day. Thefts have fallen by 13 per cent in rural areas, which police described as being “massive downturn” from a crime that had soared by nearly a third in the past four years.

PCSO Karen Dakin joined the Eden team a month ago. “I have worked as a PCSO for nearly seven years in South Cumbria, as part of the Kendal Rural East area,” she said.  “I am looking forward to transferring those skills within my new role as a PCSO based at Appleby. 

“I anticipate new challenges and rewards, not least the Appleby Horse Fair. I live locally in the Appleby area and I will enjoy the prospect of working within my own community.”

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