Rural crime costs county £1.3m

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Countryside criminals cost Lancashire £1.3m in 2012, new figures show.

Data published in the National Farmers’ Union Mutual Rural Crime Survey, based on insurance claims, show quad bikes topped thieves’ wish lists in the county.

Tools and vehicles have also proved popular items.

Nationally, so-called ‘agri-crime’ has fallen 19.7 per cent from £52.7m in 2011 to £42.3m in 2012.