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THE Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) in the North is urging those who live and work in rural areas to ensure the candidates standing for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) have an understanding of rural concerns.

Launching its manifesto on rural crime ahead of the PCC elections on 15 November, the CLA identified metal and fuel theft, poaching and fly-tipping as crimes that have a huge impact on rural businesses and communities.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “The geography of the North means that in large constituencies, rural issues are all too often overshadowed by urban concerns.

“Candidates have more potential voters in towns and cities, but they also have a responsibility to look after those in the countryside.”

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