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Police are flying drones over farmland in a bid to deter rural criminals in Essex. The initiative is part of Operation Buzzard, launched by Essex Police at Cherry Tree Orchard Farm, Orsett, on Saturday 24 September.
Operation Buzzard aims to reduce rural crime by making best use of the police’s specialist teams and partners across the county. Essex rural and heritage crime officer PC Andy Long said new technology and drones could help police tackle rural crime.
“The idea is that criminals in Essex won’t know when we are watching,” he said.“If you are going about your business committing a crime, you won’t know there is a drone overhead on farmland that we have permission to fly on.”