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Bobby the police tractor tours North Yorkshire

The tractor will be at shows and events around North Yorkshire this summer.

Bobby decked out in authentic police colours

Bobby decked out in authentic police colours

Date - 15th June 2017
By - Sophie Garrod

Bobby the 'police tractor' will boldly take to the fields of North Yorkshire over the summer to help increase police engagement with rural communities.

Dozens of children from across North Yorkshire entered a competition to name the new tractor loaned to North Yorkshire Police by Ripon Farm Services.

But it was Emily Woodyatt, aged eight, of Carleton Primary School in Skipton, who won with the appropriately named ‘Bobby’.

The tractor, decked out in authentic police colours, was proudly unveiled at Newby Hall Tractor Fest last weekend.

PC David Mackay of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce was on-hand to present Emily with her prize for her winning entry.

As part of the prize, Emily’s school will enjoy a future visit by Bobby and North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce.

Last year’s nameless police tractor toured North Yorkshire community events and shows, and was extremely popular.  

However, Bobby is bigger and better than his predecessor, and is due to attend even more events.

Inspector Jon Grainge, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “We had a great response from the public at Tractor Fest, and our tractor will be at shows and events around North Yorkshire this summer.

"We’re interested in speaking to people who live and work within the rural community of North Yorkshire, finding out what matters to them, and the issues they face.”

North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce works alongside colleagues, partners and volunteers to increase engagement with rural communities, target criminals who offend in our rural areas, and provide bespoke crime prevention advice to those at risk of criminality.

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