The Summer Show season in Dorset has come and gone amid glorious weather and Crimestoppers Committee members took full advantage to attend with their new marquee, display table, leaflets and banners [20 September 2013].

Shaftesbury and Gillingham in the north of the county is very popular with people coming from Wiltshire, Somerset and, of course, Dorset. Always well attended, there was plenty of interest and many callers to the stand which was staffed by volunteers Mark and Sara-Jayne Gregory and Simon Morgan.

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Mark and Simon from Dorset Crimestoppers at Shaftesbury and Gillingham Country Show

Likewise our stalwarts attended Melplash Show, near Bridport, which is aimed at those in West Dorset and over the border in Devon, with a strong agricultural emphasis, particularly the sheep farming fraternity. Our volunteers worked hard to pass on the Crimestoppers message writ loud and clear. Once more Mark and Sara-Jayne were on hand to speak to the visitors.

Finally, the main County Show held in Dorchester over two days is by far the largest and attracts huge crowds to the County Town. The Crimestoppers ethos and message was well delivered.

The Crimestoppers involvement is very appropriate given the time and effort by many people in the 'Kick Out Rural Crime' campaign days at Kingston Maurward, Dorchester that focussed on just that. The reduction of crime in the towns, villages and countryside was, and still is the aim of the organisers, and the intention is to take the Roadshow across the county next year.

Crimestoppers is an integral part of the campaign and will be fully involved again in 2014.

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Mark and Sara-Jayne were at The Melplash Show, near Bridport