Criminals in rural areas across Shropshire have been targeted in a police crackdown.

West Mercia Police have also carried out Operation Farmwatch in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire as well as Telford & Wrekin.

Over the past three nights officers have been out on patrol in some of our most rural areas.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: "We know that the majority of rural crime is committed by travelling criminals, people who are often part of a larger organised network, who travel into our counties to commit crime and as part of our protect campaign we're committed to disrupting and dismantling these crime groups.

"As part of this three day operation we have provided a highly visible police presence in some of our most rural areas across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin to send a clear message to criminals travelling through our counties they're not welcome."

Officers from Safer Neighbourhood Teams, CID and the newly-formed Local Policing Priority Teams were supported by volunteers from the Special Constabulary to carry out the operation.

Operation Farmwatch saw vehicles stopped and checked with arrests made for drug offences and drink driving.

Highly visible reassurance patrols were carried with officers stopping and speaking to people parked up in laybys to check they were ok, in particular lorry drivers parked up for the night.

Key routes throughout the areas counties were targeted along with smaller country lanes.

The aim of the operation was to send a clear messagethat police will take steps to disrupt criminals as well as to reassure to communities.

Chief Supt Purcell added: "I'm really pleased with the results and would like to offer my assurances to our local communities that this operation was not a one off, we will continue to carry out similar operations over the coming months and continue to do all we can to protect our communities."