Police unveil fully liveried tractor to raise awareness of rural crime
Police in Wales have unveiled a tractor with full battenburg livery and flashing blue lights to raise awareness of the crimes rural areas face.
This new police vehicle was launched this week at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show in Llanelwedd near Builth Wells in the centre of Wales.
The tractor may not be involved in high-speed chases on rural roads or take to the streets to carry out patrols, but officers hope that it will raise awareness of Dyfed Powys Police's work to combat rural crime.
Police hope that this striking tractor will get rural communities' attention and encourage public engagement at agricultural events held across during the summer.
"We're very impressed with this new piece of kit - and are hoping it'll encourage people to come and have a look and to then speak to us at events over the summer" Inspector Tim Davies from the Dyfed Powys Police is quoted as saying by ITV.
"Engagement with our rural communities is important to us. We're sure it will appeal to children and adults alike, and as part of the fun why not have your photo taken with the police tractor."
This liveried tractor is on loan to Dyfed Powys Police and will be returned later this year. Police forces in other parts of the country have also used specially decorated police vehicles to support a number of their campaigns: Last week Greater Manchester Police unveiled its own rainbow-patterned police car as part of its stand against homophobic crimes in the city.