An MP is calling for an independent task force to take on rural crime.

Devon MP Richard Foord, who represents Uffculme and Culmstock, has introduced a bill to parliament which would force the government to produce a rural crime strategy.

It comes after a report by the NFU found farmers were losing millions of pounds worth of equipment to thieves each year.

Mr Foord said: "When it comes to tackling crime, rural communities have been forgotten by the Conservatives for too long.  

“The fact the Government refuses to say when they last met with rural stakeholders about tackling crime speaks volumes about how much they’re taking our area for granted. 

“Ministers cannot continue to turn a blind eye to this growing problem, every day they fail to act is another day of pain and misery for those who fall victim to these criminals. 

“The time for warm words is over. We now need to see real action to bring people together and ensure everyone living in rural areas is protected.”