Ello ello it’s Bobby the police tractor

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A unique police tractor – decked out with ‘blues and twos’ and authentic police livery visited Oatlands Infant school in Harrogate.

The tractor, named Bobby, was a popular sight at shows and events across rural North Yorkshire last summer, with thousands of people (young and old) stopping by to take a selfie with the tractor, and chat to officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce.

Youngsters at each Oatlands were chosen out of dozens who entered a competition to win a visit from the tractor loaned by Ripon Farm Services.

PC David Mackay, of North Yorkshire Police’s Rural Taskforce, said: “It’s important that young people know their local police, and understand our role, that we’re here to help them.

“That’s why it’s so great that they can meet us face-to-face, and have a bit of fun with our police tractor at the same time.”

PC Mackay added: “People who live in rural areas can be the eyes and ears of the police – knowing better than anyone when something is out-of-place, not quite right, or suspicious.

“By building strong relationships with the local community, people are far more likely to get in touch with the police to provide information which could prove crucial in spotting new crime trends or bringing offenders to justice.”