Rural Crime Team
North Wales Police are committed to reducing crime and anti-social behaviour. It is vital that we deliver a high quality service to all our communities, whatever challenges they face.
As a large proportion of North Wales is rural, it is important that we focus on the specific criminality affecting these areas. Our bespoke rural crime operational delivery plan helps us to engage with you, the rural community, to address your concerns.
Areas we focus on include:
- Improving crime prevention and security
- Thefts from rural areas of equipment, diesel, scrap metal and vehicles
- Theft of livestock
- Wildlife and environmental crime
- Having a presence at Farmers’ Markets and agricultural events
- Reducing arson
- Communicating effectively with rural communities using texts and e-mails
- Dealing with emerging issues to maintain public safety
The Rural Crime Team covers the whole of North Wales and is made up of a manager, four full time police constables and three full time Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). We also have full support from the Special Constabulary, with recent appointments to the team to support our policing objectives.
The team analyse crime trends and patterns every day, using the data to target specific problems and focus our resources where they are most needed. We have been at the forefront of many investigations and successful prosecutions for a variety of offences.
You can contact the Rural Crime Team by phoning 101.
You can also follow us on Twitter.
Meet the Team
Rob Taylor – Team Manager
Rob was a police officer for over 30 years, 21 of which at sergeant rank. Having previously served on the force helicopter and as a hostage negotiator for over 10 years, he was appointed as the force wildlife officer in 2007, before becoming Rural Crime Team manager.
He has a vast amount of experience, in particular in regards to wildlife law and investigations and has seen through many complex prosecutions. He was responsible for the setting up of the current rural crime team and has taken the lead of its promotion, including public presentations and the innovative use of social media. This has been replicated by many others throughout the UK.
Rob was awarded the Queens Police Medal (QPM) in the Queens birthday honours list in 2016 for his work in tackling rural crime.
PC Dewi Evans – Gwynedd & Anglesey
Phone: 07827 306179
PC Dewi Evans grew up in rural Dyffryn Ogwen. After finishing school he completed a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology at Aberystwyth University and an MA in Countryside Management at Bangor University. He has previously worked for the Countryside Council for Wales in a variety of roles including being a warden at Coedydd Aber National Nature Reserve (Abergwyngregyn), monitoring the seabed with video cameras off the Welsh coast, and monitoring climate and other long-term changes on Snowdon.
Dewi has also worked as a Conservation Officer in East Conwy and Denbighshire where he developed a good relationship with the farming community. He has a keen interest in the countryside and assists friends with sheep farming on a regular basis.
He has almost 10 years’ service with North Wales Police, where he has worked as a Response Officer based at Holyhead, an Investigations Officer based at Pwllheli and a member of the Proactive Crime Team at Porthmadog. Dewi is a fluent Welsh speaker.
PC Dave Allen – Conwy & Denbighshire
Phone: 07920 084361
PC Dave Allen has been an officer with the North Wales Police for 16 years. During his service with the force he has been stationed as a response officer in Colwyn Bay, Flint and Holywell. Previously he has been stationed in Mostyn along with a team of three PCSOs. His beat covered a large rural area where he had a large amount of daily interaction with the agricultural community.
Dave has first hand experience of the devastation to people’s livelihoods that can be caused by the theft and damage of farm machinery and livestock. He appreciates the impact that such crime can have on our close knit rural communities, in terms of the economic costs and people’s perceived fear of crime.
He has a degree in Environmental studies and previous experience as a wildlife crime investigator. Dave is currently learning Welsh and has attained level 3.
DC Eryl Lloyd – Natural Resources Wales – Environmental Crime
Phone: 07854 399434
DC Eryl Lloyd has been a police officer for 17 years and is from a farming background. He attended Agricultural College in Northumberland before completing a BSc in Countryside Management at Liverpool John Moores University. Eryl also completed a MSc in World Animal Production at Bangor University, during which he monitored the sheep grazing capacity within the Snowdonia Mountain ranges.
Eryl began his career as a response officer at Llandudno, then became a member of the Proactive and Burglary Team within the Central Division and then subsequently joined the CID. He has been seconded to the Environment Agency Wales (now Natural Resources Wales), where he has been involved in complex environmental crime investigations involving illegal waste activity, along with fisheries offences and regulating the Dee Cockle Fishery. Eryl is a fluent Welsh speaker.
Police Community Support Officers
The Rural Crime Team are supported by three Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), who are dedicated to their roles in their respective areas and maintain a close bond with our rural communities.
(From left to right: Simon, Rhys, Geraint)
PCSO 2963 Simon Griffiths
Simon is based in Coedpoeth police station and covers the Flintshire and Wrexham areas, working closely with PC Paul Davies.
- Phone: 07920 085162
- Email: PCSO Simon Griffiths
PCSO 2528 Geraint Jones
Geraint is based at Corwen police station and covers the Denbighshire and Conwy areas, supporting PC Dave Allen.
- Phone: 07841 234218
- Email: PCSO Geraint Jones
PCSO 3610 Rhys Evans
Rhys is based in Llanberis police station, covering Anglesey and Gwynedd supporting PC Dewi Evans.
- Phone: 07818 522404
- Email: PCSO Rhys Evans
- Hunting with hounds - Joint statement from North Wales Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Access lists of specific sheep ear notching marks in Meirionnydd and in Arfon (requires Adobe Flash plugin)
- Read our advice on rural crime and security ( PDF)
- View the Livestock Education And Dogs (L.E.A.D.) video: