Warwickshire Horsewatch has won a Country Crime Fighter Award.

The group has been recognised for its positive impact on local crime reduction in the county.

As a winner the group gets £1,000 to help fund anti-crime initiatives in the local area.

The awards, established by rural insurer NFU Mutual, are designed to celebrate and reward examples of crime prevention taking place in the countryside.

“We are very proud to win,” said Warwickshire Horsewatch representative Carol Cotterill. “We work hard to promote our key messages of ‘crime prevention and crime awareness’ in lots of different ways. Receiving this award will help us to continue educating people how best to keep their horses, equipment and premises safe.”

By supporting local police Warwickshire Horsewatch has helped tackle crimes including yard thefts, suspicious vehicles and livestock worrying.

NFU Mutual’s chairman Richard Percy added: “Members of the Warwickshire Horsewatch should be very proud. They have managed to unite the community in the fight against crime, through their perseverance, which has not only earned them the respect of their local community but contributed to the surrounding area being a much safer place.”