THE founder of a rural crime reporting network for South Oxfordshire has been honoured.
Michael Colston, who launched Dogwatch in 2007, was awarded a chief constable’s commendation by Thames Valley Police.
The 81-year-old, who owns Ewelme Park Farm, near Nettlebed, came up with the idea following a spate of dog thefts from farms across the district.
The organisation now has 2,500 members across the Thames Valley and monitors all crime affecting farmers and landowners.
It successfully lobbied Thames Valley Police to record dog thefts in a category of their own rather than theft of property. The force has also assigned an officer to liaise with Dogwatch and share information about crimes.