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Oliver's army of crimebusters

PUBLISHED: 16:53 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 11:50 12 August 2010

STAR SUPPORT: Olympic champ Oliver and the neighbourhood police team.

STAR SUPPORT: Olympic champ Oliver and the neighbourhood police team.

WORLD famous showjumper and reality television star Oliver Skeete helped promote police saddle marking to deter horse tack thefts.

WORLD famous showjumper and reality television star Oliver Skeete helped promote police saddle marking to deter horse tack thefts.

The event was held last Wednesday at the Ringlands Stables in Biggin Hill and organised by Darwin Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Police are encouraging every horse owner to get their saddles stamped with a unique number which is entered on to a database.

It follows a spate of thefts of tack in the Darwin ward with some of the stolen equipment being worth up to £3,000. Since the scheme began last year there hasn't been a single theft.

Mr Skeete said: "I would encourage as many people as possible to contact the team to have their saddles or other tack registered.

"This initiative has a proven track record and gives horse owners the opportunity to prevent saddle and tack thefts by marking their equipment with a serial number, which will make it much harder for thieves to operate".

To have your saddles marked or to register your stables contact Biggin Hill station on 020 8721 2603.

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