AN INDEPENDENT charity which offers support to victims of rural crime in North Yorkshire has been paid a visit by Princess Anne.

The royal family member, and patron of ‘Victim Support,’ discussed the impact, and spoke to those who have been the subject of both minor, and major crimes.

Olwen Edwards of Victim Support said: “It was wonderful to have Princess Anne join us to help highlight the wonderful work of our staff and volunteers do in supporting victims of crime in North Yorkshire.

“The Princess was able to join us for the start of some very important discussions on rural crime and how we can reach more victims with help.

"This is a crucial issue for us as North Yorkshire is not only the largest county in the country but also one of the most rural."

Last month the National Farmers' Union commented on a spate of farm outbuilding burglaries in North Yorkshire.

Julia Mulligan, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said: “Tackling rural crime and improving support for victims have been a top priority for the past six years.

"It was therefore very exciting to welcome Princess Anne to North Yorkshire and to be able to talk about how much progress has been made locally.

"I was particularly pleased she was able to meet people who have been helped by Victim Support, and to hear first hand what a positive difference is being made."