A RURAL policing open day has been hailed a success.

Crowds turned out at Northumbria Police's now annual open day to learn how Northumberland is policed.

Visitors were given the chance to take a seat in one of the force’s police cars and learn about the equipment used to police a rural patch.

Partners including Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue, The RSPCA, Forestry Commission England, who were handing out free trees, Northumberland Wildlife Trust were also on hand to inform visitors at their own stalls.

Venue hosts, Kirkley Hall, also opened up its zoo for guests to enjoy for free.

Rural policing superintendent Andy Huddleston said: “Now in its second year, our rural policing open day was a success and attracted a large crowd – even the sun made an appearance.

“We are currently in the midst of an exciting officer recruitment campaign and it was fantastic to meet so many potential candidates and be able to answer their questions about a career in policing. I hope it inspired more than a few people to apply.

“This event was also the perfect opportunity for the community and families to learn about how we police our vast rural countryside and learn more about the partners we work alongside with to keep everyone safe.

“After two successful events, we’re now looking at making this an annual event and already have ideas on how to make next year’s event bigger and better.”

He added: “As well as issuing a huge thank you to everyone who attended, we would also to like to express our sincere thanks to Kirkley Hall for allowing us use of their superb venue, thanks to all our partners who attended with stalls and interactive attraction and thanks to every volunteer who made the day a success.”

Lee Lister, vice-principal (quality and curriculum) at Northumberland College, said "the protection of natural capital and the reduction of crime within rural communities was of local, regional and national importance."