FARMERS and people living in rural areas have been warned to be vigilant over a scam call.

Police said they have been told residents have received phone calls from people asking them to pay a one-off payment to keep policing in rural areas.

A spokesman said: “Police would never phone members of the public to request or collect payment for policing of your area.

“If you are ever in doubt regarding a call hang up and report it. Police ask that the public please share this information with any vulnerable friends or family."

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