SCOTTISH politicians Emma Harper, Gail Ross and Mairi Gougeon showed their support at the Royal Highland Show for the launch of the Scottish Partnership Against Rural Crime's new mascot SPARCi – representing the new educational arm of SPARC which will be visiting schools and events across the country to raise awareness of rural crime in Scotland.

SPARC has been going from strength to strength with the creation of local partnerships against rural crime springing up to complement its national campaign. It is hoped that the new mascot will raise the profile of the initiative – helping SPARC's aim to increase the visibility of rural policing nation-wide and to forge trusting relationships between the police and rural communities of Scotland.