Devon & Cornwall Police has revealed the winner of its tractor naming competition to be ‘Inspector Moors’.

The force launched the competition last month, offering children living in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the opportunity to name the tractor.

Almost 300 entries were received from children aged 12 or under, and the winning name was submitted by seven-year-old Eloise Bettison.

The John Deere tractor, now formally known as Inspector Moors, was loaned to Devon & Cornwall Police by local agricultural machinery dealership, Masons Kings.

It will be used as an engagement tool by the force’s rural affairs team at agricultural shows and events across the region this summer.

Bettison, along with her family, was invited to Woofstock Festival to officially unveil the new name, after assistant chief constable Glen Mayhew selected it as the winner.

She said that she “thought it would be good for the tractor to inspect the moors”, leading her to choose the name.

Inspector Moors

Bettison helps her parents on the family farm and was very excited to have been chosen as the winner of the competition, saying that she “couldn’t wait to go back to school to tell friends and teachers”.

Devon & Cornwall PC Clarke Orchard said: “The response to the competition was fantastic. There were almost 300 entries in total and several suggestions that would have made excellent names.

“On Saturday, at Woofstock Festival, we revealed that Eloise was the winner of our competition with ‘Inspector Moors’ – a truly deserved win, and those of us old enough to remember the popular detective series Inspector Morse will appreciate the clever play on words.

“Inspector Moors will be joining us throughout the summer to help us interact with members of the public and enable us to have important and meaningful conversations about how we can work with our communities to tackle rural crime.”

Masons Kings group agricultural sales manager, Alan Rowdon, said: “The aim of our partnership with Devon & Cornwall Police was to support and stand in solidarity with our farming communities in the fight against rural crime.

“We are very proud of the response and the efforts of Devon & Cornwall Police on this campaign, and would like to pass on our congratulations to Eloise for coming up with the fantastic winning name, Inspector Moors.”

The next opportunity for the public to meet Inspector Moors will be at the Yealmpton Show on Wednesday, July 31.