Rural Crime Update: 29th April 2016

Welcome to this week’s rural crime update. Below you will find some advice ref rural crime in the County, should you have any feedback please contact me on the details below.

On the back of last week’s thank you for all your calls concerning suspicious behaviour I have reason to repeat the message again this week! DC Andy Brown has received several valuable calls in regards to suspicious behaviour from the farming community, this is fantastic news as it allows us to provide a timely response. Please continue to report any suspicious behaviour, every call is followed up and together we can reduce rural crime.

We have also received information this week concerning suspicious behaviour around burglaries, all information is followed up so please continue to contact us, you can find all our contact details throughout this newsletter.

Closure Notice served on Illegal Scrap Yard

In recent months DC Andy Brown has been working closely with various partner agencies investigating an illegal scrap yard in the West of the County. As a result of that partnership working the scrap yard concerned was served with a closure notice this week. During the visit several stops were made of people bringing scrap to the site and as a result a number of prosecutions are now impending against mobile scrap metal collectors.

Arson Appeal after £20,000 of damage causedto straw bales in Watton

You may have read in the EDP this week that we believe arsonists were behind a very large blaze at the old RAF Watton site on 24th April, 450 tonnes of straw was damaged during the incident causing £20,000 of loss to the owner. We believe the fire started around 7:55pm, if you know any information at all please contact PC Ella Fuller on 101 or you alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please report any suspicious behaviour or incidents of this nature and please put your safety first.

You can read the report here

Continue to keep your eyes peeled

We received a few calls this week regarding the two vehicles below and as a result we have been able to rule out a vehicle that was legitimately in an area. The owner was more than happy to speak with officers and is now keeping an eye out for these suspicious vehicles too, so please continue to report any sightings.

Distinctive Transit

A distinctive Transit van has been seen acting suspiciously within the South Norfolk area which as you know has suffered several high value agricultural thefts in recent weeks. The vehicle is described as white, down the side of the nearside is a large blacked out window, with a distinctive dark coloured stripe running along part of this side of the van, there are also chevrons on the rear doors. The unknown driver was wearing high vis on the top half of their body.

Please keep your eyes peeled and report any sightings on 101 or direct to DC Andy Brown on 07900 407106. Do not approach any persons with the vehicle, but report their descriptions and registration number as soon as possible.

Don’t forget the Berlingo

A dirty white Berlingo van has been seen on a few occasions in the vicinity of recent burglary non dwellings and trailer thefts. The vehicle has peeling high visibility stripes/chevrons similar to an ex highways vehicle. If you notice this vehicle please note its registration number and report to is on 101 or direct to DC Andy Brown on 07900 407106.

Farm Security

DC Andy Brown has branched out into the farming community actively engaging & helping farmers protect their property and land. As a result he is receiving valuable and timely information allowing him to investigate swiftly, don’t hesitate to give him a bell with any  information.

Andy can offer you some great advice to help protect your livelihoods, give him a call and he will arrange a time to come and see you on your land.

If you have any concerns ref metal theft Andy is also our metal theft coordinator and happy to help!

Please contact DC Andy Brown at or 07900 407106.

South Norfolk Burglary Non Dwellings Significantly Reduce

The number of incidents involving agricultural thefts is continuing to drop in South Norfolk, keep your information coming in to assist us. We continue to target our patrols in the vulnerable areas.

Let’s not fall into complacency however, the last bank holiday weekend saw a spate of trailer and ride on lawn mower thefts. Report anything suspicious to us immediately.

Trailer Thefts

You may have received a visit from a local PCSO or Beat manager recently advising you of the trailer thefts occurring across the East Anglian region. This is because we are proactively informing our communities of the vulnerability around trailers at the moment, especial ifor Williams Trailers, and offering advice on how you can protect your property. Please spread the work amongst your family, colleagues and friends.

Mark up your trailer as obviously as possible, take photos in case it is stolen

Situate your trailers near to CCTV cameras or Wildlife cameras

Block your trailer in with vehicles

Secure barns and garages are not a deterrent for these organised criminals.

Please be vigilant and report any suspicious vehicles or persons to us immediately, obtaining a registration number of a vehicle will help us greatly.

Rural crime updates

Please find information below regarding rural crime in Norfolk from 22nd April – 28th April 2016.

Burglary other than dwelling

Harleston – Unknown offenders have stolen diesel from a farm and caused criminal damage to walls with graffiti.

Langley, South Norfolk – Unknown offenders have tried unsuccessfully to break into a farm shed.

Upwell, Kings Lynn – Unknown persons have stolen plants from poly tunnels

Theft other

Downham Market – A yellow diesel Bowser was stolen from a farm, it is marked up on the rear ‘CROWN FARMS’, any sightings please report immediately.

Cromer – Unknown persons have stolen two large (2ft 6” high) concrete griffins from the entrance pillars to Cromer Hall, any sightings please report immediately.

Honingham – Electric fencing posts have been stolen from a barn by unknown persons.

Mattishall – A number of partridges, canaries and doves were stolen from the victims garden by unknown offenders.

Scarning Fen – Two hens were stolen from the victims chicken coop by an unknown male offender who made off in a nearby waiting car which was red (registration, make and model of vehicle unknown).

Theft from motor vehicle

Outwell – A catalytic converter has been stolen from a motor vehicle by persons unknown.

Criminal Damage – None of note

Burglary Dwelling – None of note

Theft of motor vehicle – None of note

If you have any information in relation to the above incidents or you have information you would like to see on this newsletter please contact me on the details below.

Should you have any concerns or information about rural crime do not hesitate to call us on 101, in an emergency please dial 999. Alternatively, if it is not urgent please forward me an email at

Wishing you all a safe bank holiday weekend


T/Sgt 1494 Horton-Smith

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