Rural Crime Update: 3rd June 2016

Welcome to this week’s rural crime update. I am pleased to say the bank holiday weekend was very low on rural crime. Below you will find some advice ref rural crime within Norfolk.

We are very keen to hear from you with any concerns or information you may have about rural crime, you are our eyes and ears so do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss.

Who to contact…

Query  Who to contact  Non Urgent  Urgent
Farm / Agricultural & general advice DC Andy Brown Tel 101 or 07900  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Sgt Horton-Smith  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

New Op Randall inbox

Last week we launched our new Operation Randall inbox, you can contact us with any non-urgent pieces of information or queries.

Please note the inbox is not monitored 24/7 and must not be used for any urgent or crime in progress matters, in this situation please dial 999.

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Theft of Wild Birds Eggs

Insp Jon Papworth leads our team of 14 Wildlife Crime Officers, this week he advises what the Constabulary does to protect Wild Birds Eggs from theft each year.

Op Compass is designed to provide a prompt and effective response to reports of persons engaging in or suspected of being engaged in the unlawful act of taking any wild birds eggs or recklessly/intentionally disturbing nesting birds listed in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981; and to prosecute offenders found to be engaged in the unlawful taking/possessing of wild bird’s eggs and/or reckless/intentional disturbance of nesting Schedule 1 birds.

Each year a meeting is held with the RSPB to plan and prepare for the season’s response (April-July).

Op Compass is an intelligence-led Operation, relying on the ongoing close co-operation and information sharing between police and the RSPB wardens who ring with reports of suspicious activity in the relevant areas. Other partners involved in this operation include the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust and the Forestry Commission. The same operation is also held in Suffolk and Lincolnshire allowing the three forces to share intelligence in the fight against wildlife crime.

RSPB wardens and police actively patrol and respond to any reports of suspicious behaviour in “honeypot” areas (high risk areas which attract such persons for illegal activity).

Regular meetings are held with the RSPB to plan and prepare for each seasons response. This operation is held in high regard within the wildlife community and featured on recent film ‘Poached’.

If you have any information or suspicion about illegal activity concerning wild bird eggs or any other Wildlife Crime please contact our dedicated team at the below email address

Please use it to report any non-urgent concerns, queries or information you would like us to know about.

If you are aware of an incident or offence taking place there and then or shortly after please dial 999 . The above inbox will not be monitored 24/7 but it will provide you with a direct way to contact our Wildlife Crime Officers.

Your Crime Prevention Officers are:

Name Area
Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead
Sgt Andy Tomlinson Breckland
PCSO Helen Maxwell Breckland
PC Ben Clarke Kings Lynn / Downham Market
Pc Maria Asker Kings Lynn
PC Garry Hoadley South Norfolk
PC Jim Squires South Norfolk
PC Sally Hammerton Norwich
PS Richard Bedder Broadland
PC Jason Pegden North Norfolk
PC Stu Doe North Norfolk
PC Sally Anderson Great Yarmouth

Farming & Agricultural Crime prevention Advice

Don’t hesitate to give DC Andy Brown a call with any information or queries you may have concerning rural crime.

Andy wants to visit as many farms as possible so please contact him to arrange this, he can offer you some great advice to help you protect your property and livelihoods.

Don’t forget he can offer you advice on metal theft and an array of other rural crime matters too.

Give him a call on the above details.

Keep your eyes peeled

Please remain vigilant around Churches especially, as you will be aware we have seen several Church thefts in the last few weeks and we are particularly interested in a suspicious white Transit van.

Contact us with any concerns about suspicious vehicles and behaviour, we follow each and every contact up and thanks to the readers of this newsletter we have identified several drivers and vehicles!

Don’t leave it a few days, if you think it is suspicious pick up the phone and give us a call.

We are far more effective at detecting and deterring rural crime the sooner we know about your concerns.

Rural crime updates

Please find information below regarding rural crime in Norfolk from 27th May – 2nd June 2016.

Burglary other than dwelling

New Costessey – A business has been broken into and power tools stolen.

Southery – Unknown offenders have forced entry to a bard and stolen a tractor GPS system worth £8000.

Fordham – Unknown persons were disturbed by an alarm, it transpires they had entered several buildings gathering together various items to steal.

Theft other

Great Snoring – a 25.6 mini Dieci teleporter was stolen along with an Ifor Williams livestock trailer from a farm overnight Wednesday. It was a distinctive trailer and subsequently abandoned nearby.

Little Fransham – A statue and shrub were stolen from a front garden.

Attempted Theft – None of note

Arson – None of note

Theft from motor vehicle  – None of note

Criminal Damage – None of note

Burglary Dwelling – None of note

Theft of motor vehicle – None of note

Wishing you all a safe weekend

T/Sgt 1494 Horton-Smith

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