Rural Crime Update: 9th July 2016

Good Evening all,

Welcome to this week’s rural crime update. 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 don’t 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 407106  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Sgt Horton-Smith  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

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Reassurance for rural communities as PCC joins crime network
PCC Lorne Green gave a speech to the Norfolk Rural Support Network on 4 July, ahead of attending his first meeting as a member of the National Rural Crime Network later this month.

During his election campaign, Lorne met with residents across Norfolk who highlighted a variety of problems, from fly-tipping to vehicles speeding on country lanes. He vowed that, on election, he would join other PCCs around the country in signing up to the National Rural Crime Network and championing a better understanding of crime in rural areas.

In his speech to the Norfolk network, he offered reassurance to communities, saying he wants greater recognition of the impact of rural crime so more can be done to keep people safe.

“Rural communities pay the same taxes as everyone else”, he said. “They want to know that the police and other emergency services are there for them too. The police work hard to respond, but too often the perpetrators are long gone before the crime even becomes apparent.

“The cost of crime to rural communities is £800 million – equivalent to £200 for every household in the countryside. Rural crime and policing matters, and that’s why one of my first decisions as PCC has been to join the National Rural Crime Network; I’ll be meeting the other members at the AGM later this month.”

The PCC also encouraged Norfolk’s rural communities to make their voices heard by taking part in his crime and policing consultation.

“Earlier this month I launched an eight-week public consultation, through which I want to capture the policing and crime concerns of as many people as possible. This will inform my Police and Crime Plan, which will be published in September, setting my overall priorities for the next four years.

“It is important that people in our rural communities have their say and the opportunity to influence my priorities. I am committed to working with the police, partners and communities to develop a rural crime strategy for Norfolk.”

The PCC’s public consultation will close on 12 August.

A short survey has also been set up at which will run until the end of the consultation period. People are also invited to email, telephone and write to the PCC to give their views.

Dedicated email address:

Web survey:

Twitter: #TellLorne

Phone: 01953 424455

Postal address:
Building 8
Falconers Chase

Spread the word!
We are fast approaching 1800 subscribers to this newsletter now! This is thanks to all of you who have encouraged your colleagues, friends, neighbours and family to sign up.

Since the launch on Police Connect in March 2016 each and every week has seen the number of subscribers increase. This is much improved from the 70ish pre March 2016.

We really encourage those in the farming and agricultural communities especially. You are our eyes and ears and we need you to report any suspicious behaviour to us. Your calls and emails are helping us greatly, keep them coming in!

People can sign up at the below link and register on the Police Connect site.

Or alternatively visit down the left hand side you will see a series of logos, select Police Connect (a blue log with two arrows). This will open up the Police Connect  sign up page, scroll to the bottom and click >>Register for Police Connect.

Protect your stacks this season
As you and your colleagues prepare the stacks this season please take note of the below advice, let’s all work together and share any suspicious behaviour. The Randall Team have worked closely with the NFU to bring you this advice:

Just remember S.P.A.C.E

  • Stacks– Ensure your stacks are not close to the roadside, forcing an arsonist into a wide open space will be less appealing to them. Have smaller stacks, losing a smaller stack will have a lesser impact on your business than losing a large stack. Refer to your insurance policy as you may find you will only be covered for a maximum amount & may be obliged to place your stacks at a set distance from the roadside.
  • Patrols – Instruct your staff to conduct roaming patrols recording the registrations and descriptions of any vehicle or persons seen acting suspiciously. Conduct these patrols at various times of the day and night.
  • Arson– In the event of an arson dial 999, monitor any onlookers noting descriptions and vehicles. Offenders will often return to watch the commotion that follows, remain vigilant and discuss your observations with the Fire Service and Police at the scene.
  • Cameras –Utilise wildlife cameras, they are very affordable, they do not require electricity and can be used throughout the rest of the year helping to protect other areas of your business.
  • Evidence– Report your suspicions to us immediately so we can promptly investigate. We can share suspicious activity with the many subscribers of this newsletter and by sharing your information throughout the rural community we are more likely to obtain the evidence required. Contact DC Andy Brown on his mobile number 07900 407106 or via the Op Randall email

NFU – Wide loads dispensation for harvest
NFU have kindly allowed us to share the below advice:

A final reminder as harvest approaches to ensure you have obtained your annual dispensation for abnormal loads from the police. These apply if you are moving machinery or vehicles over three metres wide, either over a distance of five miles or more and/or are moving on a road which has a speed limit of 40mph or less. You are required to give notification to the police at least 24 hours before the journey. At busy times of the year this is clearly a hindrance to farm operations and time consuming for the police, so many constabularies operate some form of dispensation scheme. Registering for a dispensation means that the notification conditions are reduced or removed altogether. However, dispensations are issued annually, at the start of the year, so ideally you should make a point of doing it every new year. If you still need to do so for this contacts are:

More information on machinery movements at harvest is in the NFU Business Guide 005 ‘Harvest Machinery Movements’ which you can find here. It covers construction, lighting requirements, vehicle and driver licensing requirements, other road users and mud on the road. You will need your NFU membership number and NFU Online password to access it.

Pink Battery campaign continues…
We are pleased to report our neighbouring Counties are really pushing forward with our pink batteries advice, DC Andy Brown has been discussing this work with our colleagues in detail. The Eastern Region is working together to help you keep your property safe and this good work will make this ‘easy money’ a lot more difficult for criminals to get their hands on.

Just to recap below is DC Andy Browns advice:

“Currently batteries are an easy target for thieves, they are often left lying around farm yards where there is no CCTV or staff challenging unknown visitors.

The scrap price for batteries is currently £500 per tonne, it really is easy money. Some offenders are making five figure sums and I imagine this is not being declared to the tax office!”.

Andy advises a simple yet effective way to make batteries undesirable to criminals… for only a few pounds spray your batteries with fluorescent pink paint. It makes them instantly noticeable if they appear at scarp yards or on vehicles laden with scrap and will act as a deterrent to the majority of criminals. You can do this to any batteries you like including those in expensive farm machinery!

All of Norfolk’s scrap yards are aware we offer this advice and will immediately report any pink batteries.

Wildlife Crime
If you have any information or suspicion about illegal activity concerning 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 afterwards 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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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

Free Farming & Agricultural Crime Prevention Advice
Don’t hesitate to give DC Andy Brown a call with any information, concerns or queries you may have concerning rural crime.

Andy has been visiting many farms and he wants to visit a lot more! Please contact him to arrange this, he can offer you some great advice to help you protect your property and livelihoods. Andy can also provide your staff with handy stickers to place in offices and vehicles etc providing them with the numbers to call in the event of any suspicious activity.

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 number, he looks forward to speaking with you.

Rural crime updates\|
Please find information below regarding rural crime in Norfolk from 24th June – 8th July 2016.

Theft other
Wicklewood – A tractor was stolen from a farm, it was kept in an insecure shed with no CCTV or wildlife cameras present.

Gillingham – Electric fencing and a solar panelled battery were stolen from a field resulting in sheep escaping and a road traffic collision taking place.

Burglary other than dwelling
Martham – Entry was forced to a walk in container twice on a farm and chemicals from within were stolen.

Old Costessey – a derelict building was entered and a hoe and rake removed.

Fakenham – A generator, hedge trimmer, angle grinder and array of tools were taken from, it is believed the property was taken to the far corner of the playing field which adjoins Trap Lane, and then joins up to the A148.

Fakenham – Entry was forced to the cricket club grounds and various items were stolen.

Fakenham – A potato factory’s offices were broken into overnight via an insecure window, various electronics were taken including laptops.

Catfield – Entry was forced to an outbuilding on a farm, weed killer and fungicide were stolen.

Burglary Dwelling – None of note

Attempted Theft – None of note

Arson – None of note

Theft of motor vehicle – None of note

Theft from motor vehicle – None of note

Criminal Damage – None of note

Andy finally…

The Norfolk Show 2016

You may have been lucky enough to attend The Norfolk Show this year. The Op Randall Team were there sharing lots of advice on rural crime and as always our fantastic Special Constabulary Police Horses stole the show with the crowds…and officers!

Wishing you all a safe weekend

Team Randall

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