Rural Crime Update: 15th 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.

Please note your next newsletter will be sent on Friday 5th August due to annual leave commitments.

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

Follow us @RuralCrimeNfk #RuralCrime #WildlifeCrime

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

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

South Norfolk Increase in Trailer Thefts

The South Norfolk Team advises;

We have seen an increase in recent weeks of thefts of trailers, drive on lawn mowers and quad bikes and sheds and outbuildings, being broken into and tools taken.

We have positive news in that some of the offenders have been identified and will be going to court.

Diesel Bowsers

The Randall Team met with NFU last week to compile the above advice ref protecting your stacks. We also discussed the vulnerability of diesel bowsers. We recommend you secure them and lock them away, don’t be tempted to leave them unattended and insecure, they can be an easy target for thieves!

A message from South Norfolk Safer Neighbourhood Team

We will be having a police stand at the ‘South Norfolk On show’ event in the grounds of the Council Offices at Long Stratton on Sunday 17th July between 11am and 4pm.

Members of some of the South Norfolk Safer Neighbourhood Teams and the Police Operational Partnership Team will be present to discuss any community issues or offer crime prevention advice.

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 9th July – 14th July 2016.

Theft other

Stratton – Unknown persons have taken a locked trailer from a drive whilst the owners were out for only a few hours. There was no CCTV or wildlife cameras in place.

Heywood – A horse trailer was stolen overnight from a farm, no CCTV or wildlife cameras were in place.

Burglary other than dwelling

Long Stratton – Offenders have broken into three sheds on a farm forcing entry. Various items stolen including a silver coloured ‘Hayter’ lawn mower (distinctive markings on right hand side, welding repair), Honda power washer and 20kg mustard seed. There were no CCTV or wildlife cameras in place.

Wicklewood – A storage barn has been broken into by force on a farm, an untidy search has taken place but not items appear to be missing. There were no CCTV or wildlife cameras in place.

Swaffham – Two sheds were broken into on an allotment and various garden equipment stolen.

Stratton – A farm building has been broken into and a number of items stolen including a generator, whacker machine and fuel. There were no CCTV or wildlife cameras in place.

Burglary Dwelling

Hunstanton – Unknown persons have forced entry to a property via a PVC ground floor window, there was no CCTV present at the property which was in an isolated location surrounded by fields.

Stow Bridge – Entry has been gained to an unoccupied farm house, nothing was stolen.

Theft of motor vehicle

Great Witchingham – Offenders have stolen a horse box from a farm entering the vehicle through the jockey door without causing any damage. The vehicle was recovered in Swaffham.

Criminal Damage

Fakenham – Detained suspects have caused damage on a farm by spraying graffiti on the doors of a barn.

Attempted Theft – None of note

Arson – None of note

Theft from motor vehicle – None of note

Wishing you all a safe weekend
Team Randall

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