Rural Crime Update: 4th November 2016

Welcome to this week’s rural crime update. Below you will find some advice ref rural crime within Norfolk. Please contact us with any information you may have about rural crime, you are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

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


Mark Askham  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

Rural Crime Summit

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, hosted a Rural Crime Summit on Friday to give rural communities, organisations, land and business owners the opportunity to have their say on a new rural policing strategy for the county.

“People in Norfolk told me about their crime and policing concerns and what they felt they needed from the police to feel safer living and working in their local area,” Lorne said. “I pledged to take up their concerns and drive forward Norfolk’s approach to tackling rural crime.

“Representatives of Norfolk’s rural communities came along to the last week’s Summit to find out what more our police will be doing to address their concerns about police visibility, to tackle feelings of isolation, help them feel more engaged with their police service, and encourage the reporting of rural crime. I believe the Rural Policing Strategy is a big step forward and the feedback we received at the Summit was excellent.”

If you would like to read the draft strategy, it can be found on the Norfolk PCC website –    You can give your feedback until 11 November by emailing or calling 07900 407106.

Follow us @RuralCrimeNfk  #RuralCrime #WildlifeCrime

Please note your next newsletter will be sent on Friday 11th November 2016.

A big thank you

The Op Randall team would like to thank you all for your calls and emails regarding hare coursing, it is now the time of year where we may see some incidents and your information is key to helping us catch these offenders. Please report any suspicious activity including vehicles to us as soon as possible.

High value Burglaries (Other Than Dwellings)

Within the Breckland / Western border along A47. Can the community please take care to secure away plant machinery and high value tools given a recent spate of high value BOTD’s. The majority of offences will occur overnight however it is likely that offenders ‘survey’ the area’s in daylight. Please report any suspicious activity immediately noting registrations etc, etc.

Church Lead Theft

Pulham St Mary- St Marys Church, theft of lead from the roof.

Newton Flotman-  lead removed from the church roof.

Ashwelthorpe- A large area of roofing lead stolen from the church.

Ringland- Attempted Lead theft- The Roof Alarm sounded and person(s) fled. An Index for a vehicle was taken.

Over recent weeks several Churches have been targeted for roofing lead. Please be vigilant for any suspicious persons or vehicles, close to or loitering near our historic buildings. I would ask that you report anything that you feel is not right in and around your local church.

Unlicensed Music Event (UME)- 

Overnight 29th and 30th October there was an Unlicensed Music Event (UME) at St Benets Abbey, Horning. This is the second such event held by the same group in as many weeks. Various arrests were made and music equipment seized, our Roads Policing officers attended making sure participants of the event were stopped and where appropriate breathalysed etc. They also made good use of their saliva Drug Wipe tests to keep your roads safe.

On both occasions derelict buildings have been targeted for the events. We ask you to attempt to secure all secluded or derelict buildings on your land and report any signs of activity that may lead to an Unlicensed Music Event. This can include a precursor visit to the property, so please report any loud or distant music promptly along with suspicious vehicles or other activity that will help us take a hold of the event promptly.

High Value trailers

Please can we ask everyone to ensure that they make note of your serial numbers of your trailers, this assists with recovery if they are stolen. May we also ask that you register your trailers with the manufacturer’s

Pink is still the colour!

DC Andy Brown reminds you that a simple spray of florescent pink paint will make your batteries un-attractive to thieves.

Whilst the offenders are on your land looking for stolen batteries, what else are they looking at?

Are you leaving yourself vulnerable to further incidents?

 Heating Oil Thefts

It’s that time of year when people release they were victim to heating oil thefts in the spring and summer months, please report any incidents to us. To reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim consider purchasing an oil level alarm to place inside your tank, there are various products available online. Please also consider good lighting around your oil tanks, this is a good deterrent for thieves.


The boating season is over for most people but not for thieves, so make sure you protect your property.

Boat Shield is a scheme set up to offer practical advice and support to help prevent and reduce crime.

You can take simple steps to reduce the chances of being a victim of crime.

Remove valuable items from your boat when not in use.

  1. Secure, alarm, remove outboard engines or use Security covers.
  2. Mark your property
  3. Report all instances of criminal damage or theft however small.

Security covers can be purchased from the Police and some boating outlets and come in a variety of sizes.

All you need to do is take off the hard cover of your outboard and replace it with the security boat cover, a cheap and simple measure to protect your expensive engine.

For further information about Boat Shield, security covers or to join the mailing list for crime updates:

Call 101 and ask to speak to a Broads Beat officer or e-mail


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
PS Richard Bedder Broadland
PC Jason Pegden North Norfolk
PC Stu Doe North Norfolk
PCSO Mac Cornaby Norwich

Rural crime updates

Please find information below regarding rural crime in Norfolk from 28th October to 3rd November 2016.

Burglary Other Than Dwelling.

Horsford- Break in via a fire door- alarm sounded. Vehicle diagnostic equipment and other electronic items stolen.

Outwell- 10×8 metal container broken into- lock removed. Nothing taken.

Billingford- 2 garages broken into. Watches  and old welder and electric cables stolen.

Hopton- Barn lock cut off, attempted theft of diesel from an empty tank on site, scrap plough teeth stolen.

Diss- Garden tools including a chain saw, strimmer and garden vacuum stolen from a garage.

Hockwold- Horse Tack stolen from a locked stable. Est value £3500.

Theft Other.

Ormesby- Wayloader stolen, this was unscrewed from tailor and stolen with electronics and cables.

Etling Green- A shed entered on farm land, tools taken from a tool box.

Great Plumstead- Theft of Auger Drive Unit from a work site.

Walpole St Peter- 80ltrs of white diesel stolen from a lorry.

Diss- Theft of 2 hedge cutters, 2 chainsaws and a gypsy caravan stove.

Aylsham- Theft of 1000ltrs of diesel from machinery on a building site.

St John Fen End- Generator stolen from a farm.

Diss – IP reporting theft of stereo equipment from an auction house.


Gissing- Person(s) and dogs seen on a field Hare coursing.

Emneth- Vehicle seen during the hours of darkness- under lamp light- dogs pursuing Hare/Rabbit.

Reedham- vehicle seen on land, lamps being used and shots heard.

Little Massingham- Long legged dog seen on a field with person(s) believed Coursing. Long wheelbase 4×4 sighted.

Fendyke- A 4×4 seen on fields in darkness- lamps being used. Two animals seen running under lamp light.

Burglary Other.

Aylsham-2 ride on mowers plus numerous petrol powered garden tools stolen – est value £17.000.

Team Randall

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