Rural Crime Update: 18th November

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.

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Southery-  4 out of County males with four Lurcher type dogs were seen on Farm land trespassing. The dogs were seen to pursue Hare with one being caught and killed by the dog. Police Officers arrived quickly and witnessed this occurring.  The males made off but were pursued across farmland by Officers and detained. The Dogs have been seized and vehicle the males used to travel to Norfolk.  The 4 males have been charged to King’s Lynn Magistrates Court on 29th December 2016.

Docking– 130 tonnes of hay set alight.  This is believed to be a deliberate ignition due to other items close to the scene. Lines of enquiry are being followed, the investigation remains open.

Roydon/Bressingham– Several sheds were targeted in the area. A wide variety of items were stolen with a few items being recovered close to the scene, but Horse tack, 2x Air Rifles and Pushbikes are still outstanding from other thefts.

Bawburgh- 30 Geese stolen from a farm. Please look at securing any aviaries, sheds or runs which house birds against theft. You can seek further crime prevention advice by accessing the Norfolk Police website or calling 101 and speaking to your local SNT – Safer neighbourhood team who will be glad to help advise you.

Officers from Broads Beat and Op Randall conducted a joint patrol of the River Yare in the area of Whitlingham Broad. Crime prevention advice was given, with words of advice for one fishing party speeding along the river.

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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
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Mark Askham  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

Pink is still the colour!

Stowbridge– 4 Tractor batteries stolen and other items from a locked workshop,

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?

Church Lead Thefts

St John the Baptists Church- Bressingham– The lead from the roof has been stripped off, damage caused and the replacement is estimated at £30,000. Damaged was also caused to guttering above the porch.

St Andrews Church, Wood Dalling. There was an attempted lead theft from the church roof. Some of the lead was part rolled up on the roof; some removed completely being left on the ground close by. But all the lead was left on site.

Don’t forget to report any suspicious circumstances around our County’s Churches.

Heating Oil Theft.

Grimston– Theft of 2500ltrs of heating oil.

Bradwell– A large quantity of heating oil stolen.  A fence was cut several days prior to the theft.  Some items were left on site which will give the investigation some CSI

South Burlingham– A large quantity of heating oil stolen from the rear of a property.

Wildlife Crime

Op Compass- 09/11/2016-  An egg collector from a Dartmoor village near Plymouth has been fined £4,700 for stealing more than 400 eggs from protect birds. He admitted five offences under the 1981 Wildlife and Countryside Act.- Plymouth Magistrates’ Court heard he was in possession of 435 eggs at his home.  He admitted to taking Barn Owl eggs in Norfolk and the eggs of other protected birds in Orkney.


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

Over the previous weekend, in the area of Banham and Tibenham. Several sightings of a Burgundy Nissan X-Trail 4×4, seen on land hare coursing. 2/3 males plus dogs actively on land in the pursuit of hare.

Ten mile Bank– A long wheel base 4×4 seen with males and dogs coursing.

Barton Bendish– 7/8 males coursing- 3 vehicles, green Subaru forester, red Vauxhall Frontera silver and a Suzuki Jimmy. Police Officers attended the area, but were unable to find anything.

In the area of Nordelph and Stowbridge, a green Mitsubishi Shogun has been seen in relation to coursing.

Terrington St Clement- a Volvo V50 and Vauxhall Signum seen in relation to hare coursing. No offences were disclosed, but the details have been taken and will help us disrupted any future planned coursing events.

Rural Crime

Upwell– overnight  11th / 12th November 2016 several sheds, barn and outbuildings were targeted. Various items taken including horse blankets, push bikes, gazebo and petrol lawn mowers.

Felthorpe– attempted theft of ‘medical gas’ from a secure compound. Nothing taken.

Please note your next newsletter will be sent on Friday 25th November 2016.

Thank you again for all your support and we wish you a happy weekend.

– The Op Randall team.

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