Rural Crime Update: 25th 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.

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Hilgay- 2 males from the Slough area caught Coursing in Norfolk. The vehicle was located and stopped a short time and distance away. The car has been seized and the 4 Lurcher dogs seized and removed to kennels.

North Norfolk Boat and Outboard Engine thieves arrested- 2 males were arrested for the theft of boats and outboard engines.  Items recovered include 5 x 17ft boats + trailers, 12 x outboard motors, half a bag of Cannabis, over £5k cash and scales. Various other documents, weapons and other misc. items were seized in relation to the warrant.

Both males have been arrested, interviewed and bailed with the conditions not to enter North Norfolk.

Gas Cylinder Theft- Over the past few weeks gas cylinders have been stolen from businesses and domestic properties. Nitrous Oxide has been targeted, with one theft being direct from the rear of a lorry. Oxygen and Oxygen/Hydrogen mix cylinders have been stolen in Cromer. Please try to secure all gas stores and consider crime prevention techniques.

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

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?

Horse tack theft:   if you have any horse related crime prevention queries, please contact Richard Tallent on; 101.

Please consider the below:

-Never leave tack alone when at a show, on the trailer or in a lorry when unattended

-Mark your tack with a leather stamp with your post code

-Deface your rugs by painting your postcode on them

-Field energisers paint them pink and mark with your postcode (Pink is still the colour!)

-Microchip your horse/ freeze branding /lock field gates

-Consider covert cctv linked to your mobile

In the near future, Richard TALLENT will be running drop in sessions to get horse tack security marked, the dates will be announced shortly.

Wildlife Crime:

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

We would encourage all subscribers to Property Mark your items. This can be as easy as postcoding items or using products like SelectaDNA or Smartwater which can be easily applied to smaller items which helps identify them, combined with clear signage- this will dissuade thieves.

Call the Police general number:101 and speak to your local Architectural Liaison Officer (ALO) for advice.

Farming and Agriculture:

Narford– batteries, generator, cables and batteries stolen from a locked unit on site.

Little Fransham– Batteries, cabling and copper piping stolen after several outbuildings entered. CCTV is available.

Weston Longville– Bernard Matthews site broken into. A lock was cut from a gate, and one building entered. Unsure if any items or Turkeys stolen. Potential CSI as items within the unit were moved.

Felthorpe– 6 Nitrous Oxide gas cylinders stolen

Church Lead Thefts:

We have received several calls about activity in and around our churches. This ongoing vigilance is key to helping us combat this crime. Please report any sightings of persons and vehicles you are not happy with at any of our historic/heritage sites.No call is a waste of our time!’


Heydon– A 8x4ft trailer stolen overnight from a domestic property. The trailer has metal side boards.

Little Cressingham– An Ifor Williams 10x5ft, Twin axle trailer was stolen from a secluded workshop. The trailer was removed after being emptied and the chain cut from a gate.

Rural Crime:

Holt- A building site had a metal container broken into. Stolen items include a generator, laser level and tools.

Felthorpe– A transit van has been stolen containing tools and equipment from a building site.

Grimston– 4 chain saws stolen from a shed.

Wildlife / Hare Coursing:

West Norfolk- We received several calls between Terrington St Clement and Hockwold, a Silver JEEP was seen in relation to hare coursing. Though this vehicle was not intercepted, the index was passed to Police so we will be able to disrupt future coursing attempts.

Christchurch– 4 vehicles with persons and dogs sighted coursing. Potentially a green Isuzu Trooper, a green Subaru and a red car were seen, the vehicles had left the area before officers arrived.

Stradsett– Coursers seen with a green Mercedes van. 4 males and 4 dogs seen on a field coursing.

Black Horse Drove– A yellow transit type van seen, 3 grey hounds seen to be put out from the van.

Wereham– A green Landrover Discovery seen in relation to coursing. Officers attended the area to search for the vehicle but nothing was found.

Oxborough and Great Snoring– A red Vauxhall Astra seen in relation to Coursing

Boughton– A red Discovery reported in relation to coursing. Norfolk Police do have a possible match on the vehicle so we will continue our enquiries.

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