Rural Crime Update: 6th January 2017

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.  I wish to start by….

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And a reminder; your next Rural Crime newsletter will be issued on Friday 13th January 2017.



St Marys Church in Sparham had several sheets of lead stolen from the aisle roof. In Howe, just south of Norwich a leaded window at St Marys Church was damaged. The church was entered and items thrown about causing some damage to the property within.


An Ifor Williams trailer stolen in Thornage. It is a single axle with jockey and spare wheel.

From Snetterton a twin axel white box trailer with distinct writing and large image of a hawk on the sides was stolen. The trailer housed a 450cc red quad bike.

In Emneth a construction company were broken into. A 6 tonne concrete breaker, 1x Ifor Williams trailer 2x Indespension trailers and 1x small tipping trailer were stolen. Some if not all of the property has subsequently been recovered.

Op Galileo:

Out near Titchwell hare coursers were spotted. There were 4 calls from different locations across West and North Norfolk, about this vehicle seen in relation to coursing. The vehicle was stopped with the 7 occupants being spoken to. All have been arrested and bailed, the vehicle seized and the dogs seized and removed to kennels.

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Farming and Agriculture:

Close to Wisbech,  outhouses and agricultural greenhouses have been broken into. Various items have been taken including space heaters.

In Wicklewood a farm was targeted and numerous vehicles were damaged and had windows smashed. Some vehicles were searched and had items removed from within.

Our local Wildlife Crime Officers,  if you have any questions about wildlife and animals, please do not hesitate to contact them.

Name Area
Insp Jon Papworth WCO Lead Breckland
Sgt Andy Tomlinson Breckland
PCSO Helen Maxwell Breckland
PC Ben Clark Kings Lynn / Downham Market
Pc Maria Asker Kings Lynn
PC Jim Squires South Norfolk
PS Richard Bedder Broadland
PC Jason Pegden North Norfolk
PC Stu Doe North Norfolk
DI Tom SMITH Norwich
PCSO Mac Cornaby Norwich

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.

Hare Coursing:

There has been numerous reports of hare coursing  Rudham, Sporle, Congham, Pulham St Mary, Rackheath, Upwell, Narford, Welney and just over the boarder in Littleport Cambridgeshire.  There has been a mix of vehicles reported, 4×4’s and family cars to people carriers are seen.

In and around the Great Massingham area, a report of coursers was received. An extensive area search was begun by numerous officers covering the area from Grimston through to Rougham. The vehicle was not seen by officers despite an extensive area search.

It is now the time of year where you may witness incidents of coursing. Your information is key to helping us catch these offenders. Please report any suspicious activity including vehicles to us as soon as possible.

Pink is 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?

We would encourage all subscribers to Property Mark your items. This can be as easy as post-coding 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.

In Wisbech, batteries were removed from tractors. This act caused damage to the tractors too.

Please be aware of ongoing battery thefts and scouting for batteries/scrap. In Wickhampton a land owner was approached asking for a battery. the same person(s) have been to the area on a few occasions now.

Rural Crime:

We have had some horse related calls this week. In particular where a horse tail has trimmed and in a separate incident where a mounting block has been stolen.

In Terrington St Clement a thorough bred horse had its mane platted in on section. This can be a precursor to thefts as it identifies a single horse in a paddock and enables it to be led away without additional bridals.

Across Norfolk there have been several thefts or attempted theft of items and goods from businesses. In Terrington St Clement there was an attempted theft of gas bottles from the rear of a Public House. In Diss, a storage unit was broken into, with up to 10 electric motors stolen. At Dereham damaged caused to several metal containers on site. The thieves were unable to open and enter the containers. In Ditchingham metal storage containers were broken into but nothing stolen from within.

UME-  Close to Bodney Camp was the site of another UME (Unlicenced Music Event) this week. This was more heavily attended than the previous event but was equally as peaceful with the participants moving off site with little trouble. One female organizer was arrested and detained.

I would like to thank you all for the ongoing support you provide Norfolk Police.

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