Rural Crime Update: 20th January 2017

Welcome to this weeks rural crime newsletter. Below there is a summary of some the incidents across Norfolk.  We would like to thank you for all your calls to Norfolk Constabulary; every piece of information, no matter how small helps us make Norfolk a safer county. You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers!


Five arrested in connection with lead thefts

Following efforts from the Operation Randall rural crime team, officers have arrested five men in connection with ‘going equipped’ theft offences.

The men, who are all aged in their 20s and 30s and from the London area, were stopped yesterday evening (Thursday 19 January 2017) near to Attleborough. A number of items, including the two vehicles they were travelling in, were seized and the men arrested. All five were then taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where they remain awaiting questioning.

Please be mindful of a ‘Y’ registered blue coloured Rover 45- sightings have been reported from  Framingham Pigot, Loddon, Haddiscoe, Aldeby and Newton St Faith. The vehicle and occupants have been seen in suspicious circumstances, where the vehicle has driven onto private property, up driveways without permission then making off at speed when seen or confronted.

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Heritage Crime-

St Marys Church in Ellingham we received a call regarding a male acting suspiciously at the church. St Benedict’s Church in Horning, a report of a suspicious vehicle seen parked outside,  in Felthorpe, concerns about a van parked near to the church- the van was seized and recovered by Police for other offences and All Saints Church, in Litcham where 4 males were seen. This information helps us protect our Church’s and historic sites. Thank you for your continued calls regarding suspicious activity around our historic sites across Norfolk. This vigilance is key to helping us combat the thefts and damage that our heritage endures.

St. Clements Church on Magdalen Street in Norwich had an outer door lock damaged.

St Andrews Church in Little Massingham. There was an attempted lead theft from the church roof. Some lead has been stripped, rolled and left on the ground, some lead was rolled up and left on the roof.

There has been a complaint of metal detecting on land south of Swaffham. No permission was sought to do this. An investigation will begin and any criminal activity will be followed up.

Pink is the colour- 

In Emneth, several people were seen attempting to steal Tractor batteries. These were hidden close by in an attempt to retrieve them later.

In Wisbech 6 HGV ‘s have had their batteries stolen form them while they’ve been parked up overnight.

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.

Heating Oil Thefts-

In Terrington St John two neighbouring properties have both had heating oil stolen. Up to 500 litres stolen from one of the tanks.

There has been heating oil thefts in Blakeney where 2000 litres was stolen, Weeting where 500 litres were stolen and at Elsing where 750 litres were stolen.

In Shipdham, there was an attempted theft of heating oil. Items in the garden were moved and the tank lid moved to gain access. An electronic heating oil monitoring system was in use so this may have dissuaded thieves from removing any oil.

Hare Coursing-

There have been a few incidents of Hare Coursing over the past week. These have been across at Walpole St Peter,  Chatteris, Southery, Boughton, Gooderstone, Saxlingham, Oxborough and at Little Ouse.

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.

Your local Wildlife Crime Officers:

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

Rural Crime-

Great Ellingham has seen two crimes this week. A break in on a domestic garage and a works van where expensive equipment was stolen. In Hales, a works van was entered and large amount of hand power tools taken from within.

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

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