Rural Crime Update: 27th 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.

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

Around Cawston we received a report of illegal lamping. The person was challenged by a member of public and admitted to being on land without permission, lamping for rabbits. The person then left the area. This is not far from where illegal deer poaching has occurred previously.

Close to Stow Bridge, lamping was seen on a field. The people used a silver/grey pick up style vehicle to leave the area.

Hare Coursing-

At Tydd St Giles in Cambridgeshire, reports of hare coursing were forwarded to Norfolk Police. Local Officers were made aware incase the coursers moved across the County line.

In Sudbury in Suffolk, coursers were sighted. The information was passed across incase the coursers came north into Norfolk.

At North Pickenham (close to Houghton-on–the-Hill Church) several persons were seen with a 4×4, hare coursing with dogs. 2 persons on offroad motorbikes were seen with the group before they all left the area.  In Southery, Blakeney and Needham, we have received reports of coursing going on. The Police Helicopter which was made available to assist and the Officers on the ground were unable to locate any coursers.

In Morston, concerns of coursing were raised after a vehicle was sighted parked along a track. Officers made for the area though no coursing or people were seen. The vehicle had left by the time officers arrived.

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.

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.

Heating Oil Thefts-

In Swainsthorpe an unoccupied property had about 600 litres of heating oil stolen from a tank in the rear garden.

At Framlingham Pigot, a padlock was cut and removed from a gate. This gave access round the property to an oil tank housed behind the address. There was no sign of disturbance around the tank and no heating oil was stolen.

A heating oil tank in Bradenham was opened, the lid removed from tank and discarded on the floor.

In Mattishall there was a theft of heating oil with up to 500 litres stolen from a metal oil tank.

Rural Crime-

At Great Witchingham and Rougham, two workshops were broken into. At the two locations high value tools were stolen, including welding equipment, disc cutters, generators and car parts.

In North Pickenham the Anglian Water site was entered and copper cabling taken.

At Feltwell there was a theft of waste cooking oil from a chip shop.

Holt, 2 males were challenged in a garden when seen trying to remove items. They sped off in a van. This was spotted within a few minutes by local officers, then stopped and seized for insurance offences. A second crime has been reported in Holt where there was a theft of a metal wheel barrow.

In  Emneth– tools stolen from a garage overnight, and in Swaffham, power tools stolen from a van and garage at a single address. Further tools and a childs 50cc quad bike were stolen from the garage.

In Salhouse, 4 wooden pallets have been stolen from a site. The investigation is ongoing.

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

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