Rural Crime Update: 10th March 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.

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Op Galileo-  Early Sunday morning -05/03/2017 in Bickleburgh, hare coursing was witnessed and reported by a farmer.  Within an hour the three suspects had been located and arrested. A vehicle has been seized. The dogs were not seized on this occasion due to a lack of resources. Some excellent communication took place with the rural community and the officers, to successfully apprehend the people concerned.

In Mattishall a village store was broken into.  Cigarettes were targeted and stolen from within. The thieves smashed the front window to gain entry.

Heritage Crime.
St Marys Church at Carleton Forehoe was victim of lead theft. The roof lead being removed and stolen.
In Baconsthorpe the lead was stolen from the roof of St Marys Church. A very large section of the roofing is now missing.
At Methwold, night hawking – illegal metal detecting was discovered. Details were given by the male and details of the vehicle used were noted. Enquires will be made and this will be followed up.

In Hemsby there was an attempted theft of trailer. The security minded owner had chained it to a substantial tree on the property. A male was seen trying to yank it free from the tree, before fleeing when he was aware he’d been seen.

Farm and Agriculture.
At Kings Lynn, 2 tractors have been damaged and broken into overnight. One vehicle had a window smashed and the second its Trimble stolen  An item linked to the damage and theft has been located at the scene and seized for forensic examination.

Rural Crime.
PSCO Helen Maxwell has been working closely with the Forestry Commission  rangers to tackle ASB (Anti Social behaviour) in relation to MotorX bikes and 4×4’s on Forestry Commission land along with other issues related to wildlife crime /metal detecting etc. This has led to 18 – SEC59’s being issued to riders (Oct 2016 – Jan 2017) – including residents of Suffolk (3) Camb’s (3) and Linc’s (3) who have ridden down/visiting the area.

Thetford Forest lies within the Breckland Special Protection Area (SPA), designated to protect populations of Stone Curlew, Nightjar and Woodlark.
Within the Thetford Forest (SPA) there are also SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) which are also being disturbed by MotorX riders. Disturbance of these areas can carry tough penalties in court.

Storage units at Leziate Park Country Club have been targeted, with items being moved about over the past few weeks. This includes a small catamaran sailing boat, taken from its storage area and put in the water. Not only do we have concerns about the criminal aspects, but the personal safety of persons accessing water ways and lakes in the dark.

Walton Highway a quad bike recovered after 2 young males were seen riding in an antisocial manner on farm land.

In Stradsett a tree surgeon’s storage containers were broken into. High value items including chainsaws and other equipment were stolen.

Heating oil.
Residents of Narborough, Rockland St Mary, Griston, Warham, and Harpley have all experienced heating oil thefts.

Please consider fitting alarms to your oil tank.  And….     Please treat each activation as a potential crime.

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 Setchey  2 car batteries were stolen from a garage. CCTV on site may help us with our enquiries.

At Barford, a battery was removed from farm equipment left in afield and a further theft of of a vehicle battery at Felmingham.
Following the battery theft from Bawburgh Golf Club last week, Swaffham Golf Course and the Royal Norwich Golf Club have been victim of golf buggy and battery thefts. Enquiries are ongoing at this time.

Metal was stolen at Roughton which was stored on a trailer and copper stolen from Clenchwarton besides a residential address. In Hethersett 3 lorry batteries were stolen and at West Winch, 2 males were seen in a white van stealing  200-300pounds of lead from a business premises.

Hare Coursing.
We have had several calls regarding hare coursing this week. Op Randall would to thank every person who called in to report suspicious activity on or near fields where coursing may be occurring.

Of note, there were incidents of coursing at Welney, Brandon Creek, Friday Bridge, Crimplesham, Raveningham, Hopton and at Burston in addition to the arrests at Bickleburgh.

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

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