Rural Crime Update: 21st April 2017

Welcome to this week’s 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.

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 T/Insp Mark ASKHAM  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown

Op Galileo

There have been reported incidents of Hare coursing in Feltwell Anchor, Wissington, Mattishall, Ten mile Bank and Brandon Bank.

Good news story !!

Following a very intensive deployment over a number of hours in January 2017, 7 people were arrested in relation to a hare coursing event near to Titchwell in Norfolk which was witnessed by a passing member of the public who kindly came forwards with key evidence. In court 2 adults have been sentenced under the Hunting Act “Hunting a wild mammal with dogs”. The Kings Lynn Operational Partnership Team managed to secure a Criminal Behaviour Order for 2 years on a 38 year old male with conditions  –  Not to be on Farmland without the express permission of the land owner or on a public footpath in possession of a lurcher type dog during hunting season – 1st September to 30th March.

Heritage Crime

We are pleased to say that there have been no reported incidents this week.


There has been nothing of note to report.

Farm and Agriculture.

In Terrington there have been reports of vehicles driving over fields and damaging crops.

Rural crime

In Thetford 2 X generators,2 X chainsaws, a hedge trimmer and Brushcutter have been taken from a van.

In Sporle there has been a report of theft of car batteries.

In Swaffham Tools have been taken from a unlocked works van.

Rogue Trading

We are starting to take reports of unknown persons offering to sell Generators and power tools from vans at your doorstep, These sellers will not offer any consumer protection, so can we advise you to ‘Say No’

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.

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

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

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