Rural Crime Update: 24th November 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.

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
 Community concerns & Newsletter feedback Sgt Danny Leach  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  999

Crime Summary

Incidents of Hare coursing reported in Amner, Barton Bendish ,Docking,Sporle, Ten mile bank and Wereham

Works van broken into at Chedgrave and £7-£8K worth of tools Stolen. Along with a similar theft of £2K worth from another works van.

2K worth of tools stolen from a works van in Guestwick

Brass candle stick stolen from St Andrews church, Little Snoring.

Heating oil stolen from Saham Toney

Please remember Lock your Vehicles and equipment, and remove valuables even if you are leaving it unattended for a short period of time.

Register your valuables. This makes them identifiable if they get stolen. It’s free !! and links into the National Police system.

Operation Galileo (Hare Coursing) event held on Saturday 18th November in West Norfolk, Involved a number of the Rural crime team including the special constabulary.

During the operation we patrolled in a number of marked and unmarked vehicles covering large areas of rural Norfolk. We also fielded two separate drone teams giving us greater capability of monitoring  larger areas.


On the day reported incidents not only decreased in Norfolk but in neighboring counties, please continue to call the police if you see this illegal practice taking place.

Please help reporting Hare Coursing.

Hare coursing is a blood sport and is a completely banned and illegal activity, yet it unfortunately remains common in Norfolk.

Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares using hounds. Traditionally participants spread in a line across a field and disturbed the hare from its home. We now find that it might only be a couple of people with dogs, who then release their dogs to give chase. The types of dog commonly used are Lurchers. Coursing is more likely to take place at dawn or dusk but it can also take place in broad daylight. The most obvious sign is vehicles parked in a rural area perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path. We are committed to protecting Norfolk landowners’ property and crops along with the declining population of brown hares and prosecuting those involved in hare coursing. In order to do this we work in partnership with farmers, landowners and gamekeepers. If you see an event taking place we would advise you not to approach the participants but contact us immediately on 999.

If possible record as much information as you can such as vehicle registrations, makes models and colours. Description and number of people and dogs and whether they have been seen in fields.

Heating oil security

It is inevitable that some homes will be the victim of heating oil theft. We appeal for people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police. The following crime prevention advice is given for oil tank owners

Keep your tank in a well overlooked position – this will ensure thieves are more likely to be seen

If your tank is close to your house make sure that it can be seen from your windows – this coupled with lighting will make it less of a target

Security lights can help deter potential thieves. Low level ‘dusk ‘til dawn’ lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity.

Enclosing your tank in a building which can be secured is better still. However it is important not to overlook the importance of ventilation; advice should be sought from your oil company.

If you have a gate keep it closed and locked when you are out.

Make sure your perimeter fence is in good condition and is not easy to climb. Consider the use of trellis on top of any rear fencing to increase height.

Invest in a good quality lock. Close shackle padlocks are recommended as they offer better resistance to bolt croppers and other tools that thieves usually come equipped with.

Check your oil gauges regularly to alert you to any potential thefts and help investigations by narrowing crime times down. Many tanks can be fitted with a gauge to monitor levels which can be read inside the house.

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

 Crime prevention visits

Please make contact with us to request crime prevention visits. We will be happy to visit and offer advice

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