Op Randall – Rural Crime Newsletter

Rural Crime Update: 28th April 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 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Insp Mark ASKHAM  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
NEWS RELEASE
Three arrested in connection with lead theft – Coltishall

Police have arrested two men and a woman on suspicion of theft offences in Coltishall.

Officers attended St John the Baptist Church, on Church Street at approximately 9.30pm on Wednesday evening ( 26 April 2016) to reports of suspicious activity.

On arrival, a 20-year-old man was found on the roof of the church. He was arrested on suspicion of theft and being in possession of a bladed article.

A man aged in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were also arrested in connection with the theft.

All three were taken to Aylsham Police Investigation Centre where they remain awaiting questioning.

Anyone who may have information about lead thefts in their neighbourhood should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Op Galileo

There have been no reported incidents of Hare coursing this week, but we continue to ask you to report incidents.

Heritage Crime We have had a Laptop and microphone receiver box taken from a St Cuthberts Church in Norwich.

Vehicles/Trailers

A Mini digger trailer was stolen from Snettisham and recovered in another police county.

Farm and Agriculture.

A muck grab was taken off the front of a JCB in Cranwich.

Rural crime

Between 200-250 Litre’s of Heating oil taken from a property in Roughton.

A leaf blower was taken from a locked workshop in Roydon along with a hedge trimmer and leaf blower from Walcot Green.

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’ and report these incidents to the Police and trading Standards.

This week has also seen a numbers of incidents with sellers trying to offload single and Tarmac.

Metal Theft

Lead taken from the roof of the Royal British Legion in Norwich.

10 Batteries taken from a commercial premises in East Winch and 30 Batteries from a garage in Kings Lynn.

A workshop was broken into in Breckles with offenders stripping out the electrical wiring.

Remember to Mark your property to make it unattractive to thieves.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

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 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Insp Mark ASKHAM  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

Vehicles/Trailers

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:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

Rural Crime Update: 14th April 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 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Insp Mark ASKHAM  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Op Galileo

Hare Coursing reported at Feltwell, Hockwold and Swaffham.

Heritage Crime

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

Vehicles/Trailers

There has been nothing of note to report.

Farm and Agriculture.

There has been nothing of note to report.

Rural crime

In Thetford tools and copper piping have been taken from vans in 2 separate incidents.

In Lynford a van was broken into with Batteries and a chain saw taken.

In Askwicken 2 Lawnmowers and a compressor taken.

In Ringstead Batteries, Cement mixer and power tools taken.

Heating oil

2000 Litres of heating oil taken from Attlebridge and another theft of heating oil from Melton Constable.

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.

This is your newsletter, so if you have any comments please let us know and we will try to include the things that you wish to see.

Please also spread the word and get more people receiving the newsletter.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

Rural Crime Update: 7th April 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 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Metal Theft DC Andy Brown  Tel 101 or 07900 407106 OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Wildlife Crime Insp Jon Papworth Tel 101 or WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 Newsletter feedback T/Insp Mark ASKHAM  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk  999
 All other enquiries DC Andy Brown  OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

Op Galileo.

Hare Coursing reported at Hilgay near Downham market and at Feltwell Anchor.

Heritage Crime

In Sutton, Rollesby and Quidenham Churches have been attacked with lead taken from the roof. Please make us aware of any suspicious activity.

Vehicles/Trailers

In West Walton small trailer was taken loaded with a Yellow dumper and a Pressure washer.

Farm and Agriculture.

In Brettenham a Large farm trailer was taken along with a Bale Spike, Pallet Tyne from a JCB Teleporta.

Rural crime

In West Dereham an outbuilding was broken into with Batteries and copper piping stolen.

In Hilborough sheds broken into but nothing taken.

In Hingham Eggs taken from roadside stall.

In Framlingham Earl 2 Digger buckets stolen.

8 Large batteries taken from Terrington.

Heating oil

In Shropham £500 worth of heating oil taken.

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:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

Rural Crime Update: 31st March 2017

Op Randall Rural Crime Newsletter

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.

Follow us:  @RuralCrimeNfk     #RuralCrime   #WildlifeCrime

Op Galileo
We are please to say there has been only one report of possible Hare coursing. This was reported to be happening at Ten mile bank, near Downham Market with 3 men and 3 lurchers.

Heritage Crime
There have been no incidents of note.

Vehicles/Trailers
In Rackheath a Mercedes Curtain side Lorry was taken from an industrial unit containing steel Louvres.

Farm and Agriculture.
In East Harling  a Augertorgue/ Drill was taken from the front of a digger valued at £1000.

In Walpole Highway a John DEERE green star GPS system was stolen

Rural crime
In Cromer a Red ornate post box has been stolen.

In Swaffham a Pressure washer was taken and a Compressor from Northwold has also been stolen.

In Booton Horse tack has been taken including 7 Bridals and 5 saddles.

Heating oil
Please consider fitting alarms to your oil tank. Please treat each activation as a potential crime. Thieves may trip the alarm several times in an attempt to get the alarm switched off.

In Toft Monks and Aldeby there were 2 incidents of the theft of heating oil.

In  Litcham, up to 500ltrs of heating oil has been reported stolen.

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:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

Rural Crime Update: 17th March 2017

Op Randall Rural Crime Newsletter

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.
Follow us:  @RuralCrimeNfk     #RuralCrime   #WildlifeCrime

Low Flying Civilian Aircraft information.

Around Stanfield, Dereham a blue and yellow helicopter has been reported as causing a nuisance. This was  reported as being below the 500ft limit in aviation law and disturbing cattle on the ground.  This is the second call regarding a blue and yellow helicopter flying in a similar manner. The Regulations-enforced by the CAA – stated below, means no ‘aircraft’ can fly within 500ft / 150m of a building, person, vehicle or vessel without prior permission.

Air navigation order 2009 –   RULES OF THE AIR REGULATIONS 2015 and  (SERA) Standardised European Rules of the Air

Annex 1, Sec’ B. The aircraft must not be flown closer than 150 metres (500 feet) to any person, vessel, vehicle or structure except with the permission of the CAA. (some exemptions apply)

If you witness unsafe practises by any air user, from a Paramotor ,                             aircraft  or helicopter(The images are for illustration purposes only).

Attempt to take picture or video, note the registration number down and contact the CAA- Civil Aviation Authority on:

infoservices@caa.co.uk

or..

CAA House, 45-59 Kingsway, London,  WC2B 6TE   or the main switchboard tel: 01293 567171

Op Galileo.

At 2105hrs in Matlaske, hare coursing was reported on land without permission. There were believed to be 6 people involved with a vehicle.  Officers responded and conducted an area search, but no further sightings were made.

Heritage Crime

In Carleton Forehoe, the lead was stolen from the church roof between 2300-0600hrs.

A historic site at Saham Toney close to Watton was targeted by Night Hawks again. The field had just been worked for crops. There is clear evidence night hawks have been on the land illegally metal detecting, with foot prints and holes that have been dug spread across field.

Vehicles/Trailers

In Tasburgh an Ifor Williams trailer stolen, this was a smaller single axle GD84G Drop tail-gate with mesh on top.
Within Wisbech, there was a theft of a Blue Line trailer. There is potential CCTV of the offence for fiurther investigation.
At Potter Heigham, a domestic garage was broken into. A lawn mower and trailer are belived stolen.

Farm and Agriculture.

In Kings Lynn 2 tractors were broken into overnight between 2100—0400. One vehicle had a window smashed and the second a trimble stolen. An item believed used in the theft was located at the scene and collected for forensic examination.

Near to Bawburgh 30 geese were stolen from a farm.

At Mattishall, straw bales placed blocking vehicle access onto the fields were vandalised and set alite in two separate incidents. There are on going issues in the area linked to hare coursers accessing the surrounding fields.
River Walk West Lynn, there has been a deliberate ignition of hay bales.

In Larling, 2 males were disturbed walking around the farmer at 0400hrs. They ran and jumped in the rear of an old escort car-derived van type vehicle.

Around Mundesley, A green Nissan Vanette was found at the rear of farm buildings on private land. When challenged, they let the area.

In Tattersett a teleporter has been stolen from a farm yard. The metal gate was lifted off its hinges to remove it. The ‘porter had been part stripped for maintenance and was stolen without these parts.

Rural crime

At Upwell a unit on a work site was broken into- 2 Stihl disc cutters, Fairport whacker plate, combi impact driver and assorted hand tools have been stolen. A red pick up was seen fleeing from the scene after the theft.

Heating oil

Please consider fitting alarms to your oil tank. Please treat each activation as a potential crime. Thieves may trip the alarm several times in an attempt to get the alarm switched off.

In Harpley there was a theft of heating oil. It is thought between 800-900ltrs have been stolen. Nothing was broken off or left behind by thieves.

AT Weeting, up to 500ltrs of heating were stolen.

In Rockland All Saints, between 1500-2000ltrs of Heating Oil stolen.

Tilney All Saints, a heating oil tank has been drained. It is unclear of volume taken, but the main fuel pipe was unscrewed and left undone. CSI will follow up regarding any forensic leads.

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.

At Royal Norwich Golf Club, 6 further golf buggies were targeted and stolen from the storage areas and moved. 2 buggies were located quickly by staff, these have had the batteries stripped from both vehicle.

In Narford,a generator, cables and batteries stolen from a locked unit from a work site.

Batteries were removed from construction equipment in Loddon. 2 batteries stolen from a tracked excavator and 1 battery stolen from as dumper on site.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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.

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.

You can email Op Randall any time on: OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk please call 101 or 999 for any crime or crime in progress.

If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also report incidents or pass information anonymously or via .
Find us on:     @RuralCrimeNfk     #RuralCrime   #WildlifeCrime 
Headlines…

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.

Vehicles/Trailers.
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:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
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

The news letter is released weekly.

The next issue will be sent out on Friday 17th March 2017. If you wish to pass feed back or information relevant for the newsletter, please feel free to contact on:

OperationRandall@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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

Rural Crime Update: 24th February 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.

Follow us:    @RuralCrimeNfk    #RuralCrime    #WildlifeCrime 
Headlines…
In Coltishall a small village store attacked by 2 males. They made off in a small hatch back focus/fiesta type vehicle.

Spixworth Post Office was burgled with the intention of targetting cigarettes. A door panel was kicked in to gain entry.

Lincolnshire Police called to inform Norfolk of a cigarette theft just south of Spalding. The vehicle was last seen heading towards Peterborough. A vehicle registration was taken, the investigation will continue.

Heritage Patrols were carried out at a specific vulnerable location in North Norfolk. A joint operation, Op Chronos linking in with English Heritage and Historic England are helping Norfolk Police to identify, target and patrol specific locations at risk of Nighthawking- Illegal metal detecting.

Vehicles/Trailers
In Raveningham a single axle steel trailer 8×5, with spare wheel made by PAGE of Gt Yarmouth was stolen. The chassis number and the index that was displayed has been passed over to Officers so an identificaton can be made once it’s located.

Farm and Agriculture.
In South Walsham a dark blue Ford Mondeo pulled onto farm land, up a private driveway. When sighted the vehicle left.

Fire
Close to Elvedon there was a deliberate ignition of a 10 sq metre piece of ground including trees. Fire service attended and extinguished the blaze.

Rural crime

In Threeholes, 2 males were challenged in a white van that had driven onto private land looking for scrap. When challenged and told to leave the area they became abusive.

At Great Yarmouth a small group of males seen at the rear of a dark coloured van ‘putting something together’ piping. Officers attended quickly and this turned out to be a large quantity of syphoning gear and a 500 gallon drum of diesel. 2 males arrested.

In rural Clenchwarton a Fiat 500 was seen driving past a farm entrance several times very slowly with a male and female occupant. This activity was deemed suspicious so it was reported to the Police.

At Hockwold, 3 males in a white van seen driving slowly past and paying close attetion to the farm.  Officers conducted an area search, no fly tips or anything of note in the area.

In Mundford a 21 inch self propelled Honda rotary lawn mower was stolen. A large window was physically removed from the side of the shed to gain entry and take the mower.

In Martham, a large 7ft high metal garden bird feeder station was stolen. The top half being removed but leaving the bottom section remaining in the lawn.

Heating oil
In Weeting the theft of heating oil was reported. There are lines of enquiry that will be followed up.

At Mulbarton 900ltrs of heating oil has been stolen. The tank was located in the garden. During the theft a silver BMX was taken and the lock broken off the shed, though noting appears taken from within.

In Claxton, up to 1500ltrs of heating oil has been stolen from two tanks at the same location.  A few nights ago a small 4×4 was seen after torches were spotted being used on the land, the 4×4 sped off when the occupants knew they’d been observed.

A road side restuarant in Hethersett was the victim of theft with120 litres of used cooking oil set aside for bio diesel. When confronted one of the two males became verbally aggressive and the white transit van they arrived in was diriven at another staff members vehicle to ensure they could escape. An index of the van was passed across so the investigation can continue.

Wildlife/Coursing
At South Pickenham, BlueBells and Snowdrops, up to 10,000 were dug up. The plastic crates for transport and re-sell were left on site. These Crates and plants recovered by owners.

In Narborough the following day, a second batch of Snowdrops and BlueBells were rpeoted stolen, htese were dug up and removed, the theives leaving behind some transport crates.

In Swardeston,  2 persons were seen on farm land with a large torch. They may have been hare coursing with dogs. Local Officers were unable to find anything.

Around Southery, a maroon Honda CRV with 4 males and 4 Lurcher type dogs were seen driving on farm land. The dogs were not seen lose or to have chased any animal.

Between Denver and Ten Mile Bank a gold coloured Subaru was seen in relation to hare coursing. The vehicle sped off across the fields.

Around the Rushall area a green Subaru Forester was seen with 3 persons and 3 Saluki type dogs in it. It is believed they were looking for a field with hare to go coursing.

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.

2 tractors had their batteries stolen in Diss. Both vehicles were parked unattended in a field when the theft occured.

At Colney a locked shed containing horse tack was broken into. The battery from an electric fence was stolen from the same paddock.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
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 Feltwell, what is described as a ‘truck’ type vehicle was seen on private land shining a red lamp across the field. The land owner had not given permission for anyone to be the land.

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

Rural Crime Update: 17th February 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.

 

Norfolk Police are beginning a new campaign targeting rural cannabis growing within domestic properties. If you see blacked out or silver foiled windows, come across a strong herbal smell, identify odd electrical wiring or find additional venting to a property that doesn’t look quite right please call us on: 101

In Lyng a large volume of soil and green matter was dumped on the edge of a farmer’s field. This was believed to cannabis plants remains – namely stalks and roots. This appears to have come from a sizeable hydroponic set up.

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

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Swanton Morely post office has been broken into. Cigarettes and alcohol were targeted but the shop and the contents were left in a mess.

In Little Melton a call was received about two males outside a shop trying to break in. Officers quickly attended the scene and discovered that the security light had been tampered with and unplugged but no break in had occurred.

Heritage Crime
At Shipdham Church, suspicious activity was reported when a white van was seen to pull up at about 02:30am and then switched its headlights lights off. Officers attended and discovered all was in order.

Concerns were raised at St. Paul’s Church in Thuxton.  A 4×4 vehicle was seen parked near to the church. A Police Officer and the church warden attended the church and confirmed nothing was out of place and all in order.

3 males were seen parked outside St Giles Church in Bradfield. This is the second time the vehicle had been noticed there. The vehicle and the occupants left the area, driving away. The males were not seen out of the car and there was no damage to the church.

We would encourage all readers to keep reporting any suspicious activity around any of Norfolk’s heritage sites.

Thank you for all you efforts in reporting suspicious activity – please keep up the good work.

Farm and Agriculture.
In Wissington, a secure outbuilding containing pesticides was broken into, by knocking a hole in the side of the building. A large amount of pesticide was stolen from within. A vehicle of a farm worker was also damaged on site – this may have been done by hare coursers as the ip states he’s had run in’s with them recently.

In Coltishall a dairy farm had 100 pannett tiles stolen. A white transit connect van was seen on site 3 weeks ago asking for old batteries, there is nothing directly linking the vehicle to the theft but this has been noted.

Fire
In Besthorpe, the Fire brigade attended a small fire in a hedge and bushes of a farm. The Fire Brigade believe this is a deliberate ignition.

Rural crime
In Garboldisham a suspicious gold Vauxhall was driving slowly past a farm entrance. The concerns being that the vehicle was driving specifically looking up the driveway into the property.

At Morningthorpe, 2 males were seen on a Moped, syphoning off diesel into a bottle. They made off when sighted but only one with a helmet. This may give the impression that the pair were very local to the area.

In Carleton Rode a white pick up (single cab) with a blue metal scrap bin on the rear entered a property being renovated. The vehicle was on sight for 3-4mins before leaving. It is unknown if anything was taken, but the vehicle is not known to the caller and was on site without permission.

In Outwell there was an attempted theft of touring caravan where with the hitch lock was pulled off. The caravan legs were also locked in place which may have helped in preventing the theft. PLEASE consider theft prevention on caravans, additional locks add time and noise, hindering a thief – this is not what they want!

At Mundford, a male was seen to enter a garden and peer into a conservatory and pay particular attention to a box trailer and caravan parked off the road on a the private drive way. When spotted the male jumped into a silver Vauxhall Corsa with a ladder on the roof.

Heating oil

In Syderstone there was a theft of heating oil.  About 250ltrs stolen from a tank.

In North Walsham, 500 gallons of heating oil stolen from a large tank at the premises.

Wildlife/Coursing
In Emneth at about 2100hrs, a vehicle (something similar to a Subaru Forester) with a lamp mounted was seen driving across fields. Shots were heard in the dark and dogs were seen chasing what was believed to be hare under the lamp light. After a few minutes the vehicle left towards Emneth village. It was reported to have returned shortly afterwards continuing its actions. Officers attended the area and conducted a search, unfortunately the vehicle was not located.

Between Threeholes and Ten Mile Bank, 3 vehicles were seen acting suspiciously around farm land driving over fields, a white Mitsubishi pick up, a silver Toyota Rav4 and something similar to a black Subaru. They made off when approached by farm workers. The occupants were not seen out of the vehicles with dogs and not seen to be chasing hare.

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.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

The RSPB reserve at Lakenheath has reported 3 off road motorbikes actively riding the tracks on the reserve. CCTV on the 29/01/2017 shows two males and one female rider. The trio have ridden close to where the cranes might nest this breeding season. The Eurasian Cranes are very sensitive to human disturbance on the reserve, so every effort is being made to combat this antisocial behaviour.

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 ongoing support you provide Norfolk Police.

 

Rural Crime Update: 10th February 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.  If you do not wish to leave your details, you can also call anonymously or via Crime Stoppers.

Night Hawking

There have been a few calls now relating to illegal metal detecting across historic sites in Norfolk. This illegal activity should not be confused with the person who legally seeks permission to detect on land and reports the finds they discover (The detectors Code of Practice is available at http://finds.org.uk/getinvolved/guides/codeofpractice).

Nighthawking is trespassing on land and the (attempted) theft of artifacts (Treasures Act 1996 / Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Act 1979). The items discovered may be sold for personal gain and the historic data that could be lost is priceless. If you see Nighthawks on land, day or night, please call 999 as this is a crime in progress. Try to take down information like, vehicle details, actions of the person, equipment seen and clothing worn by the person. Please do not approach them, call the Police immediately.

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Headlines…

On Thursday 02nd February at  Squires Drove in Three Holes, a white male in his 40s was stopped and arrested in connection to impersonating a Police Officer.  One reported stated that the vehicle was displaying blue flashing lights to the front.

At Wisbech a male was stopped in a white Fiat Van and subsequently arrested for running his vehicle on ‘Green Diesel’.

A male from the Wisbech area was located asleep in a vehicle containing several believed stolen vehicle type batteries. He was arrested for the suspected thefts. a second vehicle was also seized in relation to the male.

Policing Patrols in the west of the county have yielded 20 vehicle seizures between 13th January and 2nd February 2017. These were for Section 165- driving without a Licence for the class of vehicle or not having Insurance on the vehicle.

Lynford Lakes, near Mundford. The lakes are being actively targetted for illegal fishing. Several small areas of trees, bushes and scrub have been cleared illegally to create fishing swims around the lakes. There are no rights to fish the lakes at Lynford within the Forestry Commission land, these waters are patrolled by the Environment Agency with several fines being issued for illegal fishing.  There is a risk to waterfowl on the lakes due to Set Line fishing, these are lines which are staked or tied to the bank with single or multiple baited hooks to catch fish, this practice under the ‘Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975’ is banned.

Please remember:

To fish in the UK, you need a current Rod License issued by the Environment Agency from the age of 12yrs. (Local Byelaws apply)

Norfolk Police assisted in retrieving a stolen wood chipper from Cambridgeshire. The GPS tracker activated and was traced successfully by Officers close by. This will be forensically examined and can then be returned to the owner.

Heritage Crime
In South Creake, St Marys Church was the victim of a theft when a crucifix was stolen from the church.
We would like to thank you for all your calls regarding Heritage crime.

Each call helps Norfolk Police tackle the Heritage Crime, St Georges Church in Gooderstone, where two males were seen in suspcious Circumstances. Local Officers were able to attend the area quickly and ensure all was in order.

In Bylaugh, a small blue car was sighted driving around the private addresses. An index was passed through to Police so we can continue the investigation, following up any suspicious activity.

You are our eyes and ears and we depend on your assistance to reduce rural crime.

Farm and Agriculture
In Narborough a white flat bed tipper truck pulled onto land containing metal containers and chicken sheds. One male walked round before leaving swiftly after being spotted.
In Saham Toney an energiser stolen from the edge of a field containing sheep. The energiser has been property marked.
At Hingham £25 of eggs taken from a road side vender.  There is good quality CCTV on site and this shows a vehicle and persons to help us follow up the investigation.

Rural Crime
In Necton concerns were raised after outbuildings were broken into and searched. A white van type vehicle had been seen making off with a potential leaking sump.
At Croxton 3 hooded males in dark clothing were seen behind a log pile behind a property. When sighted, they then made off into woodland away from the address. Nothing was taken or disturbed at the property.

Heating Oil Theft
In Bawdeswell half a tank of heating oil has been stolen. The tank lid being removed and is now missing. The owner had left the address for a short time, but returned to see muddy tracks around the property.
At Sloley near Norwich a heating oil theft of up to 500ltrs was reported. Evidence was recovered at the scene for CSI examination.
In Garboldisham, a small theft of heating oil occurred about 2 weeks previously which was not reported. There has now been a second substantial theft of about 500ltrs stolen.

Wildlife/Coursing

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.

We have received reports of coursing during daylight and nightime hours. These are manily around the Outwell, Marham, Swardeston and Keswick areas. Lamps have been visible across the fields and dogs seen running in the light beam pursing hare. At Feltwell, a green Subaru Forester was seen driving around, potentially looking for a coursing location.

Potential deer poaching has being reported out at Blickling, Worstead Park, Merton and further incidents at Catfield. 4×4 vehicles are being reported driving around land without permission.

A green Mitsubishi Shogun/Pajero was reported at Downham Market and Winfarthing for trespassing on farm land. The suspicion was for hare coursing. No coursing was witnessed and when stopped by local Officers, the dogs in the vehicle were clean.

Wildlife Crime:     WildlifeCrime@norfolk.pnn.police.uk
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

There was an attempted theft of Snowdrops from a garden Nursery at Wisbech. Multiple trays containing several hundred plants were moved in an attempt to collect them at a later time. Wild Snowdrops are protected under CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species – of Wild Fauna and Flora) for the international sale and distribution is tightly controlled.

The Snowdrop bulb themselves can be poisonous if eaten but can be used to act as a Deer and Squirrel deterrent in flower beds (From the Countryfile website).

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.

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