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Wiltshire Horse Watch 4th March 2019


This is a Wiltshire Horse Watch newsletter sent from Wiltshire Police. You can share this message with anyone you feel would benefit from it; they can sign up to receive it directly from Wiltshire Messaging and choosing ‘Horse Watch’. If you have an upcoming local event you’d like to share with other Horse Watch members you can reply to this message with information and it can be considered for inclusion on our next Newsletter.
If you want to report a crime or incident this must be reported via 101. Call 999 if someone is at risk of being injured or a crime is in progress.

Recent Incidents and Crime

Update of crimes and incidents throughout Wiltshire affecting Horse owners, Yards and Rural areas. Check the security you have in place for your animals and belongings, keep an eye out for items for sale that match descriptions and/or pictures and if you can offer any information on these incidents call 101 and quote the crime reference number.


Area Date and Time Crime Reference Details
Chelworth Fields, Cricklade 19/02/19 2100- 20/02/2019 0700 54190017191 Unknown suspect/s have entered the Horse Stables and stolen:
  • 3 Horse Saddles
Little Coate, Devizes 22/02/2019 1130-1700


23/02/2019 1000-1500
54190018212 Person/s have:
  • Tampered with a locked padlock
  • Cut barb wire & electric fence to enter a Horse’s field
  • Forced entry to stable store and contents thrown all over field
  • Saddle, head collar and tether ropes have been put on the horse incorrectly, causing horse a great deal of distress to the horse.
The following day person/s have again entered the field, damaging fencing, overfed the horse and thrown away all of the horse’s water.
Sheppards Farm, Draycot Foliat 21/02/2019 1400 – 23/02/19 0930 54190018360 Unknown person/s have forced entry to a locked barn by smashing off a lock to a steel door and prising it open. A steel roll shutter door has been opened inside and they’ve stolen:
  • Large Ivor Williams Trailer
  • Show jumps (contained on the trailer)
Below are the stolen trailer and jumps. If seen on For Sale pages, websites or at events please call 101 and quote reference 54190018360.

Ford, Salisbury 28/02/2019 1800 – 01/03/2019 0720 54190020618 Unknown suspect/s have climbed a gate into yard and attempted to open the back of a horse trailer. It was partially open but nothing stolen from within.
Dumb Post Hill, Calne 01/03/2019 0930 54190020736
Reporting person was riding their horse when a tractor with trailer has driven quickly around a blind corner; causing horse and rider to stop suddenly and take evasive action to avoid going into a ditch. The tractor skidded, stopped and drove off. Take care if riding in this area.
Ravensbrook Nature Reserve, Minety 01/03/2019
Approx Midday
None – local report Whilst riding in livery yard an off-the-lead excitable, dark-haired Staffie dog has raced towards, under and around horse and rider. Owner could be heard recalling “Rosie” but it was some time before the dog left – having repeatedly ran excitedly at the horse. Be aware if riding in the area and dog owners to ensure their dogs are under control as whilst this horse had a tolerant temperament, this could have caused injury for horse and rider.
Salisbury Plain, Market Lavington 04/03/2019 54190021739 Reporting person has been riding her horse when 2 Saluki dogs have chased and attempted to bite the horse’s back legs. One dog muzzled. Dog owner has been sat in vehicle 100m away. No injuries sustained. Be aware if riding in the area.

Crime Prevention Advice

If you haven’t already, you might want to consider making contact with adjoining land owners or users, and any residential properties that have a view of your horse/s and belongings and exchanging mobile phone numbers. Using WhatsApp or Facebook messenger you can easily add everyone into one group, and be able to immediately contact each other should anything suspicious be observed. Offering to keep an eye on a residential home when people are away, and asking for them to message you if they see anything out of the ordinary around your horse/land, is a crime prevention step that can be beneficial for everybody.

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Lauren Clark (Police, Watch Co-ordinator, Wiltshire and Swindon)

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